"At least 99 percent of running is just showing up,
getting out there and putting one foot in front of the other."
- John Hanc, The Essential Runner
Once I made the decision to make this a ChrisK tribute blog (who can resist The Manly Runner?), it was only fitting that he appear (not literally) in a well-known, national magazine. Yes, that's right, not only Beth from Shut Up And Run (SEWER) made the big leagues.
- Not only was the article entitled BQ or Die, but
- They mentioned ChrisK's blog, BQ or Die as well.
Bravo Chris, you're almost famous! Maybe now a woman will be able to love that 47 year old shallow commitment phobe searching for single, drunk, and horny women for booty calls or possible meaningless relationships.
The most recent Trail Runner Mag is soon to be released, and you can actually access it digitally by heading over to http://trailrunnermag.com/digital-editions/72.html. If you haven't read this magazine before or you don't have access to it, the digital editions are fun to look through.
Recently Patrick (of The Road [Multi-Sport] ) and I tweeted back and forth about trail running shoes. He was looking at some very cool La Sportiva shoes, but I questioned whether he actually needed the more technical trail shoes for the locations he normally runs. I have some more technical trail shoes, which are a boon in winter and on a few of the trails I run on, but for the most part, I am just as comfortable running in road shoes. I decided to do some research into whether or not trail shoes are necessary and, while both sides are well-represented, there is no hard and fast rule. Runners World did, however, have a really great article on the benefits of trail shoes:
Why Wear Trail Shoes?
Here are a few reasons why trail shoes…are trail shoes.
- Traction. The soles of road shoes are meant to grip roads, meaning they’re not very effective on dirt, mud and rock. Trail shoes utilize various traction—like large lugs, multi-directional lugs with teeth strategically placed to maximize grip, and sticky rubber compounds to give you more control on a variety of trail surfaces.
- Protection. Unlike road shoes, trail shoes often feature tighter-weaved mesh uppers to protect your socks and feet from trail debris, as sand, silt and dirt is blocked by the tight weave. Also, those beefy, rubber caps you often see on the toes of trail shoes serve an important purpose. They’re called “toe bumpers,” and they protect your toes from pain and bruises, should you kick a rock or root. And finally, most trail running shoes have some sort of flexible (some are more flexible than others), hard plastic plate within the midsole that’s there to block sharp jabs from rocks, roots, stick and such. The plate saves the underside of your feet from surprising pain.
- Support/Stability. Some road shoes—the ones built for overpronators—have stability built into the midsole to straighten our a runner’s footstrike. But trail shoes provide stability to all runners, neutral and overpronators alike…and everyone in between. This is a different kind of stability (though an increasing number of trail shoes are integrating traditional medial posts into their shoes). Trail shoe stability comes from more supportive materials on the upper that really aim to strap your foot down and keep it from slip-sliding around too much. That, joined with what’s often a more secure fit in the heel that fans out to a wider toe box, provides stability within the shoe. Externally, trail shoes often feature a wider platform…picture fat, bumpy tires extending from the sides of an off-road vehicle.
- Looks. You’d be hard-pressed to find a white trail shoe, and if you did, it wouldn’t be white for long. Trail running shoes are darker colors to hide, or at least, to provide a colorful backdrop for, all that great dirt and grime you’ll pick up on the trail. Plus, they look a lot cooler with your jeans that your whiter-than-white road shoes.
(List originally appeared on the Runner's World website.)