Training Tips from the Leadville Podium - Page 4
From left to right: Nick Clark, Zeke Tiernan and Anton Krupicka come through the Fish Hatchery. Photo by Rob Timko / Timko Photography
What kind of shoes would you recommend for the course?
Dylan: I'd recommend a sturdy, approximately 10-ounce shoe that's good on both road and trail. Leadville is definitely a runner's course and has very little in the way of technical trail. Really the only technical section is the double crossing of Hope Pass between miles 40 to 60. There are also two river crossings in this section so, often times, runners will change their shoes before and/or after to make sure they have dry feet and appropriate traction for the section ahead. I never changed my shoes in my two finishes and wore a solid trail/road hybrid shoe with plenty of cushioning. In my opinion, for 100 miles, it's crucial to not skimp on cushion, no matter how runnable the course is.
Ashley A: Besides Hope Pass and some sections around Turquoise Lake, it’s a fairly non-technical course with a fair amount of road. I’ll probably wear the Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra, the Mantra or the CrossMax 2 … or a combo of all three!
Neal: I recommend a crossover-type shoe that performs well and comfortably on pavement, gravel roads and technical trails.
Liza: The trails are not technical. Road shoes and light trail shoes worked well for me both times that I've run Leadville. Last year, I wore the New Balance 1400s and the Minimus 1010s.
Duncan: I think a supportive shoe is important for 100-mile races period, but having a shoe that is flexible is also vital for all those miles of pavement and dirt roads. Pick one that is roomy in the forefoot and supportive enough for running all day long. Do not sacrifice cushion.
Ashley N: I liked having a trail shoe for the Hope Pass section, but you could get away with road shoes on this course, too.
Nick: I like to wear a shoe with a decent amount of cushioning for any 100-mile race, regardless of terrain. Personally, I’ll be wearing the Pearl Izumi Trail N2s.
Tina: Wear something comfortable, and is versatile enough to handle doubletrack, singletrack and roads. I'd recommend the Salomon Sense.
Zeke: I wore the Brooks Cascadia the last time and they felt great the whole way. I think the New Balance 1210 Leadville, which I have been running in lately, would be a fantastic shoe for the race, probably because it was designed for the race.
Ryan: The course is not super technical, so I would recommend a lightweight shoe with good support. The Salomon Sense Mantra or the SLabs would be my suggestion.
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