After sliding down the slopes multiple times during bonefrog in my Inov8 F235Lites, I decided I needed some shoes with tread for future races – not an easy task to find. Evidently, trail running is a niche activity so the typical stores (all sporting goods, REI, EMS, specialized running stores etc) don’t carry many of them. I ended up buying:
Altra Superior (shown at top): wide toebox, good for hard packed trails, not so different from my inov8 f-lite 235s. Used today for run up Mt. Monadnock and it drained very well but sucked on rocks/tread is not that great. I had forgotten what any cushion felt like! I took these out of the box and ran a 9 mile interval workout without issue.
However, I used these shoes for 15 mile technical trail run on Blue Hills Skyline trail and they about killed me – toes hurt like crazy and no support for all the rock scrambling so…..
Salomon Sense Ride 2 – used on Wachusett 16 miler and did well on rocks and also on the scree at Nashoba hill runs; however, I got a blister on the inside of my bunion on the right foot halfway thru the Spartan Super 8 mile race so…..
Just got two new pairs to try:
Inov8 X-talon 260 Ultra – the 260s have a wider toe box
Altra Lone Peak 4 – these were similar to the Sense Ride at the running store
Now that I am over 2 hour runs, am trying to do a better job with carrying water. I had a 3 hr run last weekend so got the Nathan hard plastic waist bottles (each ~10 oz) ~$50 seen below and ran in a loop to refill every hour. Mixed water with 1 scoop Tailwind and split between the two drinking every 15 min. Was weird at first as you have to hold your elbows slightly out so they don’t hit bottles but was fine this week – no issues at all with waist carrying.
For this week, I wanted to plan a 4-5 hr mountain hike so needed a bladder. I went to Runners Alley in Manchester, NH (good store) and got this basic $70 Nathan 1.5 bladder (as the small hand carry bottle alone was $40 I just upped the size). Several issues:
- Evidently I forgot to get rid of all the air so it was horribly sloshy
- The hose you drink from when hanging down, leaked whenever pressure was put on bladder. I ended up tucking it upwards to help with this after my leg got wet.
Hike ended up being way shorter than planned (2 hr vs. 4-5) so I mostly just used the waist waters and a little of the bladder.
Then I purchased my Inov8 Two in one pack which, in addition to having a 2L hydration pack, has two 18 ml side water bottles and an extra, clip on storage area I can carry my shoes with to XFit during a bike ride or extra clothes on a hike. This pack gets me 5 hours worth of water! Have been using it for weeks now without issue. I only wish the side pockets were more contained – feels like stuff can fall out. I just use them for trash and keep food in my pants.