Like most runners, I can get a bit obsessed with a running shoe, particularly when the shoe just blows my expectations out of the water.  I am finding this to be the case with the new Saucony Peregrine (and I’m telling anyone who will listen).

For some time I’ve been looking for a trail shoe that doesn’t feel like I’m running with bricks on my feet.  As a big fan of the Newton Running Shoes (I wear the Distance U) and, of course, the Saucony minimalist shoes (Fastwitch  or the Kinvaras are my ‘go to’ shoes), finding a trail shoe for winter running was a challenge to say the least.  Then, as I was tweeting one day about the want to try the new Saucony Peregrines, Fleet Feet Sports — Chicago reached out to me to say they had a pair in from their buyer, if I wanted to take them for a few test runs.  Naturally I jumped at the chance! 

I have to tell you, the shoes now rarely leave my side.  Winter running or walking, slushy or rainy conditions, these shoes really are a dream.  The toe box is wide (a return to earlier renditions of Saucony shoes and a feature I’ve always loved about the shoe), the upper is lightweight cross between the construction of the Fastwitch with the overlay of the Kinvara (but water-resistant), and the sole is a beast of traction without weight.  Seriously the perfect shoe combo in my mind.

Now, you may ask, “how many times did you run in these things before writing this review?”  A LOT.  I’ve now had the shoes for a month and a half!  I am not one to jump to a quick conclusion about a shoe.  I’ve varied the terrain, the distance and even the speed for the trail of these shoes.  The only slight problem I’ve had is a pain in the outside of my right foot.  I’m thinking this is due to the fact that I’m not used to running in shoes with this much stability so my foot is adjusting. 

And, if you don’t want to take my word for it, just check out this post from Runner’s World Muddy Buddy runners reviewing their top trail shoes.

Welcome RunNerds!

Posted: June 1, 2010 in Uncategorized

Yes, this blog has been a long time coming.  I’m still working out the details — logo, community development, and content calendar — but here it is, the RunNerds Blog!

My goal with this blog is to curate content, run information, run group times and calendars, meet ups, and product reviews.

And, while I have been running for about 20 years now, my goal is to be inclusive of all levels of runner — from Couch to 5k to the Ultrarunner — so we can learn from each other.  To me, that is the point of the runner community. 

Due to a number of injuries, and surgeries, I no longer run fast but find I can run at a slower pace for a long distance.  That said, I appreciate short races (mile, 5k, 8k, 10k) as much as mid-distance (10 mile, half marathon) to the endurance runs (marathon, ultramarathons).  I hope you will share my passion for running!