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Accolades For My New Trail Shoes

Mount Maunganui. Bay of Plenty, New Zealand.

Mount Maunganui. Bay of Plenty, New Zealand. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today I did one of my off road runs that always leaves me somewhat breathless. It is on Mount Maunganui and is a steep climb followed by a sharp descent and then an undulating lap back to the stretching post! 60% of the trek up is stairs, and I have shorter legs so always watch my hubby start to disappear into the heights above while I puff along behind. It feels like a step class conducted at 500RPM! Anyway, today I made it up in 15:44, not too bad an effort.

I was wearing my new trail shoes, the Saucony Xodus GTX 3.0 and I came away extremely impressed with them. My previous trail shoes always left something to be desired. I used to have to watch the speed of my descent as they had the tendency to slip and I seemed to get sore knees from constantly braking on the way down. Well my new shoes performed like a dream! It is as if they have their own ABS brakes. I could run fast and they gripped the ground, I did not slip once. The best part was that I had absolutely no knee niggles during the run. I am stoked!

As an afterthought though, these are definitely trail shoes and are not comfortable on the road at all, too knobbly! Not that I have done any road running on them, just walking in them back to the car was enough to make me realise that if I were running on a course that had any tarred roads, it may be a little rough for a bit, and I certainly wouldn’t want to do it for long.

New Shoes!

I ordered a new pair of trail shoes and they arrived during the week. I always get what I can from an outfit called Wiggle as they have good prices and delivery is free! Anyway, I got a pair of Saucony 3.0 GTX. I tried them on the day I got them and walked around the house in them. They felt really good so today I went for a walk around the Mount Base Track with my hubby. So now I am ready for the test run on Friday around the Waikaraeo walkway.

The reason I am sharing these scribblings is that I have an awfully hard time using anything new. Whenever I but something new I seem to keep it to one side and look at it for a while. I like to admire its newness. It doesn’t matter if it’s a piece of running gear, an item of clothing, a loaf of bread, anything. I like to wallow in its newness. So the fact that I am willing to take these shoes for a run on Friday is amazing! Ah, and I guess walking in them today paved the way, as they are now dusty and not really new looking anymore.

Weird, I know, but there it is!

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