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I don't run road all that often, maybe once a week for a speed workout, or an occasional 5k race. Normally I stay to the trails. I wanted to find a road shoe that was light and minimal. I got exactly what I was looking for with this shoe. I have run using minimal trail shoes (NB 110/1010) for about a year and I didn't require any extra time adjusting to this shoe. My feet feel extremely light and fast with this shoe. I highly recommend it!
This is the fourth model of New Balance trail shoes that I have owned and it ranks as my favorite. I have owned every generation of the minimus, from the 10, to the 110, and now the 1010. The 10 had no rock plate and while it was nice to have good sensitivity of what was underfoot, it could also be painful when what was underfoot was hard and pointy. The 110 introduced a rock plate under the forefoot which was a tremendous addition, but you could still get attacked by rocks at the insole. It also had much better traction than it's predecessor. The 1010 has a much better rock plate providing ample protection without sacrificing sensitivity. It also introduces a Vibram outsole which has proven to provide very good traction and durability. There have been a lot of complaints about poor durability. I have not experienced this. I run very rugged, technical trails. After four months of heavy use they show no signs of wear. I just ordered a second pair to have available at a midway aid station of an upcoming 50M ultra.
I recently bought a pair of these to replace a pair of last years split version that I had been using. A few differences that I have noticed are the gel pockets on each side at the back are larger and have two openings each vs last years had only a single opening and were noticeably smaller. The zipper pocket on this years model is smaller than last years, though I can still fit an iPhone 4s inside (albeit a tight fit). I also like that this version is shorter than last years split short. The split short felt too long and due to the split the flaps kind of got annoying as you were running. Overall a fantastic pair of shorts.
I was first introduced to Shot Bloks six months ago on an 18 mile trail run. I had previously been using GU gels. On my run I made the bone headed mistake of leaving my stash of gels in my car. I had a few in my short pockets so by the time they ran out and I realized that I didn't have any more in my waist belt pocket I was already 8 miles into my run. Fortunately my running partner had a bunch of Shot Bloks and was willing to share. I have never embarked on a long run without Shot Bloks since.
For long runs I typically prime myself right before the run with a GU, banana, a handful of dates and water. Once on the run I eat one Blok every mile and follow it with a swig of water. When it's hot and I'm sweating a lot I alternate one Strawberry (or whatever flavor), followed by one Margarita the next mile. The extra sodium in the Margarita helps maintain your electrolyte balance.
I prefer Shot Bloks over GU because they go down a lot easier for starters. GU requires a lot of water afterward, Bloks don't. Bloks also offer more calories per package. A single GU is 100 calories, a package of Bloks is 200 calories (100/3 Bloks).
I have had these shoes for six months and have logged hundreds of miles using them. I almost exclusively run trails in UT. Most of the trails are rocky and technical. I really like the rock plate in the forefoot, especially coming from the MT10. The shoe is very light weight. It breaths very well. I have been using them without socks. They shed water very well. I have crossed streams ankle deep and expected the shoe to feel soggy afterward, but it drained almost immediately after exiting the stream. The lugs on the outsole are outstanding. They provide good traction on dirt, road, and snow. The only place I found poor traction was on hard packed, nearly icy snow.
The only cons that I have experienced is that the sole started coming unglued at the heel after about 250 miles. I noticed it early and was able to repair it with shoe goo, and have had no further problems. Also since I run sockless I have had a problem with my shoes smelling terrible. Bad enough that my wife won't allow them in the house. A running buddy of mine also bought these shoes and uses socks and has had no odor problem.