Running down the streets and through the parks of your neighborhood is a great starting point for those new to running. If you’re lucky, you may live near a river or lake that has a multi-use pathway along side it just perfect for that twilight jog. However, one form of running not yet talked about on this site, and one which is growing in popularity, is trail running.
Trail running is “off-road” running through rugged terrain such as mountains, hills and forests, often encountering narrow pathways and steep inclines or declines on unsteady ground. For these reasons, good trail running shoes are vital for your safety and comfort.
As the name suggests, trail running shoes have important differences to road and track running shoes:
- For starters, the soles are much rougher to provide extra grip, as well as being thicker and more rigid. The thickness is to protect the runner from possible puncture wounds and the rigidity is there to provide increased stability.
- Many shoes for trail running will have a lacing pattern designed to produce a snug, wraparound feel. This is important when running over uneven ground, as it gives the feet and ankles extra support.
- The outer part of the shoe upper will also be stronger and more durable than your average road running shoe, and will usually consist of breathable combinations of leather and mesh, which are essential in a good trail shoe.
Before buying your trail running shoes, read the important information on the other pages of this website regarding foot type. Then get yourself down to a good running shoe store for some detailed foot type analysis and try on as many brands as you can while you are there. Armed with all this knowledge, now shop around on Main Street or online to get the best possible price.
Trail running is an exciting variation on road running and another great way of getting a good cardiovascular (aerobic) workout. And with a pair of good trail running shoes you can look forward to a safer, more comfortable run.
Some well regarded men's trail running shoes:
And some great women's trail running shoes as well: