Like road running, the most important thing you need for trail running is a good pair of shoes to keep your feet happy. You might be wondering why you can't just wear your regular running shoes on the trails? If you're running on flat, groomed, non-technical trails like the Manayunk Canalpath or Forbidden Drive in the Wissahickon, you can probably keep running in your regular sneakers (depending on how dirty you want them to get!).
If you're like me, you have your pair of go to shoes. The weapon of your choice. The specific brand and model of running shoes you've been using for the past several races. Those running shoes that fit the best. Maybe it's because of the soft heel landing, wider toe box or you just love the energy return you are getting from the shoes. You know the ones. You're probably wearing them right now because you just finished a nice tempo run. I'm a big believer in the old saying "if it's not broken, don't fix it". I think this goes also with running shoes. For many of us, we have that favorite pair.
Hoka One One are known for their high cushioned, lightweight running shoes. Many people are drawn to Hokas because of their maximalist cushion look - what type of person would wear this shoe?! Hoka shoes have become increasingly popular over the past years because their versatility in training and racing. With long time and injury prone runners, Hoka's high cushioning helps to protect joints, bones and muscles while avoiding injuries and the common aches and pains of running.
Webster's Dictionary defines Adrenaline as an "increase in rates of blood circulation, breathing and preparing muscles for exertion." According to Brooks, the definition of Adrenaline is the perfect balance of soft cushion and support. The new Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 was released in October 2017 and I recently had the opportunity to give it a test run but first let's go over some basic info.