I’ve finally made the leap out of my computer chair and into getting some serious physical activity with a pair of Saucony Grid Excursion TR trail running shoes. So far I’m thoroughly impressed with them. When I tried them on at Forerunners, I compared them to about four or five other brands and they easily won out. I guess the best comparison I could give would be that these shoes feel like I’m driving in a sports car that’s low to the ground and has great traction versus the other running shoes that felt like I was driving in a 4×4 that had huge balloon tires, that while providing plenty of traction and cushioning, still made me feel like I was too high off the ground and could easily lose my balance. It’s kind of hilarious when you think about it though because we’re only talking about a minor difference in height but I still easily felt the difference nonetheless. Even more interesting is that even though the Saucony trail runners felt like they had less cushioning than the other runners, they actually felt like they had more spring to them.
So why trail runners versus regular running shoes? I actually find any type of forced physical activity to be boring which is why I never have the willpower to get out and be active. And yet if I’m playing around, say like tossing a frisbee back and forth with a friend, I can run around getting tons of exercise yet I don’t think of it as "working out" (which is why I was so active as a kid). That’s why I chose the trailer runners. Instead of just running in a straight line, I’m trying to make it more enjoyable and exciting by running all over the place and over all sorts of things. Thus I could be running on a trail near the beach, leap up onto a log, run to the end of it, leap onto a rock and finally leap off that back onto the trail. In effect, I want to be fully engaged and have some interaction with my environment around me instead of just running in a straight line like I would if I was on a treadmill in a gym.
So far, so good. I’m getting active and having a blast doing it. 🙂