I have a confession to make. I have been unfaithful... to Asics, my beloved running brand from the beginning. I bought Saucony shoes. But, there is a good reason to that: trail running.
That's it, I am part of the club (proud chin up). Friday night, with the playboy, we went trail running. 5.3 miles on trails and I felt like the queen of the world. Just as if I discovered running again. I am exaggerating a bit (drama queen mode). I wanted to try it for a long time. I don't even know, now, why I waited so long. You just have to find a trail and run! It is great to spice things up by trying new things. I have to confirm I truly like it and, for that, I have to add trail running in my running routine.
Trail running in the USA
It is not a surprise for you : trail running is a big thing, right now, in the USA. It is quite surprising for me. I knew it because I read American running blogs, but I didn't know it was such a thing for EVERYONE. We noticed it during our getaway North of San Francisco, this week-end.
Mount Tamalpais State Park - California
We went to North California to hike in parks North of San Francisco. We didn't know we would be so old-fashioned. Hiking is in the past. Now, people run! What surprised me a lot is the fact we met fathers running with their children (not older than 12 or 13 years old). I didn't know it was a everybody kind of thing. I thought trail running was huge in the running community and that was it. Obviously, it is not. There were more runners than hikers.
Seeing it with my European eyes, it actually makes sense. American people love having everything at once and as quick as possible. Trail running is perfect : beautiful scenery, quicker and more intense workout than hiking. I may be wrong, but I analyse it this way.
Saucony Kinvara TR
Well, let's go back to this Asics/Saucony story. I went shopping for trail running shoes. I was targeting Asics as they make good ones and it's my brand of choice for normal running shoes. I have an outlet store in my town but they didn't have much choice. There was a good deal at Saucony. I bought the Saucony Kinvaras TR (also, they look cute). I can't really tell if they are good. I know nothing about trail running shoes. I ran once in them. I liked the fact they are soft and comfortable.
You may think I didn't really need specialized shoes. I mean, I ran ONCE on trails. I know! But... the playboy is excited about trail running. He really wants to give it a shot.
Valley Crest Half Marathon
Soooo, on the 8th of June, we will give it a real shot: Valley Crest Half Marathon. It's a trail half marathon. For once, I look at it with a "wait and see" attitude. I don't really know what to expect and I don't really care. I won't race it. That is for sure. Of course, I am training for it (come one, I am not that relaxed) and I checked the elevation map. I know it won't be easy.
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If I manage to survive it and kind of appreciate it, I can imagine doing trail running as I do hiking. For fun and in a more relaxed way than my usual running. The American way!