9 miles this evening, half road and half trails.
I got to try out a pair of Hoka One One Stinsons today (a friend left a pair for me that's too small for him on my doorstep this morning). I felt like I was running on a cloud. These things are plush! The best comparison I can think of is the difference between walking on a trail versus walking in snowshoes in soft powder snow. But they felt fast! I had to check my speed constantly, even at 8+ miles... I looked down a half mile into my run and I was cruising at an 8:00 mile pace (I was supposed to be in the 9:30-10:00 pace for this run). My legs still don't really feel like I did anything like 9 miles. The shoes are at least a half size too big for me, so I might have to find a pair of 9.5s and 10s to try!
Those are so bizarre. I've seen a few people wear them and read a couple race reports with people that wore them and they all love them. They look like you'd break an ankle being 3-4 inches off the ground and rolling off rocks. Did you run on any technical single track or bridle trails (rocks, roots, mud) or mainly groomed or hard pack with them? I'll admit some curiosity to try them because most all reviews are positive, they just look goofy. Maybe I'll get to try some one day. Cascadia's get some high praise as well and I've never worn them either.
I'm an Inov-8 guy when it comes to trail shoes for anything technical or muddy. I'm hitting a less technical (very few rocks) and dry trail this weekend and will run with the Asics Fuji racers or Montrail Fluidflex. The Montrail are pretty soft and a nice ride but have very little protection from anything technical. The Fuji's are closer to a road shoe with some better protection. Both are pretty light.