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    Anyone running / trail running?
    I'm looking to start again, and a friend suggested adding trail running into the mix.
    Thinking about two-three times a week, (in addition to or in place of my riding) as I've been travelling quite a bit with work, and shoes pack easier than the bike.

    Last time I bought running shoes was '98.
    Any rec's on a shoe for on / off road (50-50 mix)?

    Any web site rec's (I've googled, and there are tons! I don't know where to start!)

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    Depends on what you mean by offroad running. Old railway grade, hiking trails, limestone, grass, scree? I'd hit a running shoe store. A good store will have at least 10 different models in each category, cushion, support, motion control, off road, on road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kuan
    Depends on what you mean by offroad running. Old railway grade, hiking trails, limestone, grass, scree? I'd hit a running shoe store. A good store will have at least 10 different models in each category, cushion, support, motion control, off road, on road.
    Hiking trail and jeep trail. Maybe some of the single track I don't ride around here.

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    I used to trail run on singletrack that I found to be fairly challenging on a mountain bike, about a 7 minute drive from my house. It was a good 4 mile loop or so around a reservoir, and boy what a workout that was if I did it in under an hour. Had lots of short, steep hills...

    Get sneakers specific to trail running for it. They are not as cushioned as road sneakers and give more stability and traction. Go to a running specialty store, too (not Footlocker or anything like that) so you can get properly fitted.
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    Well you can do short distances on asphalt with a trail shoe but you can never do steep soft or wet dirt with regular shoes. I'd suggest two pairs of course but if you had to get one pair I'd get a trail shoe with medium agressive thread and a heel lock lacing system if needed. Tons of brands out there around $85 retail. Get one which fits from a store with a fit guarantee.

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    Montrail has been making trail running shoes for a long time - a lot of the ultra runners use them. I really liked the fit and comfort of mine. The last pair wore out and I tried something else and that's when I started to have knee problems. There is nothing better than trail running if you can do it - highly aerobic, works lot's of muscles, good for balance.
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    I would look at the Salomon line of shoes.. These are used quite extensively by people who participate in adventure races.. They are very durable and responsive shoes.. I have a few pairs of the XA Pros and they are great shoes

    http://www.rei.com/online/store/Sear...t=REI_SEARCH:N

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnroads
    \ highly aerobic, works lot's of muscles, good for balance.
    Exactly what I am looking for. I get into the "ride ride ride" zone and feel like I'm losing out on 3d core strength, flexibility, and power.

    I've heard good things about Montrail and Salomon. Looking for a place that does fittings in my area. A local woman who runs suggested the same thing - "You've gotten your bike fit, get your running shoes fit." Makes sense, even to a newbie wannabe runner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GuitarWizard
    I used to trail run on singletrack that I found to be fairly challenging on a mountain bike, about a 7 minute drive from my house. It was a good 4 mile loop or so around a reservoir, and boy what a workout that was if I did it in under an hour. Had lots of short, steep hills...
    Love the single track, but after tearing up my knee (stiches, etc.) I've been cautious on the MTB. Do like the hiking though - so this is a great excuse to get out and explore at a different pace.

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    I got fitted by a professional running shop for road shoes awhile back - you quickly learn that the brands that "look cool and you like" go out the window fast, and your mind opens up to new things. Turns out my feet liked the Brooks Addiction 6's.....but unfortunately, my right shin still doesn't like running, which is why I went back to cycling last year. Still would like to do a marathon someday, but not sure if I'll ever be able to do it.

    I meant running on the singletrack, BTW . My heartrate would be pegged for much of the run. I would also sometimes do it wearing a light backpack, but would mix it up between fast hiking and jogging. When I was training for a mountain climb, I would don a fairly heavy pack and hike at a good clip.....one time, I ran the last 1/4 mile of the hike with a 45lb pack on. That was a bit rough on the uphill parts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GuitarWizard
    I got fitted by a professional running shop for road shoes awhile back - you quickly learn that the brands that "look cool and you like" go out the window fast, and your mind opens up to new things. Turns out my feet liked the Brooks Addiction 6's.....but unfortunately, my right shin still doesn't like running, which is why I went back to cycling last year. Still would like to do a marathon someday, but not sure if I'll ever be able to do it.

    I meant running on the singletrack, BTW . My heartrate would be pegged for much of the run. I would also sometimes do it wearing a light backpack, but would mix it up between fast hiking and jogging. When I was training for a mountain climb, I would don a fairly heavy pack and hike at a good clip.....one time, I ran the last 1/4 mile of the hike with a 45lb pack on. That was a bit rough on the uphill parts.
    Shins, oh yeah. I forgot about those!

    I figured it was running on the singletrack, as that is where I plan to. I've done the light pack hiking with spontaneous outbursts of running. Too fun. Even done the sprint up the technical climb with MTB, carrying cyclocross style. Looks from the guys I ride with as I went past were priceless. Wouldn't do it as normal practice... HR pegged before I had the bike on the shoulder, in anticipation.

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    My one word of advice (well, three) - start out slow.

    Start with very short distance and slow pace, warm up carefully, and stretch afterwards. I always had good aerobic capacity, so would tend to go harder than I should when re-entering a sport, and invariably hurt myself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnroads
    My one word of advice (well, three) - start out slow.

    Start with very short distance and slow pace, warm up carefully, and stretch afterwards. I always had good aerobic capacity, so would tend to go harder than I should when re-entering a sport, and invariably hurt myself.
    x2

    Running offroad is an ENTIRELY different animal than road running or running on a track....if you think running on the road is hard on your body, wait 'till you find some rugged trails. For the most part, you will probably run at half the speed you normally run at on the road.....unless it's relatively flat/easy terrain.
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