Good Content from: Marcy Schwam, Saucony Ambassador

It’s summer, the time of year when we transition from muddy trails to dry, dusty and loose terrain. Depending on where you train, summer terrain can differ quite a bit from spring. As we shed our cold-weather apparel in favor of lightweight, breathable materials, we start to feel lighter and free as well.

Summer is also the time to prepare for race season … oh, wait … summer race season is canceled. What do we do? Disappointment sets in when we realize that we aren’t going to put our bodies “to the test.”

But let’s look at some options:

  • We can build up greater distance now that we have more time to train.
  • We can go to greater heights and add in more hill workouts and vertical distance.
  • We can work on our speed and improve our efficiencies.

All is not lost! Just new goals and a new approach to trail running, minus the event.

Fortunately, Saucony’s new trail footwear covers all your bases.

For our Mad River TR fans, we introduce the Mad River TR 2:

Perfect for trail-running adventure seekers, the Mad River TR 2 is a fast, grippy trail warrior designed with unique customizable features in an even more comfortable package. The updated model features springy PWRRUN cushioning for a soft underfoot feeling that’s as durable as it is light.

This highly adaptable model is great for all types of terrain. The natural foot strike design allows for a very comfortable anatomical footbed that can keep up with long days on the trail. The upper of the Mad River TR 2 is completely new; the lightweight breathable material delivers enhanced protection in high abrasion areas. Running long uphill stretches? Bombing down steep mountains? No worries! The Mad River TR 2, like its predecessor, incorporates a second line of eyelets for endless lace configurations and the perfect fit no matter your choice of terrain.

For trail runners looking to get to their destination fast, we introduce the Switchback 2:

The Switchback 2 uses the new and springy PWRRUN+, an expanded bead TPU midsole. The outsole moves to 3mm lugs and offers a woven, braided flexible rock plate. The sole’s toothy lugs made of PWRTRAC tacky rubber were designed using pressure-mapping data to give you grip exactly where and how you need it.

The new sock-like upper is a shroud design and the BOA lacing system moves from the top of the foot to the side of the foot for more comfort, support and protection.

Combine this new line up with the Peregrine 10 collection and you can rock the trails all summer long.

Remember to train smart, vary your workouts and most of all #RunForGood.

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