Saturday, May 16, 2009
Virgin Voyage of the Brooks Cascadia 4's
I recieved my new shoes in the mail yesterday from Running Warehouse. I busted them in this morning on a flat 20 km mixed surface run. They felt awesome. It is amazing to crank out 12 miles in a new pair of shoes and experience absolutely zero problems with blisters, hotspots, or rubbing of any sort. I had no issues with shin splints and knees which I was struggling with as a result of my last pairs midsole breaking down. I still need to take them on a Mount Doug Gutbuster training run and really push their limits to see how they handle the nasty terrain. So far so good, and I am thinking they are the shoe for me. They don't quite wrap my ankle as well as my asics, and so my only concern is ankle support from the upper. They are a very stable shoe and most likely will lessen the ammount of ankle rolls anyway. I will really push them on the slopes of Doug next run to see how they handle the slick rocks, mud, steep desents, tricky side slopes, and loose gravel. I can't wait. The final test will come in the form of a 30 or 40 km on Elk Lake this week or early next. I will have a good idea what to expect from these babies by then. This is a repeat of my georunner post for those of you following my runner blog.