Thursday, August 25, 2011

Richmond Hill Trails in Asheville, NC

Well, I got tired of waiting for the maps to show up on the various trail websites, so I created my own Trail Map for the Richmond Hill trails.  It is not to scale - does not show every twist and turn to be sure - but it should give you a general idea of the trails if you are new to them.

Basically, just follow the yellow signs and arrows for the main loop - but if you see the enticing trails that shoot off here and you'll know where they go.

Please let me know any feedback - additions, subtractions, etc...


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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Review of Merrell Barefoot Trail Glove

Recently I purchased a pair of Merrell Barefoot Trail Glove running shoes.  These are minimalist shoes that promise a barefoot experience.  I have been so happy with my FiveFingers, that I thought I'd give these a try as well. Here's my review of the Merrell Barefoot Trail Gloves.

My first reaction to them is....Ouch!  It's not an impact thing like I had with the Five Fingers at first...this is actual pain.  You see, there is a seam at the back of the shoe that runs vertical at the heel.  This seam rubbed me raw on both feet before I even ran 2 miles!  To be was the first time I've worn them.  I was wearing really thin socks also.  I've had amazing luck with running shoes over the years so this is a first for me.  I will try them again with thicker socks and hopefully that will stop the seam from rubbing.

On the good side...they are very comfortable when you first put them on and incredibly light weight.  They fit very snug in the width and actually remind me much more of my old Nike racing flats, than a "barefoot" shoe.  Originally, I was confused why the FiveFingers needed the toes...they look so weird.  However, having now run in the Merrells, it really does make a difference.  The Merrells just seem like racing flats, while the FiveFingers feel like I'm running barefoot.

As of right now, if you want a minimalist shoe with a "barefoot" experience...I would certainly recommend the Vibram Five Fingers over the Merrell Barefoot Trail Gloves.  However, I will try them some more with thicker socks as I stated above.  Perhaps after they break in, they will feel better while running.

Considering Running A Marathon. Am I Crazy?

Lately, I keep having this "crazy" idea that I want to run a marathon. Back in high school, in the 1980's, I wanted to run one...