Party on the White Line and a Merrell Pace Glove Review
|Took the Pace Gloves for another test drive.|
I got to try out my Merrell Pace Gloves again today. Wow. I got an even better chance to really get a feel for these. My feet were very comfortable in them and I had LOTS of room to wiggle my toes. There was no pressure on my individual toes or heel like I get in my Vibrams. When I first tried these I wasn't so sure I was sold, but after a few runs on the trails I have discovered something that has made a huge difference. At first I tied the laces somewhat snug, but it didn't allow my foot to flex and flatten and I found myself very unstable in them. Just loosening the laces made a world of difference. I make sure to barely (if at all) tighten the laces now. I think what this does is allow my foot to conform to the surface of the ground better similar to when I run completely barefoot. I like that. And so far, I really like the shoes.
But fun aside, don't be fooled. The Merrell Pace Gloves are not even remotely close to actual barefoot running and if you call them a barefoot shoe to my face I will laugh at you. And probably loudly. Really? A barefoot shoe? Seriously people. Barefoot shoe is an oxymoron. There is no such thing no matter how much marketing you put behind it. And if you dare to create a "Barefoot Division" at one of your races... ahem... MERRELL MUD RUN SERIES... then you better damn well accept the real thing. (BLOG UPDATE: I stand corrected in my naive assumption that Merrell has any say or influence in this as the decision is made by the race directors as Jason Robillard points out below.) And for those of you who don't have a clue about what I'm talking about, The Merrell Mud Run Series is having their first ever "Barefoot Division" this year. But it will only be open to people who wear minimal shoes. Did you hear that? Shoes. Not real barefoot runners, which is really stupid if you want my humble opinion. For fuck's sake, call it what it is! Its a shoe division! It should be called the Minimalist Shoe Division. And if you use the word "barefoot" then let the real barefoot runners have a crack at it and decide for themselves what they are capable of. And don't hide behind a shitty liability flag either. Have them sign a waiver. If I remember correctly we had to sign a waiver anyway. Really? Come on people. Barefoot runners exist. You can't ignore us.
Whew. I think I better have a drink now. Those bloody marys are sounding good again.
|Our Bloody Marys|
|What's that? Beer?|
So after our little bar break we continued on to the "party on the white line" where our husbands were having their own post mountain biking beer and snacks session. We kicked back and chilled for a bit enjoying the cool but beautiful weather. Awwyeahh. Run Smiley all the way!
|That would be the white line.|
|That would be two crazy bitches after the Bloody Marys and the beer.|
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