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Shoes for running after day

faster funnier

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
july (2017)
Anybody run after their day's hike? While home I typically run 10-15 miles per day, so I'm not really worried about the volume of hiking on the feet or body. I'd like to try to keep relatively fit. So should I bring an extra pair of running shoes? Or just hike in the pair I run in and hope for the best? I'm leaning toward the former...
 

Smallest_Sparrow

Life is rarely what you expect or believe it to be
Camino(s) past & future
2012: most of some, all of a few, a bit of others
I walked in waterproof hiking boots, and carried trail runners for running...sometimes I would go forward or back a bit on the camino path. I did find that I ran less than I thought I would, as there are only so many hours in a day and I liked exploring the town, meeting up with other pilgrims, etc. depending on how far you walk each day and the path you are walking (ie how much of an incline) you can get a decent amount of exercise many days without a run.
 

Smallest_Sparrow

Life is rarely what you expect or believe it to be
Camino(s) past & future
2012: most of some, all of a few, a bit of others
I never felt the temptation to run after a full day of hiking :eek:
Good walking boots/shoes and sandals for the evening was all I took.
Buen Camino, SY
In my defense, I only ran on rest days, or if I'd only walked a short distance and stopped because I wanted to see more of the town...:oops:
 

Michael Caleigh

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Primitivo September 2016
I will walk my next Camino in Trail Runners and might speed up parts of a days walk by running.

Last time I wasn´t able to run in the evenings for a multitude of reasons:

1. Laundry needed to be done
2. I already walked 30 miles
3. Preferred a beer with friends
4. Sightseeing
5. Preparing dinner
6. Lovely talks with others
7. Going through the photos I took on the way.

Enjoy your camino.

Michael
 

Mihai

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
(2017) Camino Portugues (25.04 - 04.05)
Hi! Next year will be my first Camino experience and my plan is to run parts of it. I usually don't have trouble with my feet (I even ran considerable distances in street shoes), so I'll take my chances and not take an extra pair. But it depends on your own experience and the time you are planning on your feet.

If you plan on making progress during your runs, I will advise on keeping your backpack as light as possible. In my case, I will attempt to do the whole thing in 10 days, but I am rather the exception :).

Alternatively, it would make more sense to walk normal stages with other pilgrims, get to the albergues in time and do your workouts without any load. There should be plenty of time in the afternoons / evenings to do your runs, take a shower and have a good meal. In this case a spare pair of running shoes can only help.
 

Lmsundaze

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF (2016), CP (2017)
I walked the Camino in trail runners and never felt I would be better off with waterproof boots. Everyone is different, but after the day's walk I was happy to have the opportunity to explore the place I was staying and enjoy fellowship with other pilgrims and talk with locals.
 

faster funnier

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
july (2017)
Thanks everybody. I'm no stranger to long days and haven't had a blister since my 2nd hundred miler a few years ago, so I'm not particularly concerned about those issues. The problem I saw with the Camino was that its a huge amount of time on feet (typically good) but moving very slow (bad). Since I'd be hoping to run a fast fall marathon, I'd need to still be putting in some speedy runs every day to maintain that type of fitness. I'll just bring a 2nd pair of shoes dedicated for running. No problem!
 

SYates

Camino Fossil AD 1999
Camino(s) past & future
First: Camino Francés 1999
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Last: Santiago - Muxia 2019

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I feel the urge to state that it is a pilgrimage, not a race. You might or might not want to re-consider your approach. Buen Camino whatever you decide, SY
 

Smallest_Sparrow

Life is rarely what you expect or believe it to be
Camino(s) past & future
2012: most of some, all of a few, a bit of others
Thanks everybody. I'm no stranger to long days and haven't had a blister since my 2nd hundred miler a few years ago, so I'm not particularly concerned about those issues. The problem I saw with the Camino was that its a huge amount of time on feet (typically good) but moving very slow (bad). Since I'd be hoping to run a fast fall marathon, I'd need to still be putting in some speedy runs every day to maintain that type of fitness. I'll just bring a 2nd pair of shoes dedicated for running. No problem!
I'm in a minority around here, but I think that's fine. I think they don't understand the importance of speed work, which I personally hate, and I don't see a problem as long as you don't let it interfere with what I assume your primary purpose is (walking the camino). I'm thinking you won't be wanting to put in more than an hour or two, and not everyday, so come on everyone, cut him some slack...he's doing it instead of the little nap some take, or the mindless hours some put in on the internet. He's not saying he wants to run the camino, just run some in his 'off time' at the end of the day. this is not weird in my book.
I agree that taking two pairs of shoes is wise...shoes do have a life expectancy as you know. I walked in boots so didn't feel like hauling two pairs of trail shoes in my pack. I did, however, bring two different brands to spain and mailed one ahead of me in case I found the weather/trail would permit me walking in trail runners...my plan was if that happened I would send the boots to SdC and alternate the trail shoes. happy running and Buen Camino
 

VNwalking

Wandering in big circles
Camino(s) past & future
Francés ('14/'15)
San Olav/Francés ('16)
Baztanés/Francés ('17)
Ingles ('18)
Vasco/?/Invierno ('19)
I'm with @Smallest_Sparrow on this one, to a point.
I used to run a lot and no longer can--but still remember a time long ago when there was a desire to run even after a day of having walked with a pack. (But I sure wasn't thinking of intervals. Grf...:confused:)

Where we part company is about is the need for 2 pairs of shoes. I don't walk in boots, but very lightweight water shoes. @faster funnier, why not go with one pair of trail runners and see how it goes?

I suppose much depends on how long your walk will be. If longer than a month, you'd likely go through the shoes you bring, with that kind of use. The good thing is that Spain has plenty of places to buy shoes, so you could get some there if you needed them. So why carry more weight than you need to--it's the most common cause of overuse injuries and who needs that? Shin splints and plantar fasciitis are no fun.
 

Mihai

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
(2017) Camino Portugues (25.04 - 04.05)
I'm with @Smallest_Sparrow on this one, to a point.
I used to run a lot and no longer can--but still remember a time long ago when there was a desire to run even after a day of having walked with a pack. (But I sure wasn't thinking of intervals. Grf...:confused:)
Considering your marathon goals, I would rather advise to keep the harder runs :). Intervals, tempo and the like. I am pretty sure walking is a good substitute for light runs, so you can decrease your overall running mileage (especially in the first days on the Camino) to feel rested and comfortable.

Walking can tire you out as well, but from my experience you will quickly adjust. Just recently I participated in a month long charity challenge, where me and some of my friends tried to cram 60000 steps even during working days. It felt a bit hectic, but at the end of it we were still in good shape and able to do faster workouts.
 
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VNwalking

Wandering in big circles
Camino(s) past & future
Francés ('14/'15)
San Olav/Francés ('16)
Baztanés/Francés ('17)
Ingles ('18)
Vasco/?/Invierno ('19)
I would rather advise to keep the harder runs :). Intervals, tempo and the like.
Well, yes--true enough. To clarify...I was just expressing my immense dislike of them! ;)
Given @faster funnier's obvious fitness and desire for a fast fall marathon, they'd probably be worth doing.
(I was never at that level, with only a 3:48 PR and the chunky physique of a swimmer rather than the whippet build of a good runner. So speed training never helped me that much.)
 

VNwalking

Wandering in big circles
Camino(s) past & future
Francés ('14/'15)
San Olav/Francés ('16)
Baztanés/Francés ('17)
Ingles ('18)
Vasco/?/Invierno ('19)
Yes, but that was in 1986, and after semi-starving myself down to 122 lbs. Never again and certainly not anymore, with age and much more weight...now I couldn't run a single 8 minute mile (or for that matter, a 10 minute mile, probably), even if my life depended on it.
A mid race Starbucks break? Great idea, but I never thought of that, being way too over focused on my time. Now fortunately things are different. :)
 

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