Go ahead, run! Trail running is gaining in popularity so it’s a good thing we live in Colorado where there are tons of dedicated trails to run on. While there are pros and cons to trail running, one thing is for certain, Boulder Running Company can help you choose the right trail running shoe for your needs and style. But first, let’s take a look at some of the reasons why trail running is so great and some of the things to watch out for:
What’s great about trail running:
- It lets you release that primal need to just run, run, run. Being in nature helps give you that wild feeling.
- The softer surfaces are easier on your joints and muscles.
- You get to run for the sake of running, not for beating a time or for getting some exercise in before the workday begins.
- It’s often safer because you don’t have to worry about sharing the road with cars.
- The varied terrain is more interesting to look at.
- Your endurance and muscle strength improve because the terrain is usually more difficult, requiring the use of different muscles and your core to manage uneven terrain and inclines.
What to beware of in trail running:
- Some of the very things that are good, can be a negative including that softer surfaces can be muddy, rocky and slippery, increasing the chance of injury.
- Being in the wilderness, away from familiar city streets or park paths, can mean you can get lost or don’t have access to help if you get injured.
- You may be so busy looking around you at the beautiful scenery, that you trip or twist your ankle on the uneven surfaces.
So, overall, be safe, aware and prepared to fully enjoy trail running. Part of that preparation is having the right kind of shoe. Now, let’s take a look at some of the options Boulder Running Company has to offer the trail runner.
Created by ski touring and mountain specialists, Dynafit Pantera Trail Shoe ($139.95) offers DUO motion full length EVA midsole for cushion and stability. The ESS midsole plate provides flexible protection from sharp stones while the Vibram mapping compound sole has three rubber compounds that can take on a variety of surfaces.
Considered a minimal trail running shoe, the New Balance WT1010 ($109.95) has a 4mm heel-to-toe offset that encourages more of a midfoot stike. A forefoot rock plate protects feet on rocky terrain. The thin upper has a tighter weave to help you maintain medial and lateral support on uneven terrain while the Vibram outsole offers durability and real group on the trail.
The oversized EVA Midsole Technology of the Hoka One One Stinson ATR ($159.95) has 2.5X greater volume than traditional running shoes which encourages running longer, with better stability and more cushioning. The light EVA midsole compresses, providing excellent shock absorption, springing back underfoot to give you better acceleration.
For runners who tend toward mid-foot pronation, the Pearl Izumi E:Motion Trail M2 ($124.95) is the best choice. Midsole densities provide support and stability while the forefoot’s rock plate and lugged outsole let you handle rocks and other debris on the trail. “Project E:motion” provides a smooth, fluid running experience.
Boulder Running Company has an extensive selection of trail running shoes for both men and women. Shop online or come into one our stores to see the full selection, try on some shoes and see which ones feel best for your trail running experience so you can run free, with confidence and comfort.