With the darkness seemingly endless right now it seems inevitable that your run will be some level of night. While I fully admit that I struggle to motivate myself to get out and run when its dark outside and the warmth of the sofa is oh so tempting, I find that once I am out I love running in the cold crisp darkness. But and it is a big but making sure I am visible and can also see where I am going is crucial especially living in a rural area like I do.
After a jam packed year of ultramarathons and testing out plenty of kit in the lead up to Marathon des Sables back in 2019 I’ve got a pretty good handle on my kit list now so thought with my races almost over for the year that I would pull together my go to kit list for the long miles ahead...
This shoe has a lot of pressure on it’s metaphorical shoulders. Inov-8 have boasted that it has 25% better energy return than other shoes, adapts & reacts to terrain and has the world’s toughest grip. Bold claims but cutting through the buzz words and sound bites does the shoes with the world’s longest name live up to the PR hype?
When I first started trail running I was told by a friend who had been ultramarathon running for years that trail running was for those who wanted to get away from the world and back to basics; away from big city marathons and the hustle of everyday life. "You blend into the trails and your worries are left behind", he once said whilst looking wistfully off into the distance. However, with a pair of the Brooks Catamounts it is pretty hard to blend in anywhere.
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