Running Spikes/Track shoes

5 messages
09/08/2011 at 14:37
So i recently joined a running club and i now have access to an olympic grade athletics track, something which i have for a long time wanted to do is get some 1500 and 5000 meter times in at a very solid pace, i do all my distance running on the road, track running is boring at anything over those distances,

My question is about spikes, i've looked at a few middle distance track shoes, and even the long distance ones, and they offer little in the way of cushioning compared to the big old road shoes we wear, i'm thinking this wont be too much of an issue as tracks are not as harsh as the road and the distances are significantly lower,

But has anyone else done any mileage in track shoes? did you feel like your feet were spoiled by big road shoes? any issues? what spikes were you using? pyramid, needles, compression tier etc.

any tips on adjusting running style?
09/08/2011 at 17:08
Spikes will be a little bit of a shock to the achillies and calves.

Tracks are NOT soft.

You will get use to them in time but I would advise that you take your time. I still warm up and cool down in my trainers wearing spikes purely for the reps.

Of course as an intermediate step you could try buying racing flats
09/08/2011 at 20:30
Well I also run in vibrams too, only up to 5k, but I've ran many miles in barefoot shoes, so my calves should be ok with these,

But yes, I think I'll do most of my track work in my asics and just some speed work in the spikes.
09/08/2011 at 20:57

I ran over distance in sprint spikes (they should have been for 100m, did 2k) and almost tore my calf in half. I do the same times now in racing flats (Brooks Green Silence), unless you're a gazzelle (sp.) you don't *need* spikes.

I've done upto 10k in them (Brooks), wouldn't want to do a half in them yet.

09/08/2011 at 22:08
Thanks for the info guys,

We'd love you to add a comment! Please login or take half a minute to register as a free member
5 messages
Previously bookmarked threads are now visible in "Followed Threads". You can also manage notifications on these threads from the "Forum Settings" section of your profile settings page to prevent being sent an email when a reply is made.
Forum Jump  

RW competitions

RW Forums