Hello! I did my first race for over 10 years on Saturday - Dark Moors, a 5 mile trail run around Moors Valley Country Park in the dark, it's a lovely big pine forest just north of Bournemouth (totally recommend its park run!). It was so much fun and a wonderful chilled out atmosphere. I'd heard good things about White Star Running (who organised the event) from people at work, and was really pleased I gave it a go. I've booked a load more races over the year to have nice goals to work towards.
So onto my question! Apart from a couple of one off things, I've only ever really done trail running, all my runs are on a heath behind my house (I do a lot of running up, along, and down the hill in the photo!) - hilly, extremely boggy, muddy, sandy, rocky, gravelly, dodging tree roots, all good outdoorsy stuff. I love a bit of mud! My problem is though, I have two 10 mile races in February - that are both on *roads*! Oh no! I am not really sure what the difference is on a road, am I going to get injured? I've been doing 10 mile trail runs already, I built up the distance from 10k and have been doing a 10 mile one each week for the last month. Should I practice a bit on a road?
Also, do I need different shoes? I have two pairs of trail shoes and some trainers I used to use for the gym, are any of those good or should I look at getting some proper road shoes? Many thanks!