As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not too happy with my Inov-8 Roclite 319’s right now. My ankle rolls around a bit with them (not enough stability) and I’m also questioning their cushioning since my knees hurt during my last 27 mile trail training run. I can’t really afford to buy new shoes, so I was thinking of wearing my favorite road shoes, the Brooks Beast.
That’s probably a great plan on the non-technical trail I will be running on, and I will probably through them in a drop bag just in case, but I have come up with a different option. My son’s shoes! Bear with me here, but last year I bought a green pair of Brooks Cascadia 6 trail shoes to try since so many like them. I ran in them one time and it started hurting after about 8 miles. My toes were cramped I think. I ordered size 12 like I normally do, but really it seems that I needed a 12 1/2. I sent them back. But I didn’t get a bigger size, I just got the Inov-8’s instead. Anyway, my son ran his first year of cross country as an 8th grader this year. He’s not really a runner so I needed to buy him some shoes. I bought a red pair of size 13 (he’s a big 8th grader!) Cascadia’s. That’s before I knew about cross country shoes! Honestly, as young, healthy and lightweight as he is, he doesn’t need a clunky big pair of trail shoes for cross country! I will buy him something more neutral or minimal for next year’s season if he decides to run again. He doesn’t dig running, but he did cross country just to help him with cardio for wrestling!
Anyway, I saw them in his closet and it made the wheels in my head start spinning. He got them late in the season and I bet they have less than 20 miles on them. I’ve never worn size 13, but I thought what the heck, I should try them out! My left foot, strangely, is about a 1/2 size larger than my right foot. The left shoe seems to fit perfectly. The right shoe seems big. But maybe not terrible. Plus, with an ultra I know how much your feet can swell!
Obviously, with not any experience with these larger size 13 Cascadia’s, it would be foolish to race in them. However, I have a chance to get a bit of that experience with one more trail run before the race. It’s not long since I’m tapering, but I plan on running 10 miles in the Wichita’s on Saturday. My thought is that if all goes well with them, I plan on racing the 50K in them while throwing my road shoes in a drop bag just in case.
Good idea? Bad idea? Let me know your thoughts!