TIPS FOR THE TRAIL - SHOE FIT AND TREAD MATTERS
By Rachel Cieslewicz
One of the vast differences in trail running and road running is shoe choices. On the road, most people can get away with a pair of training shoes and a pair of race day flats. This works, as the biggest barrier might be other runners or a pothole. Trail running shoe choice can be a very different story.
Unless you are running on local trails only where the terrain is similar all of the time, I suggest owning at least two different types of shoes. While fit is important, tread and lateral support differences can make or break your event. We are fortunate to have a huge variety of brands and shoes to choose from. It can be overwhelming, but easily narrowed first by determining if your running style is on the forefoot or the heel. Other factors can be if you run light and fluid like a gazelle, in which the lighter more flexible shoes are good choices. If you strike with a heavy hard plod, a more supportive shoe is a better choice.
Once you've narrowed it down, start trying shoes on. You will find that certain shoes just feel right. Fabulous! Make certain that there are zero hot spots, you try them on with the sock that is right for you and you at least give them a trial run to make sure there is no slippage and they allow for your natural gait.
ARIZONA SERIES FINALE SET FOR MARCH 25
New course at Black Canyon to provide numerous challenges
The last chance to race in the 2011-12 XTERRA Arizona Trail Run Series will come at a first-time event.
The inaugural XTERRA Black Canyon Trail Run is scheduled for March 25 at Rock Springs, Arizona, and it will serve as the series finale for the 2011-12 season of the XTERRA Arizona Trail Run Series.
Race director Shannon Lindner said the course at Black Canyon is relatively new and unexplored, and runners who have never been there will be treated to unique views as well as challenging terrain.
"This is a fairly new trail, and parts are still under construction," Arizona Series director Shannon Lindner said. "It most likely will not be as familiar to the average metro trail runner from Arizona, and to the best of my knowledge, this is the first trail run event held on the trail."
The event will feature two course options - a 21-kilometer long course for distance runners, and a 9-kilometer course for sprinters and less-experienced runners. The long course will take runners on numerous twists and turns, including several descents down to a river bed, and subsequent challenging climbs.
Photo courtesy www.aztrailrace.com
FLORIDA SERIES RESUMES MARCH 25
After a four-month winter break, the XTERRA Florida Trail Run Series will resume on March 25, when the XTERRA Trout Creek Trail Run takes place at Tampa, Florida.
The event will feature two course options – a 15-kilometer long course for experienced distance runners, and a 5-kilometer short course for sprinters and less-experienced runners.
The top 25 male and top 25 female finishers will receive a commemorative ceramic campfire mug. The race will also serve as a fundraiser for Wilderness Parks in Florida, and $5 from each entry fee will be donated to the cause.
The Trout Creek Trail Run will be the second race of the 2011-12 season for the XTERRA Florida Trail Run Series. The first race, the XTERRA Wild Horse Trail Run, was completed in November.
To register for the race or learn more about it, please visit www.tamparaces.com.
PAUL MITCHELL RENEWS XTERRA PARTNERSHIP
John Paul Mitchell Systems, the world’s largest privately owned professional salon hair care company, will once again partner with XTERRA – the nation’s premier off-road triathlon and trail running series – as a Presenting Sponsor in 2012.
Paul Mitchell is the longest-tenured corporate sponsor in the history of XTERRA, with the relationship dating back more than 17 years.
“We support events that are all about getting out there and doing it yourself,” said Julie Solwold, the Vice President of Global Sports and Events for John Paul Mitchell Systems. “The Live More lifestyle that XTERRA embodies, and the fundamental belief of taking care of the environment are important to us, and I know it’s important to the athletes. I think XTERRA racers are enlightened. If someone falls, they help them up and they don’t trash the environment because they don’t want to dirty up their playground. That’s integrity.”
CONTACT THE XTERRA TRAIL RUN SERIES
Toll-free: 877-XTERRA-1 (877-983-7721)
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