Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The Brooks Pure Grit



This....is the Brooks Pure Grit.

The only shoe built for trail in the Pure line up.
Made to be able to "feel" the ground you run on, light enough to feel like you're flying down the rocky path and flexible enough to mimic some natural foot movements.

So how did it hold up?


I was given this shoe for participating in the Blog for Brooks campaign, which to note that I'm failing terribly at engaging people on Facebook about Brooks.
Don't mind me....I am having trouble staying awake with my alternating work shifts therefore sleeping and running seemed like a higher priority than blogging and pimping my Facebook Fan Page.
But continue to try, I will.

If left to my own devices....I'd never buy this shoe out of my own money.

Why?

The Pure line shoes left a very bad taste in my mouth.....and subsequently I did not think that highly of the Pure shoes.....
Despite all that....when I was searching for the "perfect" pair of trail shoes....the thought of these came across my mind momentarily....but I shrugged it off....considering many people have griped about the grip....or lack of it.

But since it is FREE (#thepoweroffree), I figured why not.



* I do have to say....that the colour is AWESOME!!!!!



* And I like how matchy-matching my toe nail colours are to the shoe...




* The grip...of lack of it? 


I had my reservations about the shoe fit. Especially with my previous experience with the Pure shoes which are generally narrower in the forefoot region....

Thankfully the Pure Grit had a better fit.
The forefoot area was wide enough.....and the shoe felt good and low to the ground.

Took it to Kiara for the very first time and clocked a decent 10.8km on trail.

It hadn't been raining for a few days prior to the morning of this trial.
So the trail has been kinda dry.

So the route I took for this run was.....the Office....up to Lung Buster via reverse Coronary Bypass....halfway through cut out onto the tarmac and jogged down to the start of Magic Carpet.....the initial part of Magic Carpet then cut out to 4-K.....all the way up until the shelter hut. Then back down 2-K complete loop....and once down, reverse 2-K but this time hop off the trail and jogged down the tarmac to the end of Magic Carpet and all the way back to the front of the trail. Cross over to the other side and continue up Lung Buster, halfway through, turn around and run back down going back via Coronary Bypass.

I wasn't very confident about the shoes so avoided most of the rockier sections.

So far....the shoes were great to run with.
It was light and I felt nimble.
The sole was thick enough to protect from the gnarly stones and roots jutting out from the trail but thin and soft enough to give you some feel of what you're running on.

It was also great running on tarmac. Unlike my Brooks Trailblade, it was a bit chunky and bit too stiff to work well on tarmac.

What I didn't like about the shoe...I didn't like the heel box. I felt it was a little loose.
Plus I find the lacing very annoying.
Keeps coming off once the shoe is drenched wet with trickling sweat.
Also...it was quite difficult to want to secure the lacing properly at the top to keep the ankle and thus the heel in its proper position without much movement within the heel box.




I took it back 2 more times. And in total mileage, I've done around 28km in them, all purely in Kiara trails.

Unfortunately....the 3rd time, it had been raining the day before and certain sections of the trail were wet.

Lets just say that whatever that was said about the grip of the outsole was entirely true.

I slipped a few times while walking over wet stones and huge rocks, that in my experience prior while wearing the Trailblade was a no-issue.

So what do I think?

Well....I like the shoe enough to keep running in them on days that may guarantee me a dry trail run.
I like how it feels and aesthetic wise, it ain't that bad looking a shoe.
It is very unfortunately that someone at Brooks did not give much after thought about the outsole and its grip.

This shoe has great potential to be a serious competitor in the minimalist trail shoe run-up.
However if something is not done about the grip.......well, then it'll still be a pretty decent road running shoe!

In a nutshell...I enjoy them very much....and highly recommended if the trails you're running aren't very technical and you would prefer something of a hybrid that would do decently on road as well.
However, if you're aiming to run ultras and proper trail races (UPM Salomon Trail Run is NOT a proper trail....let's just agree on that), then I suggest to have another pair of proper trail shoes. Perhaps the all famous Brooks Cascadia...or my humble Trailblade.






Also...thank you Brooks for the free shoe.
I would have never thought of trying them if I had to pay through my own wallet.



Later!!!!!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

The Most Beautiful Thing 50km - 15th September 2012


I am trying my darnest to walk up this very steep incline that had started about 2km back and somehow did not find an ending to....and I'm still huffing and puffing all the way up, hoping that the next bend in the road would be the end to this torture of a hill.
I have another 7 or more kilometers left before I can call it a day and cross out another 50km race off my proverbial race-to-do list.
I am sunburnt....tired....and in need of real food. My GI system has since gone off the likes of GU chomps, much to my chagrin.
Sigh.
I see a couple of chaps in front of me and I'm in no position to chase...and some poor dude or two behind me, staring in disbelief at the task of more hill climb before them.

And I ask myself...again.....why am I doing this?



The race began on that very chilly Saturday morning at Kundasang.
The bunch of us that took up the night before at the dorm at Rina D'Lodge and it was cold.
I had refused to bathe in view of the temperamental water heater.
Sleep had been disturbed by the howls of wind just outside the window.

I was glad morning came about so I could get on with it and head back to my beckoning hotel room back in Kota Kinabalu town for good night rest.


The race started at Kundasang...just opposite the road from the Memorial site.

And suddenly I feel very underprepared.
I know I've said many times that to me, this wasn't a race but a HOLIDAY....but seeing everyone around, all dressed up like they were about to set off to race UTMB, I can't help to feel anything but unprepared.
Of course, I later realized that quite a few of those were racing 100km and I consoled myself with that fact that I would be done before this day is up.



It was great to see familiar faces at the start of the race.
Nothing speaks camaraderie more than catching up with friends, well wishes of good lucks and what nots, and sharing pre-race anxieties. Oh and of course, taking lots and lots of pictures when everyone still looked fresh and very much alive.

* Deo, Faisal, Jeff, Cyn, Rupert, Yimmy and Zaki...


* Agnes and I racing in our Brooks...me in my Trailblade....her in Cascadia. I taped her ankle prior to race since she sprained it recently.


There wasn't much of an official start.....we were chatting and laughing and when we turned around, everyone was taking off.
And thus the race had begun.

The first kilometer of so was a dash on tar road downhill.

.....and then we hit the uphill.
It was steep but not too long.
And the view was to die for....

Still early on in the race, there was no need to look out for route markers...just follow the crowd in front....my only aim at this point, is to get to the first water station.
I was with Agnes most of the time......it was good to have someone to chat with and take pictures with as well.
We were both in awe of our surroundings. Every turn of a corner was another great view of the majestic mountain and the luscious green valley beneath us.




The route before the first check point was partially road and partially gravel and at best could be described as undulating....



We ran when the route allowed us to run....and walked those inclines to conserve energy.

And we stopped often for photos.

Got to first check point, at 10km.....at about 1:28.
Filled up hydration bladder....popped some salt tabs into it and off we went.

Right away from the first check point was another steep incline.
Thankfully it was a short one and on tarmac.

Turned a corner and we ran into the plantations......what I'd like to call, the Cabbage Patch.

The route at this point was mostly earth with a fair share of mud thrown in and around for good measure.
I guess the heavy downpour over the past few weeks on a daily basis ensured that no shoe would be left un-mud!

The earth was uneven and there were some tiny hills here and there.
We ran when we could...and walked majority of the time.
I was prone to twisted ankles and Agnes was still in recovery from an ankle sprain.




It was windy....but the sun was pretty strong.
I found that my nose did more running than my legs throughout the first 20km or so.

After check point 2, we headed up hills....more hills...and then some.

Agnes was setting great pace walking up those hills and I was trying my darnest to keep up.

I was feeling very tired and exhausted which I could not explain....and my tummy kinda hurts.
Perhaps I didn't sleep well the night before.....perhaps I didn't eat enough before the race.....perhaps it is altitude.
But I was suffering....and it was only 20-ish kilometers in.
Almost half way.....but I know myself well enough to NOT be feeling this crappy this early in the race and with most of our mileage thus far logged via walking.

I was a little annoyed.
Walking is my forte and walking uphill has always been my thing.
But I didn't feel that great.

Tried to ignore it all by chatting up people around me.
Besides Agnes, bumped into Cornelius....his second time at TMBT 100km....and spoke casually to others, whose name I did not get, along the way.

Cornelius looked extremely comfortable and at ease walking up the hills. Ah...the envy!!!



A turn here and there and next thing I knew, we were back at the Cabbage Patch.
I liked the Cabbage Patch.
The view was brilliant and jumping around to avoid puddles of mud was fun and personally, entertaining.



We came out onto the main road that was tarmac and started running. It was mostly flat and downhill.
My tummy hurts and I figured I needed some "real" food.
I'd try running as much as I can before I can no longer run.
Agnes was running further up in front. She was in great form!!!!
Ah...the envy....
I still hadn't figured out what was wrong with my body.
Again...it shouldn't feel this horrible this early in the race...and it was not like I was pushing myself. I was mostly brisk walking.


Finally arriving at Check point 3, I told Agnes I needed to sit down and eat something. I was feeling rather fatigued and it was worrying me. I shouldn't be feeling this tired this early on.

She said she'll get a move on first and I should catch up when I'm done eating.

After refilling up the hydration bladder and popping more salt tabs into it.....grabbed a Mars bar, started munching on it and got my tired arse up and moving.
And the route there after was mostly uneven earth and loads of gravel.
Gravel, gravel, gravel everywhere.

And the uphills!!!!!
Thankfully the wind was still very strong.
Hearing the forceful gale was a break to the monotony that was the climbing of yet another steep incline.

I could spot Cornelius quite a fair bit in front of me, and I couldn't see anyone behind me.
I was mostly alone at this stretch.
Having spotted Corny intermittently at the top of another incline was very reassuring that I was still on the right path.

After climbed what seemed like a lot of small hills, we hit a descend.....of gravel roads.
It was all the way down for several kilometers.

I knew it was quite a long way down and we were probably in the valley as the wind was no longer strong and at the end of the descend, was barely palpable.


At the base of it was a small village and it was mostly flat road for another several kilometers.
I spotted several participants wearing the 25km bib....and I wondered if I took the wrong turning.

But still.....I could still spot Corny way in front....I had imprinted his image from behind into my head by now, after having to spot him from afar for so long.

After what seemed like another 4-5 kilometer of walking on gravel under the hot, unrelenting sun (and I knew I was in trouble as I was a little sloppy with NOT having put on any sunscreen), I looked up and saw in front of me a road leading up a very steep hill.

I looked again...and on that very steep hill was what seemed like people walking up it!

The profanities that went on a barrage in my head.....I will save you from that.
But let's just say I wasn't that positive about what I will be enduring in a while more.

And finally...I hit that hill.
And it was steep....it was long....it was very hot.....it was pure torture.
Everyone around me attacking that hill looked like they would soon collapse of exhaustion.

And after about a kilometer of climbing.....the 4th check point came into view.
And not a second too soon.
I was almost out of water!!!

Tony, KC and Agnes were there.
Agnes was already preparing to head out.
I told her I needed a sit down and more proper food.
I was starving.
My tummy hurts.
I was exhausted.

I sat right in front of the marshals and told them I'd get up to sign in....after I'm done eating.
At this point, eating was more important.
Tony brought out some bread which I devoured very quickly.

Finally...I think I was ready to head on.....it was already 38km.
Just another 12km more.
I'm almost done.

Got up...signed in...showed them that I had my headlamp and my handphone (the 2 mandatory items that were requested to be shown at that check point) and off I went.

I caught up with a group of 4 locals and was following them for a while....
After we cross the road at Ranau, we were on a bit of a downhill until 40km.
And then..it was uphill all the way.
The 4 dudes dropped me coz I was too tired to hike up.

So I went at my pace.
It got really steep at some parts....but the worst thing about the whole climb was that it never ended.
Literally.
It was all the way up for 3km...then the incline plateaued for several hundred meters....and then the climb continued for another kilometer of so....plateaued....and climb again.
I couldn't see anyone in front of me...and anyone behind me for quite a while.

Then I would come across some participants who would sit under some shade resting.
I came across Boyd resting under a shade as well.
He was doing 100km and he looked in worse shape than I felt I was.

Finally at the end of the climb, another check point.
I was told this would be the last check point before the end for the 50km race.




I looked at the sign-in sheet....and I guess I felt slightly better knowing I was the 33rd person checking in at this check point.
Could have been worse.

I filled up my hydration bladder despite knowing that the end of the race was near.
You never know....especially since I was terribly thirsty and drinking more than usual.
I still haven't figured out if it was the altitude....the exhaustion....or whatever.
I just know I didn't feel like my usual self.
So better to fill up more just in case.

The route after that was on normal road.
And it was more or less flat.
Knowing that it was just a few more kilometers to 50km was very helpful....psychologically.


Popped more GU chomps.....and kept on walking.

Was walking with a participant for the 100km.
He commented that I was so lucky that I was gonna complete soon.
I couldn't agree more.
He looked terrible.
I felt kinda bad....but I noted that he looked worse for wear compared to me....and he had another 50km to go!!!

Yes...there are many things to be thankful and grateful for in life.
Almost completing your journey on a race was definitely one of those things.

We walked back into Kundasang town...more or less...and I could already spot the school which was the end for the 50km...and the 50k check point for the 100km participants.

I was SO happy!!!
I could finally get my hands on REAL FOOD!!!!!




I looked down at my Garmin...noted that it wasn't really 50km....but only 48km.....not that I really cared....
I was at the finish line and I was ecstatic!!
Especially seeing familiar faces at the end.....Tony came to take my picture!!!

Yes...I'd admit...I LOVE having my pictures taken at finishing line.




Absolutely LOVED the beaded finishing medal!!!
Best finisher's token ever!!


So....in a nutshell....

Finished 50km (48km according to Garmin...not that I'm being particular) in 9 hours and 25 minutes....almost half an hour behind Agnes.

The race was doable.....and in my better days, I would say extremely doable.....
I ran 10% of the course....and walked/hiked the remaining 90%.

The view.....extremely scenic at the Cabbage Patch.....and horribly torturous at certain parts....especially the horrid last climb.

The weather.....I'm just thankful it did not rain.

Sunburnt and currently having 3 tone skin colour on my leg.
Sigh.

Would I do it again?
Definitely!!!!!
The view was to die for.
Would I sign up for the full 100km?
Probably.....(ok on good days, most likely)


Oh....when I ended the race and went to change out of my sweaty icky clothes, I found out the reason why I felt like crap during the race.
First day of my menstrual cycle.



Later!!!!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

A runner and her shoes.....

What makes up an ideal running shoe...?

Is it a specific, widely recognize running shoe brand?
Is it a specific color scheme of the shoe?
Is it how much gel packed under the heel?
Is it the current "trend" of whatever that is trending in the running circle?
Is it how well publicized or "popular" the shoe is?

*scratches head and shrugs shoulders*

Well....let me tell you my personal experience with running shoes when I first forayed into the then "wilderness" of running.

Back in 2008.....I was a newbie in the running circle and still galavanting around in Ipoh's Polo Ground.

I still had my pair of Asics GT-2110 that I purchased while on holiday in Melbourne...(yes...it is now, if not mistaken, 2170....it's been THAT long!)

When that pair of shoes died....I was heart broken.
Where on earth was I gonna find another replacement!?
A more legit question...what shoe am I gonna replace my R.I.P. Asics with!?

I did what most people would do...
I logged onto Runner's World online.....looked at the shoe profiling....figured out if I was flat footed or high arched....whether I was biomechanically efficient, an over pronator or a supinating runner....brand preference....cushioning preference....the works.
(I learnt all these before heading into Sports Medicine....the world wide web is an encyclopedia for all kinda shits)

So...turns out...I was flat footed.....but I do not over pronate.....
I had wide foot....and my brand preference was Nike and Brooks....

The recommended shoe models that the website picked for me.....I couldn't find it.
I even came home to KL...dragged myself to the likes of KLCC and Pavilion, to all major sporting shops to seek out those shoe models....but non prevailed....or they were ridiculously expensive.

I ended up with a pair of moderately priced Nike which I hated.....(and because I hated most of the Nike models thus far....I don't even bother remembering their names)....then onto another pair of Nike (it was easily available, y'see) which I hated less.....then finally my very first pair of Brooks Axiom 2.
This was all before the MoGo technology.

The Axiom 2 was super flexible and much lower to the ground compared to the Nikes....and it was firmer.
That...was my first not-so-cushioning running shoe.

I progressed on to Brooks Ghost 2.
Then...it was classified not under 'Cushioning' but under 'Performance'.
The earlier versions of Ghost were made to be light, flexible, firm and to have a fast-feel.
(I LOVED this pair the most!)

With the retirement of Ghost 2, I upgraded to a Ghost 3....slightly thicker....less firm and more cushioning.
And that was when it started getting categorized under 'Cushioning'.

In 2009...I was introduced to the sensation that it is now..the Vibram Five Fingers.
Then it was Mo-maniac and James 'The-marathon-shop" who were sporting them.
I was intrigued....and fascinated.
But they were pricey and difficult to get in Malaysia.
In 2010....I finally got my grubby hands on my first pair of VFF (the real deal) while in transit in Singapore for a ridiculous amount that surpasses any running shoe cost I've ever had to pay.
My first pair was a KSO.....the same pair that I lost.
(but that's a totally unrelated story...)

I have then heard about this amazing read called "Born to Run"...it was touted on Runner's World as a mind-blowing-revelation-of-running sorta book.
And my Singaporean friends all have it.
I wanted to get it while I was there but I ran out of Singapore Dollars....I was in transit to Melbourne and I already blew my money on the VFF.
But I did manage to get that book while in Melbourne when Borders was having some ridiculous end of the year sale!

I devoured that book.....every single page....I read and re-read....and then read another time.
I was fascinated.
And I started questioning my supposed primitive beliefs on the traditional running shoes.
At that time, running shoes were getting thicker and more cushioning...and more gels and more whatever midsole-gimmicks stuffed into the newer models of shoes.
Asics Nimbus and Kayano were resembling a Jell-O sandwich with the amount of"shock-absorbing-gels" pocketed between the shoe and the sole.
My Ghost shoe was progressively getting thicker with each updates.
And here was a book proclaiming the benefits of minimalistic footwear!!!!
Wow!!!!
Astounding information!!!

Shoes that are thick and are cushioned aplenty were causing heel strike.
Not that there is anything wrong with heel strike (every walking step starts with a heel strike)....but its not physiologically feasible when running....on barefoot.
But here comes chunky running shoes that cost as much as getting Gordon Ramsey to personally cook for you....and the companies producing them are touting them as the solution to all your running dilemmas.

Then you get a spike in running injuries.
But to be fair to the running shoes....there also is an exponential increment in the running population...and therefore, injuries as a whole can't be fully avoided.

I had then been running in my vibrams for a while.
However I had my own personal issues with them...the Morton's toe....the possible plantar fasciitis....the blisters...the calluses....
But mostly...it's due to the terrible-too's....
Too much...too fast....too soon.
Then again it is also the same formula for most running injuries out there....
Too much...too fast...too soon.
Perhaps a tad of too-gungho as well.

I settled my plantar fasciitis with alternating with running shoes.
I keep my VFF for short distances less than 10km....and running shoes for anything above that.
That totally settled most of my VFF-related problems.

And that was when I started seeking out low-to-the-ground and super flexible running shoes that doesn't encase my feet in bulky synthetic rubber and let my feet sorta "feel" the ground.
My intrinsic foot muscles needed a work out as well...not just my quads, hammies and gastroc.

So when it came to trail running (kinda like my newest obsession), I was also looking for something that allows me to "feel" the earth.

Now that I'm in my line of work....it is unfortunate that we still are using the typical recommendations for running shoes.
Depending on foot arches....and on pronation.
I agree...no official studies have been published about barefoot running....and there are plenty of barefoot-running-related injuries as well....
But I do agree that having a more "minimalist" running shoe does a great deal of help than to have them chunky and with too much cushioning.
(this is my personal opinion...if it clashes with YOUR personal opinion....do me a favour and move on to another running blog. Thank you!)

And I see all the shoe companies clambering over each other to produce a shoe that favours the minimalist trend of the moment.
(yes...it is very much a trend but a trend that I hope will prevail with time)

And seeing that I LOVE Brooks and for everything it stands for....I was delighted when I heard about the Pure Project line.
A shoe with some protection to the stones and glasses littered on our roads....but thin and flexible enough for you to "feel" your run.
I LOVED the idea.
And even more...I LOVED how it looks.
I got my hands on a pair of Women's Pure Flow.

Unfortunately...I HATED the shoe.
Hated it SO freakin much that after 2km into the run, I had to chuck it and continued the remaining 3km in my Havaiannas!!!!!
Why?
It was just too narrow.
It is so unlike Brooks to produce such a tight shoe.
I gave it away....unwilling to give it another try.
Trust me...it is definitely no fun to run in constriction, feeling like your blood supply to your toes have been cut off.

In retrospect....I should have gotten the Men's version in hopes of a broader toe box.

And in my continuous search for the "IT" trail shoes....I'm gonna be looking at the Pure Grit with a bit more interest, but I'll keep in mind to try the Men's shoes instead of the Women's.
(let's not even talk about Asics trail...coz I'll be coming out with a review on the Women's Fuji Trabuco Trail shoes soon enough)

Let's hope there will be happier trail runs in the future.

So at this point of my search for the ideal-running-shoe....I'm at a lost.
My road shoes are Brooks Green Silence.....and my trail shoes are Brooks Trailblade.
Both are decent running shoes....
However I just am NOT feeling it.

Sigh.

So tell me.....what is YOUR take on the ideal running shoe?

What IS your current favourite?


Later!!!!! (and run happy)

Saturday, September 1, 2012

The unfortunate outcome of my Keen A86


Remember we (ok fine, I!) talked about my amazing find that was the Keen A86?

Well....forget about it.
It tore.

About a week after I posted, raving about my undying love for the shoe...I went for a trail run at Kiara with the usual suspects.
Not that we were running long or fast....although long and fast are a matter of opinion and therefore rather subjective to each individual runner.
But in my point of view...we weren't going too long or too fast.

However, I felt that there were a bit too much tiny stones and sand stuck in my right foot.
I mean it's kinda usual...considering I tackle trail without a use of gaiters but that day...it was just a bit too overbearing.

On the way down on our last kilometer (I think we did about 7km that day...decent but now spectacular), I stopped to un-sand and un-stone both sides of my shoe.

Lo and behold, noticed the noticeably large tearing at the base of the lateral aspect of the sole-material junction of the right side.
It was not a tiny, negligible tear.
It was huge!


I peered over to the left side.
There was straining at the material just above the sole at the same area where the tear was located on the right side as well.


Dang.

Just as I was gonna go out into the world campaigning what a great and fantastic shoe this was.

Anyway, Stupe advised me to write in to Keen itself....and see what response I would get.

A response I did get.
They mentioned that it was possible that I was sold a defected item.
...and I should possibly take this issue up with World of Sports if they can in any way replace the shoe...or any compensation of sort.

Now....the clincher of the story.

I can't find the bloody receipt.

In my defense....since buying running shoes does not help in anyway in my income tax declaration, I didn't see the need to keep it.
And besides...who actually keeps their receipt of their running shoe...considering it's been almost a month old and I've been running in them without any issue for so long!?!?!?!?!

But truth me told....I'm very very KEEN (with all pun intended) to buy another pair of Keen.
I did say that I was madly in love with the shoe...right?!?!?!

Anyway....in view that TMBT is like...2 weeks away, I needed a pair of trail shoes...STAT!

So out came my Brooks Trailblade.

* Me and my Trailblade on our official first Kiara run together.....

Personally I have never heard of this model of Brooks trail shoes and I figured it was one of those hybrid sorts like the Adrenaline GTS ASR type.
Obviously it was not as well known as the Cascadia.....

But on a good note, I bought it at half price.

It is a decent shoe....light, sturdy and most importantly....wide forefoot for big-footed people like me.

However considering that I've been running around Kiara and the likes in low-to-the-ground and almost minimalist sort of shoe....the Trailblade is kinda chunky in comparison....although I'm sure the Salomon XR Crossmax and the likes are way bulkier than my Trailblade.
So I actually consider myself lucky.

Been running in the Trailblade for almost over a week now....and I can say....I've never twisted my ankle this often.
Besides that....its a great shoe.
I know...the irony is piercing....but don't mind me.

Anyway...I was just checking my comment page regarding the Keen A86 and my friend Shafiq about why I did not just go into VFF for my trail shoes.

Ok....I love my Komodosport just as much as I loved my dearly departed (R.I.P.) Keen.
However I'm not able to go past 15km in them comfortably on road.
And running over gravel in VFF no matter how "thick" the sole of the model can get....it is still painful.
Furthermore....I'm training for ultra and am hoping to find the "ideal" shoe for my HK100 and I know it is gravelly.
From my previous experiences with ultra on the road....my feet tend to swell.
(of course that is normal and totally to be expected!!)

Therefore.....in all sensibility.....(and I'm not Seow Kong....although I secretly wish to grow up and be able to run like him!!)....VFF are a bad choice for me.....and frankly after 60km of running when you're tired and fatigue (coz I am after all a mere mortal and not a reincarnation of Killian Jornet no matter how much I train and diet), the last thing I wanna worry about is how gravelly the road is and how painful my feet are because my shoes/VFF are too thin that I could literally "feel" the bloody road.

That...my friend...is my answer...and I'm sticking to it.


* No...not my shoe...just a random photo off the world wide web.

On another note....I'm actually very very curious to try out Brooks Pure Grit.....the only trail shoe on their "feel"-shoe-chart.
Yes...even despite knowing from other runners that the grip sucks.
I'm kinda in a position to trade grip for more "feel" of the trail in hopes that I will no longer twist my ankle.

And yes...I twisted it again (!!!) during yesterday's run and am icing it like crazy coz this time it's not a mere twist but more like an actual sprain....again.

And of course, I'm hoping Brooks will sponsor my pair of Pure Grit.....
There's nothing wrong in hoping, now is there!?


Sigh.

Anyway just let my Trailblade lead me through my TMBT and I'll get back to finding the perfect shoe!!!
(just please please please let me withstand the urge to purchase another pair of discounted Keen A86!!!!)


Later!!!!!