With less than two months to go to the start of the third running of the Cooley Legends Half Marathon & 10k, the hills are alive with runners in training. Its been a very mild winter, with little interruption to the training runs in preperation for this years run.
Road Runners or Trail Runners?
Road running shoes are designed for pavement and occasional forays onto packed surfaces with slight irregularities (fire roads, nature trails, wood-chip paths). Light and flexible, they’re made to cushion or stabilize feet during repetitive strides on hard, even surfaces.
Trail running shoes on the other hand, are essentially beefed-up running shoes designed for off-road duties. They are beefed up with aggressive outsoles for solid traction and fortified to offer stability, support and underfoot protection. If you routinely encounter roots, rocks, mud, critter holes or other obstacles on the Cooley Legends, choose trail runners. 40% of this run is on surfaced road and if dry conditions have been the order for a week or so, road runners will surfice.
Tip: If you can’t find a trail shoe with the right fit for your running mechanics, it’s better to go with a road-running shoe.