Outdoor Running Adventures

Running in northern BC with my dog Kobi


Winter, Spring, Winter, Spring, Repeat

The title sums up the weather we’ve been having.  I even experienced both seasons simultaneously on my run on Thursday:  ice, mud and snow, oh and wind.  And it snowed again on Friday.

dog rolling in snow

Kobi doing her snow roll and slide after a run. Notice how muddy she is on the undercarriage.

Because the trails are either frozen ruts, great for breaking ankles, or a soft mess by the afternoon I actually had to run on a road.  Yes, a road!  I don’t think Kobi knew what to make of what we were doing.  She rarely runs on a leash or on a road.

Notice she was sporting her new pretty purple harness and bungee style leash?  I ordered her new accessories from Canadog.  I’m almost a Canicrosser now, almost.

Canadog Sport Harness

Kobi sporting her new purple Canadog Sporty Harness


Salomon Speedcross

Notice how my shoes match her harness?

I was quite surprised she didn’t pull as much as I thought she would on a harness.  I was kind of hoping for some help from her, but she mostly ran just off to the side slightly in front of me.  I’ll try a longer lead next time and see what she does.

I wouldn’t have worn my  purple Salomon’s had I known I wouldn’t actually be running in more mud and snow.  I would have worn my purple Kinvera’s, still a good colour match with Kobi and better for road runs.

I almost sound more concerned about matching my running attire and shoes with my dog’s accessories than actually running.  I’m not really, okay, maybe just a little bit.

Do you coordinate your running shoes with your running attire?  Do you even care?  Do you and your dog have matching accessories (if you run with a dog)?


My New Foot Candy

I received new shoes in the mail today!  Who doesn’t like new shoes and who better to share the wonderful news with than other runners who understand how awesome it is to get new running shoes.

This pair has my collection up to nine now.  Yup, you read that right, nine.  I firmly believe in alternating shoes between runs so that each pair gets a little rest. 

Because of this rule, I have 4 pairs of trail shoes (2 are on the older side so they almost don’t count), 2 pairs of snow running shoes (my Wizard of Oz Dorothy red shoes), and now 3 pairs of road shoes. 

cat and running shoes

Kato wants to be a shoe model when he grows up. He’s mostly unimpressed by all the shoes in his way.

Everyone, meet my shoes:

  1. Trail:  Asics Fuji Racer, Fuji Trainer, Saucony Kinvara TR2 (haven’t even worn these yet), Salomon Speedcross 3
  2. Snow:  Salomon Snowcross x 2 (one pair to be bedazzled)
  3. Road:  Mizuno Wave Inspire 9, Saucony Kinvara 4, and the new Wave Inspire 10

I think I have a problem, although there are likely worse problems to have.

I really wanted the Wave Inspire 10’s in a brighter colour, but white was my only choice as sizes are always limited for me.  You see, I have very large feet for a girl, more like long narrow feet.  My physio even commented on my long toes.  I translated that to mean I have yet another super power (don’t question it, just go with it). 

Because of my long skinny feet, boy’s shoes are often too wide.  Whenever I read a shoe review about a guy’s shoe and a comment is that they fit narrow I get a bit excited because these shoes may fit me and I can add them to my collection. 

Sadly, I won’t be hitting the pavement with these pretty white shoes just yet as it’s still far too mucky and snowy outside for them.  Maybe in another month.

Does anyone else out there have a collection like mine?  Please tell me there is someone else out there with an extensive running shoe collection, please…