My love for trail running grows more and more every week and so I thought it was time to finally get some new trail running shoes.
The Cascadia 9s are the shoes that will spend many hours with me on the trails.
One thing that I noticed right away with these shoes is how well they held my foot in place as I was running on the trails. The shoes offer incredible support on the uneven trails/rocks. I felt like they really gripped the many different surfaces as I was going along. No sliding around in these babies. The upper part of the shoe is incredibly comfortable and I loved how the tongue of the shoe is really padded.
The Cascadia 9s have a 10 mm drop which is more than I usually wear but I really like having extra shoe because they give more padding and more protection on the trails. They weigh 9.7 ounces which is more than my normal running shoe but I still feel like I can go fast in them. I actually prefer a more stable/bulky shoe on the trails compared to a lightweight sleek shoe. I was surprised by how flexible they were too. Overall, my feet were very happy in them.
They are said to be really good on snowy pavement too which I am excited for because I can’t tell you how many times I have fallen while running on the snow.
One thing though—> The first few times that I wore them the sides rubbed my feet a little funny because there is more support/cushioning than what I am used to but after wearing them about 3 times my feet got used to that.
For lunch yesterday I made my favorite thing to make at home. Sliced up a sweet potato and rubbed some olive oil and garlic salt on them. I baked them at 425 for about 30 minutes and then topped them with some cheese, a shredded chicken breast, 1/2 an avocado, tomatoes and red peppers (I was out of salsa.. rude).
Speaking of avocado, I feel like the below picture is very accurate.
I went with a friend (that I met through my spin classes a few years ago) to a bbq and they put chocolate covered raisins in the trial mix… um BRILLIANT.
They also put a big bowl of eggless cookie dough and a bunch of spoons on the table. Doesn’t get any better folks.
And finished off the night with the girls.
And at around 11:17 pm I was reunited with the one and only Brookers.
Monday- Hill repeats! 4 mile warm-up and 10 x .2 mile hill sprints up and jog back down. KILLER workout. 8 miles total.
Tuesday- 7 easy miles on the treadmill @ 7:58 average pace
Wednesday- OFF —> except I worked up quite the sweat shoveling chocolate chip pancakes into my mouth for breakfast.
Thursday- 22.1 miles. Last LONG LONG run before the marathon. Great confidence building long run for me. 15 with friends and 7.1 on my own. Overall pace= 8:20
Friday- 7 miles at a recovery pace of 9:00
Saturday- 7 miles with Candice during her marathon. No idea what our pace was.
55 miles! TIME TO TAPER!
Tell me about your hardest workout recently? What was your best workout last week?
-Those hill repeats nearly killed me off. My long run felt surprisingly really good!
Trail runners—> what shoes do you wear?
Best thing you ate this weekend?
Marathon people—> what are the two last long runs that you do during your taper?
-I think this week I will do a 15 miler, 9 next week and then the marathon the following weekend!