Whether it's your first ultra - or your fiftieth - wearing the right shoes is vital
Our Humanity Direct single day events are the perfect introduction to ultra-running, and the next one - September's Tring Ultra - is fast approaching. With plenty of dry, hot weather (which means hard ground) recently, I wanted to clear up the age old question you might be asking: 'should I wear road or trail shoes for the event?'
Actually, the critical factors in your choice of shoe should also include the heat (dehydration) and bright light. As you tire during the event, you'll tend not to lift your feet as well, so the risk of stubbing your toes increases. The armoured toe box on a good pair of trail shoes could really protect your toes - unlike road shoes. And don't underestimate the impact of stubbed toes. They could mean pain, lost nails in the days that follow, and even possible DNFing.
Secondly, most good trail shoes have a 'rock plate' to protect ...