Shoe Review: Salomon Speedcross 3

So I live approximately an hour north of Toronto. This gives you a pretty good idea of the kind of winter running conditions I’m often faced with (ugh). To be completely honest in previous winters I have been an utter and complete wimp when it comes to venturing outside (note: this doesn’t make me any less of a runner…just a wimp). Winter for me has traditionally been hibernating in my basement with the warmth and safety of my treadmill. There was something about this year though and I was (am) determined to keep most (if not all) of my miles outside. Likely for a few reasons but primarily because the transition back to the road in the spring can be discouraging at best (treadmill miles just are not the same). My treadmill is also about 10 years old and on its last legs….she probably deserves the respect of retirement.

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So lets just say that it didn’t take me long to realize that my shoes were just not going to cut it outside on the snow, slush and ice. I turned to the advice and knowledge of the running community and lots of people advocated for putting screws in my shoes.

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Just drill 9 to 12 small holes in your shoes and insert 3/8″ hex head screws….it’s that easy….um no!

I was desperate and actually tempted but opted instead to visit my local running store. When I asked if there were any alternate options or if they would suggest the screws they looked at me like I had lost my mind. She suggested a trail shoe and assured me that this would get me through any winter conditions. I left with a pair of Salomon’s Speedcross 3 trail shoes….and love them!

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Disclaimer – I am not an official shoe reviewer by any means (as you will see) but here are the reasons I was not disappointed with my purchase…

1. Great traction – as you can see these shoes have an aggressive tread and will destroy snow, slush and ice. I confidently run through everything without fear of landing on my face (or ass). They are super versatile and will transition to clear pavement with no issues.
2. Light – 562 grams…whatever the hell that means…lets just say you would be surprised how light they are for a trail shoe.
3. Water resistant – warm, dry feet are important…nuff said.
4. Comfortable- there was no breaking in necessary…they were awesome right out of the box!
5. Stylish – yes, I’m girl….kill me…they are pretty and that’s important!

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Don’t Be So Simple Sally!

I am 41 years old.  For today, this is simply a statement and not a complaint.  I won’t be using my first blog as an opportunity to dwell on my age…that is likely for another day.  However, stating my age provides context for just how long I’ve been hearing the phrase “don’t be so simple Sally”.  It was one of my mother’s favorite utterings to me throughout most of my childhood…amongst many other witty quips.  Not in an abusive, derogatory way but only to identify those moments in which maybe I was not using my best judgement skills…which in fairness to her was fairly often!  I recognize this now…that at times I can be a total ASSHAT!

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I’ve been meaning to thank my mother for what I now consider to be somewhat of a gift…my internal voice that whispers “don’t be so simple Sally” in moments of question.  Thanks Mom!

Despite this….I’m a wife.  I’m a mother.  I’m a career professional.  I’m a graduate student, I’m a hypothyroid sufferer….and YES, I’m a runner.  I am a complex and driven individual and have my mother to thank for this as well.  My blog will hopefully, with some degree of wit, detail my adventures with being a runner while trying to balance it all and at times being a total ASSHAT!