Sunday, August 22, 2010

Streak Through the Woods!

Friday's near face-plant almost ripped a hole in my shoes!  When I told my darling husband about it, he jumped up and down enthusiastically saying, "Oh PLEASE let me go buy you some new trail shoes!!"  Well, not exactly, but yesterday he did mention that maybe it was time I get a pair.  I didn't wait for him to even put a period on the sentence before I was out the door headed to Fleet Feet.  (See, my darling husband brings home ALL the bacon in this house so any purchase outside the ordinary is one we discuss...and a THIRD pair of running shoes is anything but an ordinary purchase!)

I tried on three pairs....and really wanted to love the Gortex Montrail Masochist.  Who wouldn't want to run trails wearing a shoe called the Masochist??!!  But neither it nor the really feminine looking third choice (can't remember what it was now, it was that unmemorable) felt anywhere close to the STREAK.  The guy who helped fit me was one of my coaches for the 10K training group and he's been working at FF for who knows how long.  I trust him.  He said these three choices were going to be the best for my needs (a somewhat stability shoe for local trails that he is all too familiar with).  One of the pairs I had my eye on were more for seasoned trail runners-much like a racing flat.  He said I could very easily end up with a stone bruise or a stump through the sole if I wasn't careful.  So after running around the outside of the store a bit, I chose the shoe that felt the best (Montrail Streak).

If I hadn't been completely pooped from my six miles on Friday, then helping to set up a million bike racks for the sprint tri, then helping with the actual race that morning, I would have taken those puppies out for a spin right then and there!!  I managed to resist, until this morning.

Originally I had planned to run a greenway because I wanted to try out running with a camel pack and didn't think it was a good idea to try that out along with new shoes, especially on a trail that had rain pour on it all night long.  But, in the end, I couldn't resist.  I love the shoes...I don't love running with the extra FIVE POUNDS on my back.  I've got to consider other options.  However, if I keep running with the extra poundage, surely it will make me feel lighter (and therefore translate into faster times) when I take it off to race (since they have aid stations at races).  In hindsight, I wish I had only tried out one or the other, but not both on the same run.  All-in-all it was a decent run.

Tomorrow I have plans to run with Daisy again.  Depending on what time we get done, I'll go do Hard Body's ab torture session and/or swim.  Flipper just did the sprint tri Saturday so I don't think she'll be ready to dive back in just yet.

Thanks for stopping in; come again soon!


  1. now those are some cute shoes actually...AND theyre purple...i dont run trails but i could use those shoes. for something right? :)

  2. I need some new running shoes...... but hate to go shopping for them!

  3. Hope the new trail shoes are treating you well! And awesome to see you at the race Sat; thanks for the shout out! :)


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