Happy National Running Day! Today was a pretty good day. Got to work and the instrument I was supposed to be testing with all morning broke 10 minutes before I got there. So no work for me. Ended up taking an internal class on oxygen diffusion during fiber oxidation. Fun stuff. By coincidence Running Day ended up being the day that my new shoes got here! I love new shoe day. From the excitement of opening the box to trying on the shoe to picking which one and where to go run in them. (Also got new shorts. Brooks Infiniti III's. Pockets are MUCH larger than the II's. Bigger than the I's even. Yes I own at least one pair of each generation).
Run was pretty good. Ran into a HS CC teammate on some of my winding loops behind Furman. Ran in some new blue shoes (more later) and matching awesome brooks shorts. They're so ridiculously awesome someone in the parking lot asked me if I had my shoes and shorts custom made. Nope. Clearance sale on running warehouse.
Today's topic is my running shoe line-up. I officially retired my Brooks Pure Grits and my yellow Saucony Kinvara 2's. These were the last two shoes that I bought before getting into ultra/trail running so every shoe I currently own was selected with that focus in mind.
From top to bottom, left to right.
My Inov8 F-lite 195's. My most versatile pair of shoes by far. Excellent minimalist road shoes or decent trail shoes for buffed out hard packed trails.
NEW SHOE! New Balance MT110. Haven't put a run on these yet but they feel great on the feet. I have high hopes here for awesomeness.
ANOTHER NEW SHOE! Brooks Green Silence. And yes they're not green. They are AWESOME BLUE. (The official name is something like ocean/sulphur. The colors even SOUND cool). Ran in these today. Felt amazing right out of the box. Not quite sure how Brooks passes these off as a racing flat since they're a pretty substantial shoe but I really enjoyed the ride. Probably gonna use this pair for road long runs and big workouts. Anything where I'll need the extra shoe-y-ness. And the awesome color.
Salomon Fellcross I. This is the pair of shoes that got me through my first ultramarathon. They're the most beefy shoes I own by a good ways but they're always a pleasure to run in. Mud dries up when it sees these bad boys coming. They're so good in the mud that yesterday when Jon tried to splash me in a puddle, he ended up getting wet while I stayed completely dry.
Saucony Type A5. My go to road shoe. Super low to the ground and fast. Responsive and rides like a track spike. They tend to pound me into a pulp though so these are best suited for workouts and shorter runs.
That's my current shoe roster. All things being equal, I could squeeze out about 2300 miles out of this line-up (that's a rough guess. I doubt the Salomon's will ever die and I have my suspicions about the Green Silence making it to 500mi) which would mean I wouldn't have to buy shoes til 2013..... That wont happen.