These arrived yesterday and I was keen to test them. The fields are waterlogged and muddy, so it was a good time to go out in the Challengers. Lack of sleep and the residue of the chest infection (that has plagued me since Oxford half) is keeping my runs fairly brief, but this was an enjoyable run none the less.
I’ve mostly run on roads recently, partly because I was half marathon training for most of the summer, but also because ill health has kept me close to home, and I’d forgotten how much I love trail running: that empty world feeling where you can stretch out, breathe, feel connected to trees and small creatures, huge skies and wheeling birds.
My feet got submerged several times, but the shoes seemed to drain really well so that they felt dry by the time I got home. They were steady on wet grass, soggy leaves and slick concrete. The only surface they struggled with was deep mud - but I’d read that was the case in various reviews, so I knew what to expect and so slowed down and proceeded with caution.
It was only a little run - two and a quarter km - but it took me across soggy fields, down an unexplored twisty, narrow footpath that ended in somebody’s garden. Then back through the wet fields again onto road, that was flooded halfway across.
Altogether a lovely run, though brief, and a delightful experience of the shoes.