After this Saturday’s event, Yakima Skyline Rim 50K, I will be back to running twice a week long runs. Plus stretching my weekend longest run up to 35 or 40 miles from it’s 31 miles. This is the plan I have been following since I made the mental commitment to run 50 miles. Since February 28 I have run a total of 10 runs of over 20 miles in length, 3 over 31. I think I am heading in the right direction.
Shoes have been on my mind recently. In determining which trail shoes I would wear, I have been alternating being Brooks Pure Grits and Brooks Cascadias. Both are excellent shoes; although different in build.
The Pure Grits are a most favorite shoe of mine. In a nutshell they are lightweight, have a 4mm heel to toe drop and have a wider toe box. Running through the water is not an issue with these shoes as they quickly drain. Not that I think I will have puddles on the Sun Mountain course, but . . . . one never knows. Pure Grits just seem to fit me and understand my feet, well, I suppose as much understanding as a pair of shoes can understand.
The Cascadias were my number one trail shoe, until the Pure Grits landed on my feet. These shoes have a higher, 11mm, heel to toe drop and a much more aggressive sole than the Grits. They are a tad heavier and seem to have a snugger (not sure this is a true word or not) fit. They feel fine, but, there is just something that bothers me. The problem is, I just can’t put my finger or toe on it.
Ultramarathoner and champion, Scott Jurek (who helped develop both shoes for Brooks) spoke last Saturday in Seattle at the REI store. I was not able to attend, but Laura Houston, Chi Running Instructor, was and asked Scott which shoe he would recommend. His answer – the Cascadias. His main point was that it takes time for the calf’s to adjust to running in a lower profile shoe, which I totally agree with. The calfs need time to adjust for the lower heel drop or else it’s going to strain. For me I have been running in the Grits since December. I also have run in the Green Silence, which is a low profiled shoe, without any issues. I’m not sure if Scott words of wisdom are for me; although, to be safe, I could just wear the Cascadias.
But, I am thinking of going with the Grits – because they are so darn comfortable. My main worry is that they won’t be a shoe for the long haul of a 50 miler. For this Saturday’s 50K, I am planning on running for 8 hours and wearing my Pure Grits. We’ll see how they do.
Run Happy, Run Hard
ps: The first running of the Boston Marathon was on April 19, 1897. Happy Birthday Boston!