The prompt for this week’s Tuesdays on the Run is “show me your shoes!”
Well, you’re in luck because I have plenty of those to show off, including a brand new pair!
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I’m a Saucony girl. I’ve been wearing Sauconys for years. When I was in high school, I wore Asics and New Balance but I can’t wear those any more. They just don’t fit my feet right. For pretty much all my running needs (up to this point), I’ve been wearing these Saucony Kinvaras.
These shoes are totally sporting the Yankz shoelaces my sailor got me for Christmas. 🙂
I absolutely love these shoes. They have a 4mm drop (I’m not quite at zero drop and I don’t think I’ll ever get there for running…..) and loads of room for my toes to wiggle. Which they like to do. Hate a squished toe.
I’m actually coming up on needing to replace them. I’m trying to decide if I want to get the same color! Decisions, decisions…..
For cross-training, I wear a different shoe. I need a flatter shoe here so I’m properly balanced when I squat. My running shoes can tip me forward a little and it’s easier for me to ensure proper form in a flatter shoe. Also, these are super grippy and make climbing up a rope a breeze!
It’s the getting down part that I struggle with. LOL
Anyway, for cross-training, I wear these Inov-8 F-Lite 240s.
They look like they might be narrower than my running shoe and they are a little. But, I don’t really run in them. I mean, if the WOD includes running, I wear them but it’s not like I’m going out for 5 miles or anything like that. We’re talking maybe 2 miles, tops. In bursts.
Plus, I find that these break in pretty easily and my toes don’t feel squished at all.
I just got my very first pair of trail running shoes! I’m so excited!!
I’m going to be spending more time on the trails this year and that terrain is going to vary and I need shoes that are going to help me maintain traction and run well.
Did I mention how excited I am?!?!
It was a little overwhelming when I went shopping for them. There are so many different choices!
I tried on a few, ran around the store in them, jumped around and generally acted like a kid in each pair. haha
I mean, you gotta do what you gotta do! The only part that would have been better was if there was a trail nearby that I could go test them out on.
With suggestions from the guy helping me (conveniently – a trail runner!), I tried on 3 different brands in a few different sizes.
It should come as no surprise to you that I chose the Saucony Peregrine 8. I mean, hello, I do <3 Saucony!!
They feel exactly like my Kinvaras so it was no big deal to go out and put 10 miles on them this past weekend. They have great traction and nice cushioning so I wasn’t feeling every rock and I actually felt pretty stable on the snowy/icy parts of the trail. Plus, they’re not super heavy which a couple of the other brands I tried were and it felt like I was running in weights!
No thank you! lol
These new trail shoes are definitely going to become an integral part of my running life.
….because I’ve made some changes to my race plans for 2018.
I had originally planned on running my 3rd Marine Corps Marathon in October. And potentially shooting for a BQ. And then running my first 50k in December.
But, I got to thinking. I don’t really care about the BQ. Someone had suggested it, like, “yeah, you should totally go for it!” and I am apparently easily swayed (good grief) and it was once a goal so I hopped right back on board.
Except, it’s not a goal I’m interested in any more. I’m not trying to achieve someone else’s goal. And I don’t want to train for it and have hitting paces all the time be that important. Plus, I don’t know if I want to run 26.2 miles on the road.
I want to be on the trail more. Trees. Birds. Nature.
So, I’m changing my October race. To a racecation (oh yeah!!). And I’m bumping up the timeline on my first 50k.
because I’m crazy.
I’m running Skyline to the Sea 50k as my first one at the beginning of October!!!
It’s out in California (where my sailor is – bonus!), in the Santa Cruz mountains (where we hiked in September) and it is going to be fantastic!!!
I. CAN. NOT. WAIT.