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December 29, 2010

Imagine your run as a joyful excursion for moments of openness, slowly drilling into Being, in the present. It’s not a run for “the nice feeling afterwards”. It’s “running for now”, for sensations, obvious and not so obvious, for body awareness, the sudden lightness. Glimpses of enlightenment. Noticing the sunlit snow crystals, dancing like diamonds. The complete silence in the forest, once you stop. Being in the moment. Listening to your breaths. Correcting your posture, forefoot strike and facial expression. Let’s have fun! Let’s ride the trails, like they were waves. Just float and enjoy.

The Kalahari bushmen ran the desert for food, working as a team when persistance hunting; the lung-gom-pa buddhist monks of Tibet ran “flying” while meditating, almost without touching the ground; the chasqui runners of the ancient Inca culture ran with messenges and fresh fish from the coast to the royalties high up in the Andes. Why and how do you run? Is it in the Now or for the future?

Ultrarunner Anton Krupicka talks about “running naturally”, stripping it down to the essentials, feeling the ground with every step. Since a few years New Balance listen to his thoughts on running and more specifically – ultralight long distance trail running shoes. Maybe you have already tested the New Balance MT100 or the sequel MT101. March 2011 their latest collaboration the New Balance Minimus will be released, appearently much anticipated according to minimalist runners on Internet. Here is a link where you can watch Krupicka explain and read more about the project.

Having worked with trail shoe reviews for a decade I know how difficult it is to get a hold of lightweight trail running shoes in your regular running store. The New Balance MT100 didn’t even attract one single running retailer in Sweden. So you can’t really expect to find what you want in regular running stores. But don’t despair; there is always an abundance of online stores. Yesterday I browsed for lightweight trail runners and found lots of interesting shoes and bargains. Here is a selection:

Adidas Swoop 2: 40 GBP

Aidas Adizero XT: 40 GBP Pete Bland Sports

Adidas Kanadia: from 35 GBG on

Asics Trail Attack 5: 40 GBP Pete Bland

Asics Trail Attack 7: 52 GBP

Brooks Cascadia: from 45 GBP

Helly Hansen Trail Cutter III: 33USD Amazon

Icebug Spirit OLX 280g: 160 USD on Amazon, 100€

Inov-8 X-Talon 230g: 100 USD on Amazon or 60 GBP

Inov-8 X-Talon 190 Fell Racing, 72 GBP on

Inov-8 Flyroc GTX, 25 GBP on

Inov-8 Roclite 295, 35 GBP on

Inov-8 Roclite 320, 40 GBP Amazon

Inov-8 Roclite 305, 63 USD

Mizuno Wave Harrier 3, 50 GBP Amazon

Mizuno Wave Kaze 4 Cross Country Spikes 40 GBP Amazon

Montrail Rockridge 85USD Amazon

New Balance MT100, 65-75 USD on Amazon

New Balance MT800 GR, from 27 GBP on

Nike Zoom Trail S+ from 53 USD on

Puma Trailfox III, 20 GBP Pete Bland Sports

Saucony Kilkenny 40 GBP Pete Bland

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