I NEED SHOES
|Saucony Virratas - Possible 100 mile shoe contender?|
So why haven't I signed up for a 100 yet?
Its not that I haven't had plenty of inebriated hours of just fucking around online visiting various race sites that offer 100 milers. In fact, there's a handful of races I would have already signed up for in the midst of a drunken stupor (which, by the way, according to a few of my ultra running friends, is how they started ultra running) but not one race is in California.
And since it looks like my 100 miler is going to have to be somewhat local, I'm slacking on finding the perfect race. There's a myriad of good reasons why I'm putting this task aside and at the moment I don't feel like compiling the list of bullshit reasons so just take my fucking word for it.
Detect a little bitterness?
But bitterness aside, there is one important reason I haven't been able to will myself to sign up for a 100 miler yet.
I don't need much. I don't want to bother with Garmins or heart rate monitors. I already have a hydration pack. I don't need fancy ID bracelets or other ridiculous running accessories. All that I'm looking for is a pair of decent zero drop cushioned shoes. At least a pair that can get me from 50 miles to 100.
I've been picking the brains of my barefoot and ultra running buddies for advice on my feet issues for the longer runs. These are people that basically run for a living so I can trust their opinions. Since I don't run long distances on a regular basis I've assumed that my feet feel brutalized after 50ks and beyond because I don't put the wear and tear on them my ultra running friends do. I fear that my style of training may have a downside and this could be it.
But as it turns out, the consensus is that your feet will feel battered beyond 50 miles in the ultra light minimal shoes no matter what. I thought it was just me and my limited training. Apparently it may not be. So I'm in the market for a good pair of lightweight, zero drop, cushioned shoes that I can use once I get beyond 50 miles.
Don't get me wrong. I'm still in love with my Merrell Pace Gloves, I just need another tool in my toolbox to get me through to 100 miles. I feel that if I can fix this foot problem I will not only be ready for the 100, but I have a better chance of finishing it in good shape.
So I've been keeping my eyes peeled for recommendations. Luckily my coach is highly connected in the running shoe industry and being an advocate for minimal options he has a pretty good handle on what shoes could be my goldmine.
Seth has suggested I keep my eyes peeled on the Saucony Virratas which are due to come out in February 2013. They are zero drop, lightweight and flexible. Rumor is that these shoes are the most cushioned shoe for its weight on the market. Not sure how they will do on technical trails, and I'm not sure how I will do transitioning to "more shoe" but at this point I will try anything.
But, I'm not a patient type so I might try wiggling my way in to see if I can test some shoes sooner rather than later. We'll see. I'm getting itchy to try a hundo. I NEED SHOES.
Anyone have recommendations for a California 100 miler or a good zero drop, cushioned shoe?
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