What’s the Secret to Success for Trail Running?
We share our tips with aspiring runners below.
But first, we invite you to participate (or to cheer on racers) in the upcoming Taos Ski Valley race!
BootDoctors is pleased to be a sponsor of the:
12TH ANNUAL TAOS SKI VALLEY UP & OVER TRAIL RUN
SATURDAY, AUGUST 5TH 2017
– The Race –
This 10K mountain course is a challenge to body, mind and spirit. This scenic climb ascends peaks with views of Kachina and Wheeler Peaks.
Feel the energy of the mountains surge through you as you test your limits and rejoice in recreating in the outdoors.
– HERE ARE THE BOOTDOCTORS’ SECRETS FOR SUCCESSFUL TRAIL RUNNING –
- HAPPY FEET
People ask us, “What is the best shoe for trail running?” the answer is always the same, “The shoe that best matches your foot, your goals, the terrain you run and your personal running style.”
In other words it is never a one shoe fits all solution. That’s why we recommend you try on several shoes and take a walk or run for a while in the store.
Talk with a professional shoe fitter like the pros at BootDoctors who can examine your feet, legs and body physiology.
Customize your shoes with custom footbeds. About 75% of all people either over or under pronate, causing motion, strain, blisters, wear and tear.
A custom molded footbed holds your foot in the ideal position through gait and helps with comfort and performance.
Many shy away from investing in custom orthotics because of the hefty price tag of upwards of $400 to $600.
Custom athletic footbeds such as those made America’s Best Bootfitters at BootDoctors at $199 are a bargain.
If you purchase footbeds with a shoe purchase you enjoy a discounted price of $139. What a bargain for comfortable feet and longevity of your running enjoyment!
BootDoctors offers custom footbed services by appointment. Call today for yours! 575-776-2489.
Even if you weren’t running a rugged race up the mountain, New Mexico air is so dry you need extra hydration for daily living.
Hydration is the key for comfort and performance in trail running. Experts recommend you pre-hydrate by drinking up to 20 fl. Oz. about 2 hours prior to your run.
Then it is advised not to chug large quantities but to maintain a regular interval of hydration during your run, or 5-10 fl. oz. every 15-20 minutes.
Finished the race? Before you celebrate with a stein of frothy malted beverage, be sure to flush through 16-24 fl. oz. of water for every pound lost while running.
You may wonder, “How can I carry that much water?” Water weighs a lot, so the best plan is to carry a lightweight carrier, such as the Camelbak Quick Stow Chill Flask.
This lightweight, collapsible flask keeps your water cold 2X longer. The extra-wide mouth also makes it easy to refill on the fly, especially if you’re adding ice or drink mixes.
The classic one-piece silicone bite valve offers a durable user friendly drinking interface. The Quick Stow Chill conveniently holds 500 ml (17oz) of water.
Don’t forget the electrolytes. Water alone is not enough to keep your body hydrated and performing well.
Electrolytes are essential. Sodium, potassium, magnesium and calcium are the four major electrolytes that maintain the body’s fluid balance.
Use a drink powder in your water or take electrolyte pills. Salt pills will not do the trick!
- DRESS FOR SUCCESS
Mountains have their own sometime unpredictable weather and your body temperature may vary greatly on the uphill vs the downhill journey.
Wearing layers that are easily added or shed is the smart way to regulate your body’s temperature.
Materials that wick away sweat and moisture while keeping you cozy are the best choice.
Start with your feet again. Your socks can make or break a run.
Smartwool PhD series mesh venting keeps your feet cool; their engineered fit system keeps the sock from moving and causing blisters;
their indestructawool technology guarantees these are the most comfortable and durable socks you will ever run in!
- ATTITUDE ALTITUDE
Go ahead and sweat, but don’t sweat the small stuff. Breath deep and enjoy the energy that the mountain is offering you.
Notice the wildflowers. And for sure, don’t forget to look up! You are in one of the most beautiful places on the planet surrounded by other passionate outdoors people.
Relish the camaraderie. Encourage each other. Smile even when you feel the burn. It’s so great to be alive!
We will be cheering you on at the Taos Up and Over. Come in soon to get set up for success in your trail running.