I have got my first ultra in August this year. It's going to be 53km along alpine paths and I'm looking for a shoe to race in.
So far my trail shoes have always been Salomons (XA Pro, Crossmax and Speedcross) but typically the Crossmax have been discontinued and other styles I've tried trash my feet (I've got really wide fore-feet).
In essence I'm wondering:
1) For this distance would I benefit from the additional cushioning of an 'ultra' shoe (e.g.Hoka One One's);
2) Can anyone recommend a style or brand with a higher volume toe-box?
I've been getting more into my running over the past 6 months or so and recently completed my first half marathon. While training though I've found that my feet are blistering on longer runs.
I know I run with a mid-foot strike but on most runs over 7-8km I seem to get blisters forming on the balls of my feet at the base of my big toe. I've tried a variety of different socks, talc before running and even a couple of different pairs of shoes. I just don't seem to be able to find a way of stopping it happening.
I'd welcome any suggestions that I could try, or would be interested if anyone else has the same sort of issue?
Thank you for the replies! I've been using Therabands to try and regain some stability and I've been doing other exercises for mobility for a couple of weeks. My ankle is starting to feel stronger and I've been able to go for an indoor climb to try an help it heal as well. I'm hoping that in the next week I'll get outside for a short run on grass (on the advice of my physio).
Thanks again for the replies! I'll incorporate your suggestions into my current series of exercises! Fingers crossed!!
I broke my ankle in a rock-climbing fall in May and I'm just starting to get back on my feet. I broke my talus and ended up with 2 screws in it. I've been having physio since 2 weeks post-op and am now (6 weeks later) able to walk on it.
I've been told that I may or may not be able to run on it in the future and so wanted to ask if anyone has any advice to help me rehabilitate it. Obviously I want to give myself the best possible chance of being able to run again, so any advice or similar experiences would be appreciated.