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When would I use a running flat instead of spikes?

Running or racing flats should be worn if you have a biomechanically efficient stride (minimal pronation), do not have any current injuries, and want an exceptionally fast, lightweight shoe for road races. Spikes are best suited for runners doing speed workouts on soft surfaces or competing in track or cross country races. These shoes are built low to the ground with a glove like fit and are designed for speed. They offer no support and very little impact protection. However, many runners use performance training shoes or their regular training shoes for road races instead of running flats.

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