I need advice - my road trainers, trail shoes or full walking boots
I am new to this - but loving it!
I have lost 6 stone in 5 months speed walking - but still weigh over 20 stone.
What I need to know is, can my faithful brooks road trainers that have got me through the last 2 half marathons do the job for beacy head? or do I REALLY need trail shoes? or do I go the full monty with walking boots? does weather conditions make any difference. I have an extra wide foot, so spending out another £150 on a pair of footwear for a one off event doesn't thrill me. also, I am walking up and down hills to prepare - but they are road paths. Do I have to train off-road?
thanks in advance - I appreciate the community support!
WR - this question comes up every year - usually in the event thread (there's one open in Events if you want to join in)
the answer is always the same - it really depends on the weather leading up to the event.
in "normal" years - road shoes are fine as the trails will still be hard. there are only a few sections (in Friston Forest) where it can be a bit muddy but if it's been dry you can cope with these in road shoes.
but this year, and certainly recently, it's been as wet as hell and a lot of the tracks will be muddy but you'd be surprised how quickly they can dry out with a few days of sun and wind. the open grassy sections will always be fine, but the forest tracks will not dry out much now. the chalk tracks could be a bit hit and miss.
I suspect that the next few weeks are still going to see a fair bit of rain which isn't going to help so I think that trail shoes would be the best option.
you're always best training off-road for this event - it's a tough challenge with 95% of it on trails so being used to running off-road will help a lot.
if you do go for trail shoe - and I think you should - then get some that that you can still run on hard surfaces in as they will be more cushioned for your weight. fell shoes or similar with aggressive mud-gripping soles have little cushioning (that cushioning comes from muddy and grassy srufaces) and can be uncomfy on hard surfaces.
Brooks might do a trail shoe that will have a similar feel to your road shoe - talk to a specialist shop about this and/or check their website
I live close to the event (and am masrhalling again this year) and I'll try to get out on the mountain bike at the weekend to check the trails out - I'll post a summary in events
Visit the official Runner's World page
Follow Runner's World on Twitter
Other Natmag-Rodale Sites
Run For Charity
About Runner's World
Runner's World is a publication of Hearst Magazines UK which is the trading name of The National Magazine Company Ltd, 72 Broadwick Street, London, W1F 9EP. Registered in England 112955. All rights reserved.
Website powered by: Immediate Media Company Ltd. | © Runner's World 2002-2013 |