I usually run trails 5 days a week, because I love it. But unlike many runners I don’t really see my running as training. Basically I do it (trail running) because it’s fun and VERY enjoyable. Today I didn’t run. I needed to rest. But I really wanted to run. “Normal” (flat road or park trail) running can be OK, if I’m going somewhere, like home after visiting friends, with some good music of course.
‘Trail running’ on the other hand is something completely different. It’s about exploring and experiencing. It’s about natural obstacles and natural shapes. Like surfing or skiing. Luckily trail running is a sport that very few have discovered, which means I never have to share “my” trails with anyone. Actually I have only met other trail runners less than 10 times on the trails where I normally run (5 days a week) during the past 10 years. It’s pretty mindblowing considering I live in the centre of Sweden’s 2nd biggest city and this place is just 10 minutes away – by foot.
Anyway, I have been wanting to tell you about one of my favourite trail running shoes: Inov-8 Roclite 305 or Roclite 260 in women size. This is a fairly soft, studded shoe suitable for narrow feet, almost all kinds of terrain, both training and racing. Especially if you’re running in mixed terrain, from flat to technical, this is an ideal shoe from my personal point of view. The studded outsole gives good traction with its sticky rubber. It even behaves very well on asfalt, with a wonderful lightness and toe-off. I also like the soft, low-cut heel, avoiding unecessary pressure on the achilles. For hardcore technical trail running this loafer-like trail shoe might be a little soft on the upper, doesn’t really give much protection and it’s not very stable, But if you like the feeling of flying in first class while trail running you should give it a try. Of all the shoes (about 40 during 2009) I have tested Roclite 305 is the one that makes me most happy.