Dirty shoes planned for the Dirty Sock 10K

My GTS 9’s in pre-muddy form

Today’s run (street) 2.5 miles at 8:44

I own three pairs of trail shoes but I’m thinking of running the Dirty Sock race in regular shoes this Sunday. The trail at Belmont Lake is mostly flat and well tended and there isn’t a lot of surface that requires the extra traction of more purpose-built shoes. The reason I’m thinking this way is that I’m concerned that my feet may take a beating after six miles. Last year I ran this event in my New Balance 460’s that are great but are a half size too small. I can get away with 3 or 4 miles on the 460’s but I ended up with a black toenail after last year’s race.

My Adidas Response 15’s have been my MVP running shoes, serving well on both streets and trails and filling in as casual shoes when I travel. However, they also lose appeal after five miles of hard running. My feet took a beating the last time I used them for a long trail run. I have a pair of Helly Hansen Trail Lizards that impressively tear up the rough terrain at Stillwell Woods but they may be overkill for Sunday’s race. I’m inclined to pull my old Brooks GTS 9’s back into service instead. These shoes do very well over long distances and, even after 600 miles, they look and feel almost like new. My only concern relates to vanity as I’m reluctant to get them muddy. I suppose I can always hose them off after I run.

This morning I continued to run with a focus on speed and cadence and achieved 8:44 per mile overall, despite very high humidity. It’s still a little challenging to maintain enough concentration at 4:00 AM to keep with a consistently brisk pace. I have been running in my Saucony Grid Tangent 4’s over the last week but I’ve switched to my Kinvaras for this week’s taper. I’ll probably do my last training runs in my Brooks GTS 10’s to get used to a little heavier shoe. My biggest concern at the moment is how the rain predicted for Saturday might affect conditions on Sunday morning. If it’s muddy course on race day I may need to run in trail shoes after all.

2 thoughts on “Dirty shoes planned for the Dirty Sock 10K

  1. The world is very peaceful at 4:00 AM! That time works because it allows me to do my running while my wife and kids are asleep. That way I don't feel like I'm taking time away from them. I'm fortunate that I really like the early morning. My speed has improved with a sharp focus on performance training. I'm hoping it pays off in race day.I'm glad you ran – are you still planning to follow a 3X per week schedule? It's not a miracle if you can convince yourself that it's fun!


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