When I was first asked to take part in the Salomon XT Challenge I was wondering what kind of shoes I’d really be getting. It’s hard to argue with getting a phone because you can always find a use for it but I was worried. What if I don’t like the shoes? What am I going to say on my blog?
The truth is that I LOVE them. The truth is they may be the best trail running shoes I’ve worn. I’ve worn some good shoes but these I love for a very important reason. No foot pain. I spent most of last year on the sidelines dealing with an "unknown" soft tissue injury. My doctor said I may have lingering pain for a long time. Most of this year since I’ve been ramping up my miles I would feel slight pain from time to time but didn’t think much of it and it didn’t last.
Enter my XT Wings and the pain seemed to be gone while I was running. No joke. Is is the cushioning? The way the shoes are structured? I don’t know. All I know is that when I ran in another pair of shoes on Saturday I felt slight pain after only 6 miles. The Salomons were off for one run and the familiar feeling of earlier this year was back. I’m sold. I know what my next pair of shoes is going to be for sure.
These shoes have a superb amount of cushioning without feeling too heavy or bulky. I’m not sure how they do that. The shoes are pretty light and low to the ground with good stability for rocky and rought trails. There’s not much more I can ask for!
They will serve me well in my quest to complete 50 miles in just over a month. I have another secret weapon that will hopefully allow me to combat the elevation problem I have. The elevation is the one thing that can hold me back from finishing so hopefully my new trick will work. I won’t say what it is until after the race. The verdict is still out
Happy Running & Dirty Feet,