I have to tell you, the Altra Superior trail shoe is one of the most comfortable shoes I have ever worn, straight out of the box. This is a pretty "minimal" shoe, meaning that it doesn't have a whole lot of cushiony midsole, and the "drop" or the height of the shoe from heel to toe is "zero", meaning that it is flat across the shoe from tip to tail. I originally purchased the shoes to train in once or twice a week, for some foot strengthening and to work on my stride efficiency. They are so comfortable and I am running so well in them now, I'm pretty excited to be in the process of transitioning to them as my standard shoe.
What does zero drop mean? For some, who have been used to running in a standard running shoe (which can be about 12mm of drop) it can be a tough transition. I have been running in the Hoka One One Mafate and Stinsons for about three years, so for me the transition took about a month, running only 30 miles per week. For those not familiar with the Hoka, it has about a 4mm drop and a very thick midsole. (See comparison photo below.)
|Hoka Mafate 2 (left), Altra Superior (right)|
As for being an ambassador, I will be wearing an Altra shirt and visor or hat as well as the shoes, and basically saying nice things about them at the races I participate in and volunteer at. I'm honored to be named an ambassador for such a great product ~ I feel like I have been recognized for my participation and dedication to trail running (over the past 14 years!) which is so much more than winning races and being on a podium ~ to me there is such a strong sense of community and camaraderie with trail running. Being able to support a great product and talk about it at races with other participants will be very rewarding for me. One thing you can count on, I never endorse a product that I don't believe in. I rarely get "free gear", so the gear that I do invest my money in, I hope that it will work for me. If it doesn't work for me, I spend my money elsewhere.
|Altra Superior shoes with Kahtoola microspikes,|
out on the Rail Trail in Park City
|Rail Trail, Promontory, Park City, Utah|
I am a member of the Wasatch Speed Goats Mountain Racing Team again this year, and am looking forward to swapping stories with my team mates about the races we have planned for 2013. I'm really looking forward to my running season in 2013. I plan on volunteering at Wasatch 100 and the Antelope Island fall races again this year.
Events I am planning on running in 2013:
Buffalo 100, Antelope Island, Utah ~ March 22
pacer at Bryce 100, Bryce, Utah ~ May 31
Bighorn 100, Sheridan, Wyoming ~ June 14
volunteer Speedgoat 50k, Snowbird, Utah ~ July 27
El Vaquero Loco 50k, Afton, Wyoming ~ August 10
|Couldn't resist adding this one ~|
the dogs and I walked to Starbucks for a
coffee and a snack. Don't let them fool you ~
they enjoyed every minute of it!