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Pure trail shoes? Just my road shoes? Hybrids? I've heard it all...

I'd like more input on what people think! I'd prefer not to change shoes...so looking for something I can wear the whole way. Tried on the North Face Hyper-Track Guide at my running store and liked it...it's a "hybrid" and I can definitely see how it could work on both surfaces...and would be fine on the towpath. But is that enough for the trail? The rocks?

Anyway, thoughts? Suggestions? Experiences?

Thanks!


2013-07-24 12:42 PM
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The majority of the run is on roads and the canal path.....the AT is maybe 11 miles?? Its rocky and covered with leaves...there are no drop bags so would be hard to carry extra shoes with you to change into
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Originally posted by Jungle Jenn

The majority of the run is on roads and the canal path.....the AT is maybe 11 miles?? Its rocky and covered with leaves...there are no drop bags so would be hard to carry extra shoes with you to change into


I agree with Jenn that the majority of the race is on the tow path so a solid pair of road shoes or hybrids should do the trick.The first 1.5-2 miles is on the road, some of which is so steep that you will be walking along with everyone else for several minutes. Once you are on the AT it is not so much rocky as it is filled with single track dirt and lots of slabs of granite. Mentally you will be tired after the AT because you really have to focus on your foot placement. You won't find loose rock, the granite slabs come in all shapes and sizes. Some are flat and can be slippery, especially if there is sand or leaves on top. Other slabs are verticle so you will be triying to find solid ground in between the rock plates to place your foot. You have to be agile on the AT. I saw a broken akle and my crewing wife saw a broken arm. Suffice to say, if you fall on the AT! Ther is a good chance yo will land on something hard and it will hurt.

I ran in Brooks ASR Adrenaline trail shoes last year, and will likely do the same this year. Those shoes are largely a beefed up road shoe in my opinion. You might appreciate a shoe with a bit of a toe gaurd, but that's not essential. I would not recommend a minimalist shoe on the AT as there will inevitably be times when you have to plant you foot on the top edge of some of those granite slabs. In those situations, you will definately want some tread under your arch.

I would also recommend gaiters. The tow path is flat but composed of fine gravel. In November you'll also have plenty of leaves and other tree debrise. A good pair of gaiters will keep a lot of the trash out of your shoes.

Jenn mentioned no drop bags. There are lots of places for crew support on the course. I was able to get three drop bags on the course. I did have a pair of shoes waiting for me at mile 15 as I came off of the AT, but I opted not to change shoes. I did however take advantage of dropping some clothes at that point. Later around mile 38, I picked up some arm warmers and a flash light from my third drop bag.

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Originally posted by runamarathon

Originally posted by Jungle Jenn

The majority of the run is on roads and the canal path.....the AT is maybe 11 miles?? Its rocky and covered with leaves...there are no drop bags so would be hard to carry extra shoes with you to change into


I agree with Jenn that the majority of the race is on the tow path so a solid pair of road shoes or hybrids should do the trick.The first 1.5-2 miles is on the road, some of which is so steep that you will be walking along with everyone else for several minutes. Once you are on the AT it is not so much rocky as it is filled with single track dirt and lots of slabs of granite. Mentally you will be tired after the AT because you really have to focus on your foot placement. You won't find loose rock, the granite slabs come in all shapes and sizes. Some are flat and can be slippery, especially if there is sand or leaves on top. Other slabs are verticle so you will be triying to find solid ground in between the rock plates to place your foot. You have to be agile on the AT. I saw a broken akle and my crewing wife saw a broken arm. Suffice to say, if you fall on the AT! Ther is a good chance yo will land on something hard and it will hurt.

I ran in Brooks ASR Adrenaline trail shoes last year, and will likely do the same this year. Those shoes are largely a beefed up road shoe in my opinion. You might appreciate a shoe with a bit of a toe gaurd, but that's not essential. I would not recommend a minimalist shoe on the AT as there will inevitably be times when you have to plant you foot on the top edge of some of those granite slabs. In those situations, you will definately want some tread under your arch.

I would also recommend gaiters. The tow path is flat but composed of fine gravel. In November you'll also have plenty of leaves and other tree debrise. A good pair of gaiters will keep a lot of the trash out of your shoes.

Jenn mentioned no drop bags. There are lots of places for crew support on the course. I was able to get three drop bags on the course. I did have a pair of shoes waiting for me at mile 15 as I came off of the AT, but I opted not to change shoes. I did however take advantage of dropping some clothes at that point. Later around mile 38, I picked up some arm warmers and a flash light from my third drop bag.

I tend to forget people have husbands and wives and such that go along with them haha....Im always solo but was great meeting you afterwards!!
2013-07-25 4:12 PM
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Subject: RE: JFK Shoe Suggestions
Originally posted by Jungle Jenn

Originally posted by runamarathon

Originally posted by Jungle Jenn

The majority of the run is on roads and the canal path.....the AT is maybe 11 miles?? Its rocky and covered with leaves...there are no drop bags so would be hard to carry extra shoes with you to change into


I agree with Jenn that the majority of the race is on the tow path so a solid pair of road shoes or hybrids should do the trick.The first 1.5-2 miles is on the road, some of which is so steep that you will be walking along with everyone else for several minutes. Once you are on the AT it is not so much rocky as it is filled with single track dirt and lots of slabs of granite. Mentally you will be tired after the AT because you really have to focus on your foot placement. You won't find loose rock, the granite slabs come in all shapes and sizes. Some are flat and can be slippery, especially if there is sand or leaves on top. Other slabs are verticle so you will be triying to find solid ground in between the rock plates to place your foot. You have to be agile on the AT. I saw a broken akle and my crewing wife saw a broken arm. Suffice to say, if you fall on the AT! Ther is a good chance yo will land on something hard and it will hurt.

I ran in Brooks ASR Adrenaline trail shoes last year, and will likely do the same this year. Those shoes are largely a beefed up road shoe in my opinion. You might appreciate a shoe with a bit of a toe gaurd, but that's not essential. I would not recommend a minimalist shoe on the AT as there will inevitably be times when you have to plant you foot on the top edge of some of those granite slabs. In those situations, you will definately want some tread under your arch.

I would also recommend gaiters. The tow path is flat but composed of fine gravel. In November you'll also have plenty of leaves and other tree debrise. A good pair of gaiters will keep a lot of the trash out of your shoes.

Jenn mentioned no drop bags. There are lots of places for crew support on the course. I was able to get three drop bags on the course. I did have a pair of shoes waiting for me at mile 15 as I came off of the AT, but I opted not to change shoes. I did however take advantage of dropping some clothes at that point. Later around mile 38, I picked up some arm warmers and a flash light from my third drop bag.

I tend to forget people have husbands and wives and such that go along with them haha....Im always solo but was great meeting you afterwards!!


Crew support? You never know what might happen at the Double Iron. As you firm up you plans send me a pm. We'll see what we can do. :-)
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I've never been fortunate to have crew or support Amy who is also doing the Double has her boyfriend coming and Tammy who is Tnickerson on here she and her husband are suppose to come help us. It start Oct 11 on a friday... would love to have your help! We are allowed people to bike with us at night also.

Edited by Jungle Jenn 2013-07-25 4:44 PM


2013-08-04 8:53 PM
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Thanks for the thoughts. I know the towpath well (I live in DC)...so it's just hard to decide what I want to have on those first 15 miles given the change in terrain.

Again, thanks for the ideas! I think I will have a "crew"...but still hope not to change shoes. I'd like to find something that will just be comfy throughout.
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