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First Miles in the Feelmax Niesa Shoes

Posted by scott on April 20, 2009

I am just getting started testing some prototype Feelmax Niesa shoes that I received from Feelmax.  The short version is that these shoes are fantastic!

Feelmax Shoes

Feelmax Shoes Folded

They wear like shoes, but have an incredibly minimal sole.  You get just a bit of sole protection, but plenty of barefoot feel.  I have only done a few runs in them so far – a couple on road and one on trail.  I was particularly pleased with the trail performance – could definitely feel changes in terrain.  I was totally comfortable for my 8-mile trail run in them yesterday.  They are incredibly lightweight and soft, so with socks I don’t see any chance of blistering.  More to come on these great shoes!


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Last of the Spring Slush Running?

Posted by scott on April 14, 2009

We had a great Spring weekend at the cabin last weekend – perfect, perfect weather.  I got out for 2 great trail runs, both turned out to be longer than planned.  So I’m recovering this week from a probably-too-aggressive increase in mileage (I am supposed to be nurturing an injury).  But it was too fun!

Saturday morning I went for what I thought was an 8 mile that turned out to be 10.5.  I went first thing in the morning and the dry parts of the trail were very firm and fast, but plenty of ice slowed me down.  Sunday I decided I would be “smart” and go later in the day when it would be warmer and not so icy.  My 5-6 mile plan turned out to be an 8 miler and it was wet, muddy, slushy, slick, snowy, icy – I think just about everything!  It was again slow and I was feeling gassed from Saturday (this was my first back to back of long runs).  Walked lots of uphills and called small inclines uphills so I could walk them.  But it was again a blast, and fun to be outside in the Spring!  Nessie loved every minute:

Nessie Puddle

Thunder Lake Trail Nessie

Thunder Lake Trail Snow

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Inaugural Zumbro Bottoms 100s This Weekend – Good Luck

Posted by scott on April 10, 2009

Good luck to everyone heading down to the inaugural Zumbro Bottoms 100s races this weekend!  I haven’t kept close track of locals who are running, but I can’t wait to read reports from Steve, Matt,  and Zach (do you have a blog?).  I think Helen and Kelly are volunteering/spectating, and as I know from experience that also gives you great perspective on a race.  Sorry to any I left out due to the quick post.

Someone posted pics from a recon run – was it just me, or did parts of that course look Barkley-ish?  I don’t think it’s beyond Larry to put up a challenging course, but I’m sure it will be a blast.

Best of luck to everyone!

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