Trail Running {Prepping for the OC Chili Trail Run Series}

by This is Carrie on December 11, 2011

Over the past eight months, I’ve fallen deeply in love with my New Balance Minimus Road shoes. Those shoes have been with me for numerous races; from 5K’s to a half marathon to the Hood to Coast Relay. I credit a large part of my 5K, 10K, and half marathon PR’s this year to the change in running form I’ve been able to (slowly) achieve by wearing these shoes along with my Vibrams. Because of this, I was excited to try out the trail version of my favorite shoe which actually has a Vibram outsole.

I got to take my New Balance Minimus Trail Running shoes on their inaugural run this weekend as I began my training for the OC Chili Trail Run Series (who’s joining me?!). I am already in love. Beyond being incredibly comfortable, flexible and lightweight, I have never felt so sure-footed on a trail run.  It was an amazing feeling. These shoes make me excited to get back on that trail and do some more hill repeats!

Note: If you are considering transitioning to any New Balance Minimus shoe from a shoe with a higher heel, you need to exercise caution during the transition period to avoid injury.

**disclosure – New Balance sent me with a pair of Minimus Trail Shoes to review. Since I’ve loved the NB Minimus Road Shoes I purchased back in May, I was more than happy to do so. I was not compensated in any way and receive no financial benefit from sharing this product with you.  I just love them.



irunthere4iam December 11, 2011 at 10:54 pm

Glad to know you love them! I’ve been running in Vibrams and my new Inov8 F-195s, which I love. But I’m always interested in new shoes out there!

Sophie December 12, 2011 at 2:56 pm

I want to get more into trail running here in San Diego but I’m not comfortable to go alone, what is your strategie and do you have any tips on the subject… Thanks in advance.

Rebecca December 14, 2011 at 1:42 pm

Those are some good looking shoes! I’ve never run in trail shoes, never tried any on. What makes them “trail” shoes as opposed to road shoes? The road version seems like more shoe than I would like (my current kicks are the Mizuno Wave Universe 3 which are super thin and light) but the trail version seems right on. I’m not planning on trail running in the near future, would you recommend these as road shoes? Thanks! Inspiring, as always!

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