I was very excited to buy a new pair of trail running shoes last week. Fed up of the garish colours offered by many I went for a much more sensible black pair – Asics Gel-Sonoma 2. My reasoning for the purchase is that I ‘need’ a pair of trail shoes for the Lakeland 50 at the end of July.
They cost £40 after a sneaky wee 15% discount on www.sportsshoes.com. I currently have a pair of road Asics Gel-105 shoes and I have always found them very comfy, therefore decided to go for another pair. I did go half a size smaller than previously though and as a result these are a little tighter but still fit well. To be honest I probably should have stuck to a size 6.
Now for a bit of shoe porn…heh heh.
Anyways I decided to take them out on a test run at the Aberdeen Beach Park Run. Not exactly trail but good for a wee trial jaunt and not too far from home if things go pear-shaped! For this inaugural occasion I even made an effort to co-ordinate…me co-ordinate?!
A lot of my running tops are throw outs from the OH so I also may have snuck in a new top in my SportShoes order – a PureLime seamless top. Their stuff seems really nice and I may find one or two other items in future magically dropping into my shopping basket! To be honest the top was a little warm for the weather on saturday but I never felt overly sweaty in it as it seems to be able to cool you quite well – it could be the magic stripes up the side. I did find it rode up so it needs to be tucked in. This is fine if you have a super sleek body but I do like something to cover up the squidgy bits!
They do say not to try out new kit during a race (not that Park Run is particularly a race) but I was pretty surprised to get a new 5K PB time of 27:08. This vegan-ish diet might be doing something? I felt pretty good throughout if a little warm. I did slow a little in the 3rd quarter but hey that’s just something to work on for next time isn’t it?
So next time I’ll be looking for sub-27 minutes….follow my blog to find out if I make it next time (have to plug it).
As for the verdict on the shoes, they were pretty comfy. They resulted in a little bit of wee toe damage (photo by request :P) but that is probably expected in new shoes. Hopefully I will go out for a longer trail run in them next time and baptize them in mud.
BTW I’d highly recommend Park Run – it’s free and they are all over the country (UK). There’s a handful in the US but do support them if you can as they are great. They have a great community associated with them. All speeds turn up from fastest to slowest from fittest to never ran/jogged before. There will always be a great cheer for the last person home 🙂