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Different Shoes for Running Off Road?

Veronica2010-05-01 18:22:20 +0000 #1
After both of my races my ankles have been kind of tired. It's not an ache or a pain; they just feel tired.

All of my training runs have been on asphalt and I think that having to stabilize my feet on the gravel is at the root of my ankle issue.

Would trail running shoes give my ankles more support? I know they 'll probably give me better traction. Or is it just a case of needing to strengthen my ankles? Or both?


rocknrollgirl2010-05-01 18:37:50 +0000 #2

I train and race primarily off road ( with the exception of the road sprints this season). Unless you are on really rugged trails, you should be fine in your regular running shoes. When it gets rocky or loose is when you need trail runners.

I only use my trail runners on rough stuff. they gravel trails and rail to trails that we run, I just wear my regular shoes.
Veronica2010-05-01 18:53:38 +0000 #3
Good - so I don't need another pair of shoes. I just need to toughen up.

Flybye2010-05-01 19:24:15 +0000 #4
I don't think she said you don't need another pair of shoes...............
yellow2010-05-01 19:57:46 +0000 #5

Originally Posted by Flybye

I don't think she said you don't need another pair of shoes...............

heh heh...I have shoes for most (note that I do not say "all" conditions):

road and dirt mixed
mildly technical dirt only
very technical dirt (these also work well in the need for YakTrax)
technical dirt with lots of water
all-purpose dirt

I need to replace my "road and dirt mixed" shoes. My road shoes barely have any miles on them (I used them for the dreadmill over the winter).

I won't go into gaiters and gusseted versus non-gusseted tongues!

All that being said, it's more about the bottom of my feet and the level of rigidity I want than ankle support. Ankles just get stronger over time, especially if you trail run!
Veronica2010-05-01 20:38:41 +0000 #6
Thom says you are evil Sue!




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