I am “running“ the Hyner Trail Challenge 25k in PA on April 18. It is my first true trail run. I have two questions:
1. Are Salomon Speedcross IVs or Vs good for actual running? They seem good for the steep climbs and descents, but I need to make time on the rolling parts as well. I wear Brooks Glycerins on the road.
2. Do I need a rain jacket? Do they really make a positive difference in a 17-mile race? If so, is there a cost effective (I.e. $100 or less) solution?
@ScottMiller5000 thoughts on the second question:
Hope this helps a bit, and good luck with your first true trail run!
Thanks. Older “dad bod” type here so I have mercy on the rest of the runners by wearing baggy stuff. I’m not worried about getting wet if it rains so I guess I will just “embrace the suck” as they say.
Also, as far as the shoes go... Rhys at the Woodbridge, Va., REI recommended Hoka One One Speedgoats. I walked around the store a bit in them and bought them. Today I put them through their paces at Hyner, Pa. we went 12.66 miles with more than 3100 feet of elevation gain. (And as you know, what goes up must come down). Not a blister. Not a sprained ankle. No knee problems. I ran into five other runners wearing the same show. Thanks Rhys.
Thanks for circling back to us and letting us know what worked for you! We'll be sure to pass along your appreciation to Rhys!