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Many runners – especially in shorter road races – prefer to compete in racing shoes. Racing shoes are lighter and more flexible than training shoes. But there's a trade-off.
To make racing shoes lighter and more flexible, manufacturers remove weight where it's easiest: the midsole. This means that racing shoes don't offer motion control like pronation-control or supinate running shoes do. And there's less cushioning – often a great deal less.
Racing shoes may be a good choice for lighter runners with no biomechanical issues. But roads are unforgiving… overpronators, supinators and heavy runners should probably race – even relatively short distances like a 5K – in a good pair of training shoes.