Happy Thorsday, little friday, Thankful Thursday and last day of spring. I need a little advice on training over on the girls’ blog, please?
See that rustic boat landing? Yeah. That’s what it looked like in the dead of winter. Imagine what it’s like after several inches of rain in just a few days. Imagine what kind of idiot would venture near it, even in (very worn) trail running shoes.
Hem. There are no photos of me, with mud from shoulder to toe, but the girls begged to go to the river, and while I was assuring them it was too wet…
Yeah. I am sure I looked like a cartoon, with my feet flying out from under me, but I landed on my right side. From the looks of the drying mud, I decided my hip/thigh had taken the brunt of the fall, but based on what still hurts five days later, I evidently tried to catch myself and twisted my arm and shoulder.
I’m thankful I wasn’t really hurt. I’m thankful that thus far, my walking injuries have been very mild and have allowed me to tote myself home, even with two energetic dogs in tow. But I’m wondering how to know when to retire my beloved trail shoes. (I do have a brand new, identical pair in waiting.) In the past, I’ve simply waited until the shoes no longer protected me from my old athletic injuries and their pains, or until something cracked, split or otherwise signalled that the time had come. But these Brooks Cascadia gems just keep on.
Why yes, the soles are slick, and I do realize that’s a bad idea for trails and on a hard-surface road, but these shoes still feel like no other on my feet and cushion my somewhat fragile back from the stress of covering 20 miles or more most weeks at all sorts of paces. I’ve put way more than 600 miles on them, and they’re pushing a year old, which is really saying something; I generally have to retire my walking/running shoes after about 6 months, no matter what the exterior looks like, because being an accident-prone youth athlete is a gift that keeps on giving.
I do rotate shoes. I have hiking shoes that are worn about once a week in the colder months, I have grete Brooks Ghosts for cold, wet trails, and I have the New Balance road runners the Knight bought me. Currently, I rotate back and forth between the Brooks Cascadias, the New Balances and a dash of Brooks Ghost if it’s cool and wet.
What do you perhaps need to let go of soon?