I'm thinking of signing up for a hill run. It will be my first one (omigod what am I doing).
I do a bit of running so have some decent trainers for ParkRun and streets type runs, but apparently I really, really should get a pair of trail shoes for this.
Anyone who has both and does both types of runs that can tell me the difference? I've Googled a few pairs and can't see what's massively different from normal trainers, from the pictures. I'd rather not buy them in case I die hate this first hill run and never do another and they're a waste of money. But if they do make a big difference then I will get some.
reading online, thicker tread, more tread, heavier sole. Oh, and more protective toe guard. To deal with mud and rocks, I guess. Also trail shoes have to be "neutral". You only bother with gait analysis if you run mostly on roads.
The main difference is grip. The soles will be different; for instance the innov8 range do shoes that are good for rocky paths, different ones for deep mud, different ones for easy trails. The soles are made of grippier material so you are less likely to slip. That's the main reason for having them. They also tend to be less cushioned and mostly neutral. There are plenty to choose from. The best thing will to be to get info about what sort of surfaces you will be running on and get something to cope with that. My first pair of trail shoes were a Karrimor pair from sSports Direct for £30 and they were OK. I know stick to Innov8, they are vastly better but more expensive too! www.sportsshoes.com are a good source of shoes at reduced prices.
I do a lot of trail running and just use my normal trainers! Depends how muddy your hill run will be and whether you'll need that much extra grip, but personally I wouldn't bother splashing out on new shoes at this stage. My muddiest runs I've just used my oldest trainers for anyway so I don't worry about them getting trashed!
If it's going to be snowy and muddy then yes you do! I have some trails here I can run in road shoes but only because they are flat paths. The race organisers will probably expect you to have good shoes too. Happy shopping!
You definitely need trail shoes going on your last comment. I have Brooke's cascadia - love them. You need good grip to avoid slips and linked injuries. Some longer socks are good too to keep your ankles warm and grit out.
Grip. It's all about the sole. I have 3 pairs of trainers - road (basically flat underneath but little nubs as we often do the odd bit of footpath on a club run), mild trail with fairly small teeth and trail/mud run shoes with big teeth which give massively better grip.
I have the Karrimors mentioned above because they are wide enough for my toes, the Salomon Speedcross aren't.
If you're just doing trail runs waterproof is good but if you're likely to get into mud runs or runs with stream/pond crossings non waterproof lets the water out again much better!