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First impressions…Brooks Pure Grit

I had TriSports.com special order me a pair of the new Brooks Pure Grits (they carry the rest of the Pure line). I had been running in the Brookd Cascadia’s (very happy with the 5’s, not so happy with the 6’s) prior. I have been wanting to try a more minimalist shoe so decided to give these a try.

Out of the box.

 I immediately noticed the light weight. The Grits weigh in at a hair under 10 oz., where as the Cascadia’s are just over 12 oz. The outsole is wide for a stable platform. The upper is a mesh type material. The Brooks stripe on the side is reflective for low light safety. The insole is soft and spongey to the feel. The Grits have a great fit. The toe box is wide and the heel fits snuggly.

On the trail.

 Once on the feet the “spongeyness” of the midsole disapears and has a firm feel. My first run was a 9 mile run on desert trails…dry, hardpack, rocky, sand, and gravel with 1500 feet of accending and descending. During the run my feet stayed firmly in place in the shoe. I had no blisters or hot spots. The lug pattern of the soles had great grip on the varying ground surfaces. The soles offer much more flex than typical trail shoes. The uppers left my feet cool in the late morning heat (85-90 degrees). The minimal heel drop is great for mid/fore foot runners. The split toe is actually functional as I could feel the movement it allowed of the big toe. The wide sole is very stable. Rocks were not an issue…the soles offer plenty of protection. Overall, these are one of the best trail  shoes I have worn. If they wear well this looks like my new favorite trail shoe!

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3 Vehicross’ reunite on Bull Spring Road

9 year ago I organized the first big get together for Arizona Vehicross owners. It was an off-road outing that attracted 8-9 VX owners. The trail was Bull Spring Road. Back then we thought that was a pretty hardcore trail…now after tackling some truly hardcore trails Bull Spring Road is a pretty easy, although scenic, jaunt through the desert mountains starting south of Green Valley that leads to the town of Patagonia.

So, this year I threw the invite out to the VX crowd to reunite some of the old gang and get some of the new out on an easy trail followed by some great food. Things were looking good with 9-10 people saying they would be there and another 5 or so on the maybe list. As the trip date grew nearer the bailouts started to fly…bummer. Oh well, their loss!

Sunday December 11 arrived and it was show time. I was joined at the designated meet place/time by Bob in  his victory white Ironman edition and Victor in his ebony with Prashant riding shotgun. My wife accompanied me in my ebony.

We rolled onto the trail with the temperature climbing into a near perfect 70 and the sun shining. We had a great view of Elephant Head to our backs.

Our first stop was the Glove Mine. We were fortunate enough to have access to the mine for a little exploring. Bob gave us a tour through the dark shafts and educated us on the history.

From there we climbed through the desert mountain landscape and had several opportunities to catch a glimpse of Whipple Observatory perched on top of Mt. Hopkins.

We made a stop at the ruins of the old post office which during the heights of the mining boom was home to some 1000 P.O. boxes for the miners.

From there it was a short jaunt into the town of Patagonia and the tires hit pavement again.

Lunch called for a stop at the Velvet Elvis for some great pizza of the likes you will find nowhere else.

After lunch Bob parted ways. Victor tailed me for the scenic way home through Sonoita and Box Canyon. Then the day drew to an end with me heading home and Victor heading up I-10.

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Bring the pain!

Tomorrow morning I start the 4 day Accelerate3 athlete training camp. 4 days of mega-mileage fun on the bike, in the pool and running the trails of Tucson. The weatherman says good weather…until Sunday when the temps drop and the rain moves in.

Tucson Mountains, Mount Lemmon and Kitt Peak will all be conquered!