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Running sunny ridges

March 2, 2012

Location: Arches National Parc, Utah. Photo: Peder Sundström. Runner: me

What a difference it is to run free. Making my own choices, finding my own routes, like one of my recent runs, cruising dry, sunny ridges with a inner smile. Searching tough off-trail running and some wonderful single-tracks, running or rather  “riding” downhill and having fun. Wearing Brooks True Grit, what a bliss! Especially on flat, smoothe trails, since the upper is rather soft and the shoe has something of a “spongy” feel. I took it out on a wild run though, which was plenty of fun. No wonder it got great reviews, just like its sibling Pure Connect, which lacks the grip but has a snug fit, compared to Pure Grit.

Maybe running up and down ridges seems a bit masochistic, but I see the beauty of the challenge: hill running is tough but rewarding. Finding new routes, both up and down, the run can become an amazing journey, and after a while you will find yourself manage to run the whole way without losing momentum, without having to rest.

Inov-8 Bare X LIte 150

Recently there has been some media coverage about trail running in Swedish media. As a “trail running expert” I have been asked to give some advice on how to get started with trail running, what gear to pick etc. These advice you can find the piece about trail running in the latest issue of KING magazine, and Runner’s World’s trail running special issue.

Hard to beat. Inov-8 X-Talon 190

The travel magazine Active Escape also features a trail special and don’t miss out on my upcoming running shoe review in Utemagasinet #3 with many exciting new models for lighter, happier and more natural running.

Today is a sunny day. I will run out of town with the Inov-8 Bare X’s and swap to the Inov-8 X-talon 190’s as I leave tarmac for sunny off-trail ridges. Need to get some power in those legs, Kullamannen trail race is only 2,5 months away. Have a nice trail running weekend.

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