Shankara Smith

Owner, London

What fuels my running? Love of this fascinating world we live in. I won't go running without my... properly fitted running shoes! I run and become... someone who lives in the moment again. My best ever running experience... Running on snow for the first time, in a silent and deserted Warsaw park. Simply magical. That plus, in my fortieth year, matching my 2-mile race time from my early 20s.

How to Find Your Best Running Bra, 2023

The most fundamental piece of kit for women can be the most frustrating to get perfect.

Review: La Sportiva Akasha 2, Trail Running Shoes

Excellent trail running shoe with good cushioning for long days on trails and hills with a mix of road, trail and mud.

Best Vegan Running Shoes: Summer 2023

Many running shoes use plant-based materials, but some are 100% vegan, including the glues. Check out our top selection of totally vegan running brands.

Review: Saucony Triumph 20, Neutral Road Running Shoes

A fantastic road running shoe for those looking for a smooth ride, soft feel, and balance in their running gait. This shoe is also a great option for those returning to running after an injury.

Review: Women's Janji Revo Rover Pullover 

The most comfortable running top, which flatters all shapes, from a company that’s sincerely trying to have a lighter footprint on this precious planet.

Review: On Cloudrunner, Support Road Running Shoes

A great road running shoe for those looking for the perfect blend of cushioned comfort and responsiveness, whilst supporting the foot to encourage a balanced gait. Made from 30% recycled materials.

Review: Sidas Gel Toe Cap & Wrap

A simple, soft, stretchy gel wrap that pops over your toe and can be pulled down the toe to protect against caluses or blisters, or eased up to cover the toe nail and prevent black toenails.

Choosing Running Nutrition

Nutrition is an essential part of a runner's training. A popular choice is a high-carbohydrate content in energy drinks, energy gels, energy bars or chews.

How do I know my foot strike when running?

Knowing your foot strike and gait is crucial when choosing running shoes. Find out if you're neutral, overpronating or supinating, and what to do next.

Transition to Minimalist Running Shoes

Been inspired by the new breed of running shoes? Shankara has some tips and exercises.

Best Backpacks for Running

What's the best running backpack for you? If you're running to work (or play) with stuff on your back let's make sure you're comfortable.

Review: Brooks Dare Scoopback Running Bra

A bra that stays dry, is super comfortable, makes you feel secure and therefore more confident whilst doing sport.

Trail Running for Beginners

Get some mud on those shoes! Running off-road is fun and energising.

Review: Brooks Drive Interlace Bra

Brooks Drive Interlace Bra is a supportive and comfortable compression running bra that avoids the uni-boob look.

Running: Your Guide to Hydration & Dehydration

What is the secret to staying hydrated when you’re running, enabling you to train or race at your best?

How running can benefit mental health

Running helps alleviate stress, anxiety & depression, increases positive thinking, motivation & inspiration, brings satisfaction & helps us feel connected.

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