What shoes do you wear?

skecher GoRun2 skechers backskecher bottomHey you out there! What shoes do you wear? I have tried on quite a few pair of shoes in the past couple years. Recently, I had a strong urge to try out the Skechers GoRun2. I must admit that like many runners out there I was a little skeptical at first but my past two weeks experience has totally changed my view! I do have a fling with bright color shoes (don’t ask) so most of my shoes are either red or something really bright like the one seen here.

According to Skecher’s, the Go Run2 Men size 9.o was weighed in at approx. 6.7oz with a heel-toe differential of 4mm. I could totally feel the lightweight as I took them out from the box. It was kind for the company to include two sets of shoe laces (orange and yellow); both were the flat type. Prior to taking them out for a spin, there were few things that drew my attention. First, I noticed the use of combination of fabrics on the shoe. Very thoughtful indeed! The interior is lined by a smooth microfiber like material, one that is suited for those sock-less runners out there! Of particular mention, the insole is designed to be removable for those looking for a more minimalistic feel. Both sides (exterior) of the shoe are lined with a tougher plastic/rubber like material, providing extra protection for your feet. Lastly, the toe box and the heel areas are of the same mesh flexible material, allowing the toes to flex easily and minimize chaffing on the ankle.

I have probably put on a little over 120miles on them now. I do have a wider toe box, so I have in the past looked for shoes that would suit my need. As mentioned above, the flexible mesh material was particularly comfortable for my toes to move around during those long runs. The support was great as well and it was particular evident as I raced downhill for about a mile at approx. 5:50min/mile pace. I did not notice any hot spots or chaffing. Most people talked about the lug in the middle. I didn’t find that too apparent or bothersome for me. Perhaps, it was more so in the first generation. These shoes are definitely designed for mid-foot strikers, so heel strikers beware! My only concern would be the foam like material used on the bottom of the shoe might not hold up for too long. But again, a lightweight shoes as such weren’t probably designed to last like those traditional runners. For those who are concerned with durability, I’d suggest to get an extra pair to reserve for speed training and race day.

Overall, I really enjoyed running in them and would definitely race in them for my upcoming 10k, Half, and even Full marathons!

My next shoes will be the GoMeb. I’ll try to post some feedbacks as soon as I received them! [contact-form][contact-field label=’Name’ type=’name’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Comment’ type=’textarea’ required=’1’/][/contact-form]

Great recovery tip!

I got this great recovery tip from my massage therapist and thought it’d be helpful to you all runners out there! I find that no matter how conscious you are with your running forms the body is still subjected to various levels of beating the grounds leading to aches and sores on the joints and muscles. Here’s a great tip that I’d like to share! As you shower after that long run, run warm water on affected area for 3min and cold (about 15 Celsius difference) for 30sec. Repeat for three times and massage the affected area at the same time! It certainly worked well for me and hope this’d work for you too!

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I Will Run for a Good Cause: FALL 2013 RUNNING GROUPS

Starting in Fall 2013, I Will Run launched a new meaningful theme and mission “I Will Run for a Good Cause”, one that aims to promote positive impacts in our community as we stroll through the beautiful city of Vancouver bearing in minds of those who are needy and less fortunate surrounding us.

I Will Run For A Good Cause will support by donation to local charitable organizations that are creating positive changes in the city. The program continues to remain free of charge as it was since inception and shall never incur any program fees for its participants. In order to carry out and sustain our new mission, all participants are encouraged to contribute a minimum donation of $50/program to our featuring organization and provide a donation receipt as a proof for registration (Please see form in“Registration” )

We will show our support to Mission Possible, “a Christian humanitarian agency that transforms lives by helping those challenged by homelessness and poverty achieve a renewed sense of dignity and purpose through meaningful work.” To learn more about Mission Possible, please kindly visit www.mission-possible.camissionpossible-logo

Please kindly proceed to “Registration” now and on behalf of Mission Possible thank you kindly for your donation in advance.


Route Loops: Need a new running route?

Are you bored with the same old running or biking routes? Try this website (also found in Iphone app store) http://www.routeloops.com/  This site/app allows you to enter your starting point or detected by GPS of your current location  if you are using a GPS enabled smartphone and create a running/biking route according to your entries (e.g. mileage, direction, & etc).  One of the gliches found in this application is that the mileage projected on the map is about 10% less than the entered value.  A quick easy way to address this problem is simply by entering a slightly larger value.  Have fun running!