As you may know, most of my running is done on some sort of paved surface, hence the name. But I really do love trail running, and no, I’m not changing the name. I’ve done a few 50ks and signed up for my first 50 miler which is happening the first weekend in December (less than 20 days as of this post).

Here is something you may not know. All of my trail races have been done in my regular road shoes. I’ve never had an issue with it before and have always thought “I really should get a pair of trail shoes.” I’ve always been hesitant to get a pair because I run in high stability shoes and am always concerned that in the later miles, my IT will scream at me.

I expressed these concerns to the team over at Mizuno, as I am a member of the Mezamashii Run Project, and was allowed to try out one of their trail shoes that helps runners with moderate over pronation.

Mizuno Wave Cabrakan 3 Trail Running Shoe

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Over the weekend, I decided to put them to the test on the actual course of my 50 miler, the Marin Headlands just north-east of San Francisco.

I took them out for just under a 12 mile run with an elevation gain of just over 2,100 feet. The 50 miles will include an elevation gain of over 10,000 feet, so this was close to 20% of what I can expect.

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Just under 12 miles with a 2,100 ft. elevation gain.

  • I quickly noticed the traction on the shoes. There is definitely a difference between the grip on road shoes and trail shoes, which makes perfect sense when climbing up and down mountain sides. It also added some confidence in my foot plants knowing I didn’t have to be “too” concerned with slipping and sliding.
  • The weight of the shoe felt lighter (compared to my road shoes), but turned out to be the same in terms of ounces. The most important thing was that they didn’t feel “heavy.”
  • I had no issues with the fit. I kept them the same size as my road shoes and was able to log almost 2.5 hours with no issues.
  • This will be an ongoing review, so please follow along over on twitter or instagram for more info and photos using the #mezamashii tag.
  • Overall, I was extremely pleased and glad that I gave them a try. I’ll definitely be logging plenty of trail miles between now and race day to make sure that I’m comfortable in them.

I’m anxious to see how they do on a longer run this weekend (20+). If all goes well, I may find myself having a “brilliant run” on race day.

I was not compensated for this post. I was given a pair of the Mizuno Wave Cabrakan Traril Running shoes to review, and all opinions are my own.

Do you have a pair of road AND trail shoes?

Have you ever run in a pair of Mizuno shoes?