So you are going to run a race?! If this is your first race, you are in for tons of fun!
You know what isn’t fun? Losing a shoe in the mud, slipping and falling face first, or not being able to run up that obstacles. It might seem like the logical idea, “I’m running, my running shoes should work great.” This is a mistake people often make, myself included. You will get wet, you will get muddy, and normal shoes just aren’t going to cut it. They slip and slide in the mud and will make tackling slippery walls and muddy hills nearly impossible.
Believe it or not, they make shoes for events like this. You typically can’t find them at your local sports store. Most importantly, these shoes are designed with grip on the bottom for running in slick, muddy conditions that your everyday pavement pounding shoes just don’t have. There are a few brands popular amongst racers. They all have similar features, breathable water shedding uppers and sticky rubber bottoms with thick lugs designed to shred through mud, providing grip even when wet.
Here are a few thoughts when choosing the shoe right for you on race day.
- Width of your toes verses the width of your toe box. You will want your toes to be able to splay out naturally during your run.
- During a shorter race you might prefer a lighter shoe. The lighter shoe provides more breathability and water shedding capabilities.
- During a longer race you might want extra protection for the feet. Miles of feeling every bump, or a narrow toe box can cause some serious discomfort. A heavier, more cushioned shoe will be a better option
My personal favorites are Icebug Zeals. This particular shoe offers firm, midfoot protection, very sticky rb9x rubber, with lug patterns designed to shed mud and water. Other popular brands include Inov8, Reebok, Salomon, and Merrell.
All of us have different feet whether they are narrow, wide, flat footed etc. No one shoe fits all so make sure you order these sooner than later, so that you can try them on. If you don’t like the fit this gives you time to return them and order others. I recommend ordering from amazon or backcountry.com. They both offer free returns so I would order a few to try on and return your least favorite.
You can receive a great deal if you call and shop with our partner “Environeers” located here in Sarasota Fl. They can ship nationwide. They also help you find stores local to you if you need to go and try them on!
Call them at (941) 371-6208 and speak to Stan, Sheila, or Brian.