The rains will hopefully be upon us soon, but don’t let that be an excuse to take your training indoors. For one, a lot of people will have the same idea leading to overcrowded gyms and studios, and secondly, if you’re training for races, it’s important to get used to all kinds of conditions. Races are rarely cancelled due to rains , and monsoon runs are a category by themselves, and it helps to have some experience with cakey, muddy terrain and wet socks before you face the starting line.
Having said that, there are certain precautions we all need to take (such as a towel for one), such as using smaller steps and paying attention to where your foot lands, much like in the trails. It further helps if your shoes have a firm grip and are somewhat waterproof, while still allowing your feet to breathe. So, if you’re looking forward to running in the rains and in the trails this season, here are some great kicks to help you through it.
Altra Lone Peak 2.0 NeoShell Polartec
Released last August, the Altra Lone Peak 2.0 is a zero-drop, neutral running shoe best suited for daily training on varied terrain. The Polartec NeoShell lining keeps your feet warm and dry by creating a weather-resistant barrier for your feet while still allowing them to breathe. Sandwiched StoneGuard offers flexible protection from rocks and other trail debris, and the TrailClaw outsole combines unique lug traction for every trail condition. And like every Altra shoe, fully cushioned ZeroDrop and FootShape toe box place your foot in a natural position for added stability and proper form.
The North Face Ultra MT GTX
It’s quite safe to assume that this pair is not for beginners or pavement runners. Designed for seasoned trail-running, the shoes come with cushioning midsoles and exclusive Vibram Megagrip outsoles for mud-gripping traction. The Gore-Tex waterproof/breathable membrane keeps your feet pleasantly dry through heavy downpours, and the Ripstop mesh along the forefoot prevents tearing and ripping from abrasive trail surfaces.The FlashDry collar lining helps keep blisters away, while the ESS nylon in the forefoot distributes impact and protects from stone bruising
Nike Air Zoom Structure 19 Flash
The Nike Air Zoom Structure 19 features a lightweight mesh upper that’s both reflective and water repellent so you don’t have to worry about wet socks when you want to get in a rainy late-night or early-morning run. The three-layer, abrasion-resistant mesh upper repels water while keeping your feet cool. Flat, wide Flywire cables integrate with the laces and wrap your midfoot for lockdown and a glove-like fit. Meanwhile the multicolor reflective upper, which is inspired by the natural beauty of the Northern Lights, enhances your visibility in low light.
Adidas Terrex Boost GTX
Designed to move swiftly over rough terrain, the Terrex Boost is designed for neutral to mild pronators, and comes with a Pro-Modernator medial arch support to ensure flat and consistent foot strikes. Among other things, it features a breathable GORE-TEX membrane to keep your feet dry, a low-to-the-ground feel, and lightweight sock-like upper with a rubber outsole that offers support and grip to keep you on your feet even on the most slippery ground.