I wore the New Balance MT101s out at Bandera today to see how they’d do in all the rocks. I heart these shoes, but they seem like a bit of a risk on some of Bandera’s downhills. Chunky rocks, lying on top of more chunky rocks, lying on top of unstable smallish rocks. Or just piles of chunky rocks on a steep hill. If you step on a rock going downhill fast and your foot twists a bit, it’s really easy to bruise the side of your foot in a shoe without much side protection. The MT101s were perfect today though. (Did I mention I heart them?) A. and I ran 17ish miles and most of the hills of the 100k course. Still, it’s foolish to underestimate Bandera, so no shoe decisions until I run some high mileage out there next week. Let me know what you think if you have any thoughts on the matter.
In other news, Eliot, Asa, and I going to Hawaii for the holidays. My sister’s husband is deployed and my parents are bringing the family together to be with her and her girls. Such sacrifice on our parts, eh? Wonderful sister, great nieces, loving parents, island paradise. Anything for family, I guess. (For the record, we all would have shown up in Georgia if they’d been stationed there, too. We just might not have clapped when the plane landed.) I promise to post obnoxious Christmas-at-the-beach pictures.