Ok, brief shoe history: I started running many moons ago in Adidas shoes I used in the gym, moved onto Puma recommended by a running shop, then Asics, with a brief and unhappy flirtation with Nike. I have been told I am an overpronator by a physio and I use orthotics I get in Boots (I think these are the ones, they aren’t soft but hard like cork or plastic).
I changed to Inov8 for trail running about 6 years ago as I needed more grip in the mud, and when Inov8 started to do road shoes I got a pair to see what they were like (bear in mind I am not the calibre of blogger who gets free stuff, I buy things).
I got some Road X 238 in about late Jan and I really like them, so as I am planning mainly road miles this winter I thought I would get another similar pair. I tend to have two pairs of road and two pairs of trail going at any one time, an old pair and a new pair, and buy a new one of each once a year. So I got some Road X-treme 188 (the names are so wince-worthy I feel embarrassed typing them) and having done 8 miles in them yesterday I can say they are lovely. Lots of toe room, slightly less heel to toe drop (I am not a barefoot wannabe but appreciate that we have maybe got used to a lot of cushioning), very very flexible, which I think helps my shuffly form. They are very light – you can see the hexagony stuff they are made of here:
They are also very light in the toothy four-wheel drive sole department:
So I won’t be taking them out in the mud or the ice (but I try not to take me out in the ice). I will try to remember to do an update on how they are going in a few months. I suspect that they won’t last as long as the heavier shoes, because they are so flexible, but I may be wrong.
I had the nicest run I have had in ages, which was a relief since I am trying to increase my distance again. Due to the car issues I won’t be able to get to the Lake District next weekend to walk run the Great Langdale Half, which is a real pity. I love going up, even if my running is rubbish.
I marshalled at the Crawley 10k this morning, it is nice encouraging other runners for once, and paying back just a bit of what I have received.
This was my position, I took Claud as you can see. So I clocked up some bike miles getting there and back.
A busy work week with several days out and some interesting transport conundrums, but I will try and fit in some proper running. I will try and do a training round-up (as I have done some training!!) later today, or tomorrow.