3/3 run 26 mins one loop of Sal's Branch @ Umstead in New Balance Trail Minimus (MT10) no socks no tape
HR avg 169 max 183
Today was my first run in the MT10 aka New Balance Trail Minimus. I put in about 2.6 miles on one of my favorite trails, Sal's Branch. This is a shorter trail with rolling elevation changes and some roots and rocky areas. The sides of my big toes started to rub enough toward the end that I would probably be in bad shape if I had gone another half mile. I also had some rubbing on the back of my right heel. I'm going to wear a pair of my Injinji socks next time and see if this will cut down on some of the hot spots. I'd like to be able to go without socks, but I don't want blisters either. Otherwise things went pretty well, except for the rock or root I must have stomped on. Overall pretty good protection for the number of other roots and rocks I did step on, including the portion by the lake that is like a giant rock driveway on a downhill slope into a hairpin turn. I think it was around this portion of the trail that one made it's way through, creating the photo op above. Compared to the MT101, I could definitely feel the whole shoe and especially the forefoot flexing and spreading around me as I would plant my foot on each step. It was a very different feeling, especially on the downhills at first kind of scary but I never had any slipping issues. I'll do my long run in my MT101's on Saturday and use the MT10 again for my track repeats on Tuesday.