Shoes News and other Exciting Things

Linking up with Marcia, Erika, and Patty for Tuesdays on the Run.

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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Road Running

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.

Linking up with Marcia, Erika, and Patty for Tuesdays on the Run. 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!

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…..

Cross-Training

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.

Linking up with Marcia, Erika, and Patty for Tuesdays on the Run. 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!

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.

Trail Running

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!

Linking up with Marcia, Erika, and Patty for Tuesdays on the Run. 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!

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.

Linking up with Marcia, Erika, and Patty for Tuesdays on the Run. 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!

It should come as no surprise to you that I chose the Saucony Peregrine 8. I mean, hello, I do <3 Saucony!!

Linking up with Marcia, Erika, and Patty for Tuesdays on the Run. 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!

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.

Exciting Things!

….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.

Tell me:

  • What running shoes do you wear?
  • Do you wear different shoes for cross-training?
  • Have you made any new goals/changed any plans for 2018?

23 COMMENTS

  1. Chocolaterunsjudy | 25th Jan 18

    Not just Sauconys, but the Saucony Peregrine. 🙂

    Well, I don’t think I’m ever gonna get caught up in BQ’ing because aside from the fact that you have to actually run a marathon, I’m pretty sure I’m never going to be that fast. And I’ve watched so many people go down that rabbit hole, too, and often it doesn’t end happily. 🙁

    And that course? OMG it’s brutal. My Heartbreak Hill Half mimicked it, and yes, we ran up the actual Heartbreak Hill. And they hit that at about mile 20! Nuts!

  2. Zenaida Arroyo | 24th Jan 18

    How exciting about your 50K!!! I wear the Brooks Launch and love them. As for cross training, I usually wear old running shoes since they’re still in good condition.

    • Jennifer
      Jennifer | 25th Jan 18

      Lots of people really do love those Brooks! And that’s a great idea to wear old running shoes for your cross-training!

  3. Chocolaterunsjudy | 24th Jan 18

    That sounds like a great race! I wish I could run that far, but I’m pretty sure I couldn’t even on a road, much less the trails, which always feel so much harder. Good for you for realizing that BQ isn’t the goal you want to chase.

    Guess what trail shoes I’m wearing (and actually wearing a lot this winter, because they do work quite well when the footing is iffy around here). They are NOT the shoes whose sole came off in my trail half btw.

    Santa Cruz is so pretty. The one time I was there, though, it was still recovering from the big one (a year before).

    • Jennifer
      Jennifer | 24th Jan 18

      I’m really excited about it! And you know I won’t turn down an opportunity to go where my hubby is. 🙂

      You know, I got caught up in that whole BQ idea. I mean, it would be cool but I realized that I would probably not ever run Boston – cost, travel, unpredictable weather… And then it hit me that I just didn’t care anymore. Not that it’s not an amazing goal to shoot for. It’s just not important to me anymore. I’m so much happier now that I’ve realized that! ☺️

      Hmmmm…. I’m guessing you’re wearing Sauconys? I love them! And thank goodness they weren’t the ones who lost their sole! That would be stressful!

  4. San | 24th Jan 18

    I’ve been a Brooks girl from the start, but also have some Asics (and would like to try some other running shoes as well, just for comparison! Although I’ve been pretty happy with Brooks!).

    That is awesome that you’re coming out here to California.

    • Jennifer
      Jennifer | 24th Jan 18

      I’M SO EXCITED!!!! I might be out there in early July and hopefully, we’ll hike on some of the trails I’m going to run on so I’ll be aware of what’s coming. It’s just so beautiful!

      I used to love my Asics! But then, my feet said no. Darn feet!

  5. Lisa | 23rd Jan 18

    That 50k sounds so exciting! I loved seeing all your shoes. Saucony definitely makes some good ones, I just haven’t found my perfect match with them yet.

    • Jennifer
      Jennifer | 24th Jan 18

      It took me some time to find my perfect match too. Wouldn’t it be nice if it were easier? Haha

  6. Kimberly Hatting | 23rd Jan 18

    Congrats on going with your heart and not someone else’s goal. I sometimes feel all alone because I’ve reached the point of running that I want to have fun MORE than set another PR. Of course, I’m in no hurry to slow down, but the constant focus on splits and pace is exhausting for me. I’m not motivated by it anymore. All of your trail running is gonna be fun to follow because I don’t have much opportunity in my area to do it myself.

    • Jennifer
      Jennifer | 23rd Jan 18

      I’ve discovered that there are more trails close to me than I thought! I can’t wait to get out and run on all of them. 😀 And I completely agree, I’m not about those PRs either. I mean they’re nice but I’d rather just have a good time. I think that’s why I got injured – I was focusing too much on trying to BQ that I just didn’t pay attention to myself. Not any more!

  7. Michelle @ Running with Attitude | 23rd Jan 18

    Your change of plans sounds great! I also love Saucony shoes – Kinvaras have been my go to for a long time!

    • Jennifer
      Jennifer | 23rd Jan 18

      I’m pretty excited about that 50k! And I was so glad that those peregrines felt like the kinvaras. It was like putting on a cozy sweater. Haha

  8. Lesley | 23rd Jan 18

    I change up goals to make sure I’m still having fun. There was a time I was obsessed with my time and getting better, and I wasn’t having fun. I can push for a PR, but I always want to have fun with a race.

    • Jennifer
      Jennifer | 23rd Jan 18

      I know! If you’re not having fun, then it’s too much like work. Lol. I’d so much rather enjoy it!

  9. Lacey@fairytalesandfitness | 23rd Jan 18

    Now you have a great pair of trail shoes when you start training for your 50k. The weather should be perfect out in California during that time. How exiting!

    • Jennifer
      Jennifer | 23rd Jan 18

      I’m so excited about it!! I cannot wait to experience all the views and the scenery! 😀

  10. Amanda Brooks | 23rd Jan 18

    I love tons of shoes but have been wearing Kinvaras since the very first version!!

    • Jennifer
      Jennifer | 23rd Jan 18

      I love them so much! I transitioned to a lower drop a few years ago and those were the ones that helped me do it. 🙂

  11. Marcia | 23rd Jan 18

    Sounds like you made a great change-up in plans! Way to follow your heart vs someone else’s idea of what you “should” do. That trail race sounds amazing.

    • Jennifer
      Jennifer | 23rd Jan 18

      I definitely feel much more jazzed for my upcoming training! I’ve done what other people have thought I should do for a long time – I’m glad I figured this one out before I was locked in. 2018 is definitely a year of doing the things that I want to do. 🙂

  12. Wendy | 23rd Jan 18

    Oh, I like your plans! I could be so convinced to become a trail runner. At this point, I’m all about the ride.

    • Jennifer
      Jennifer | 23rd Jan 18

      Thanks! There is just something so serene about being out on the trails. I wish I lived closer to more but at least there’s a 3 mile loop not far from my house. 🙂

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