First things first! Sissy had a great eye check-up on Saturday, and you can read more about it on the fur-girls’ blog.
I don’t believe I’ve worn the same fitness shoes three days straight since I started running competitively at age 14. However… that’s just what I did this weekend. I’ve been rather vocal about my struggle to replace my former go-to trail shoes. I’m even willing to admit that while I’ve blamed Sissy and her hunting efforts for my sprained ankle, maybe, just maybe, not having the right shoes for the job was a major factor.
Why no, I haven’t been to the local running store. It’s never open when it is convenient for me to go, and frankly, it’s in a part of town (the University district) that I go out of my way to avoid. Anyway, a couple of brands and styles kept coming up in my research, so when I found one of them at roughly 50% off, I ordered.
It was love at first sight. Even with a bum ankle, I couldn’t resist trying the Brooks Cascadias on when they arrived. Just walking around the living room made my feet happy. Friday afternoon took forever to get here, and then the dogs and I had a great walk. The Knight, who has suffered through this whole shoe drama more than even the most devoted of you my readers, ordered me to get another pair right away. So… after another glorious walk on Saturday, I did order another pair.
Yesterday, I knew the shoes were perfect and considered giving them a day to breathe and dry out, but I just couldn’t bring myself to put on any of the other shoes that never did suit me well and now, literally have me turning up my nose. So, I put them through their paces. They do well on steep inclines, steep declines, over rocks, grass, roots, even on tar and gravel and cement. They are very lightweight, and that glorious mesh on the top does let a bit of wet in when the grass is tall and very damp, but so do all of my other trail shoes, except the New Balance walkers that are FAR too firm/stiff for me, even after about 6 months of wear and well over 200 miles of use.
My feet/legs/hips/back might actually even feel better while I’m wearing those shoes than not.
Now, a question for you charity walker/runners… Do I need “road” shoes too? These are so light and cushioned I can’t imagine that a smoother tread pattern would be a whole lot better, but I also had refused to believe that I really could buy whole-body happiness via the right shoe for the job…
How was your weekend?