Reebok One Cushion Shoe Review & Giveaway

To help me train for the Tufts 10K, Reebok sent me a pair of their new Reebok One Cushion shoe which I’m loving more and more with each run!

The Reebok ONE Cushion is part of a whole new collection Reebok is in the middle of launching that I’m super excited about! I can’t wait to see what else they have in store for the future but first a little bit about the Reebok One Cushion.

Reebok One Cushion

The first thing I noticed about the shoes is that they’re bright (don’t worry, they do have more muted colors but I love me some neon in my life after wearing the black, grey and neutrals to work)! A nice wake up for when it’s cold outside and the sun has barely peaked out yet. They looked a little bulky but they’re actually quite light at 7.7 oz for women and 9.9 for men (similar to my Waverider 16s for reference). The shoe also runs wide enough for those that need it but narrow enough for tiny feet like mine. I wear a size 7 usually and I could have gone down half a size but it wasn’t major deal if I didn’t since my feet tend to swell up a bit after 3 hours of running. My foot first felt loose in the shoe but after I tightened my shoe laces, I was ready to hop, skip and most importantly run!

One Series

The Reebok ONE Cushion is built-in three zones. All of them fused together to get you anywhere and everywhere faster and injury free no matter where or how the foot lands when you run – of heel, middle, toe. The three-foam midsole, decoupled outsole, and stable lateral arch area is designed to maximize comfort and performance. Although the shoe is “cushioned” as the name implies, I found greater flexibility than expected and is perfect for anyone that craves a more natural fit in a neutral trainer. It responded quite well to my unique run like a duck gait cycle instead of trying control it.

reebok One Cushion 3

More specifically Reebok One Cushion is broken down into three functional zones:

  1. The Contact Zone – cushions the foot and absorbs shock upon landing
  2. The Midstance Zone – lightweight foam that encourages a smooth midfoot transition off of the heel
  3. Propulsive Zone – a high-rebound foam that gives runners a high level of responsiveness during toe-off.

Reebok One Zone Function

You would think that with three zones, the shoes might feel funky with one part being too soft, another too hard, until you’re more discontent than Goldy Locks, but it was quite the opposite. All three zones are seamlessly integrated together where you don’t notice any discomfort at all as you run besides a smooth run!

Reebok One Zone Fusion

I found them to work great for my short treadmill speed workouts such as the one I did when I only had 20 minutes to spare in between working:

Tufts 10K trianing

or my longer medium range (8-10 miles outside)

Reebok One Morning Run

The only hiccup I had with the shoes were the shoelaces. They kept untying so I had to triple tie them to make sure they don’t come undone.

Reebok One Cushion 2

Overall it’s a great neutral shoe that has happily joined into my normal shoe rotation program (I use different shoes because I believe it makes my shoes last longer.)

And because I loved the Reebok One Cushion shoes so much, I asked if they would mind giving a pair out to one of my readers, which they kindly agreed to! To enter: visit Reebok One Cushion website to learn even more about the shoe and comment back here on which color you would pick if you won. Additional chances to enter will option up afterwards. Contest will run through midnight on Friday night. U.S. residents only.

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*Disclaimer: I was provided with these running shoes by Reebok, free of charge through my ambassadorship with FitFluential. I was not compensated for this review. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own!

Becoming #SpartanStrong as I #LiveWithFire

Although new to Reebok, apparel, I’ve been a devoted fan since October of last year when I got the chance to run with them for the Tufts 10K in some awesome gear.

Tufts 10K Reebok Gear
Also, the only race photo of me I truly love, so I plug it whenever I can 😉

Which on a side note registration is open for 2013 at $40 for 10K all women race.

Okay enough about the good old times and now back to the present.  So when I was presented with an opportunity to run the Spartan Sprint Race with Reebok through my affiliation with Fitfluential, I did not dare to hesitate!

What is the Spartan Race?

“Spartan Race is an international obstacle racing series with three levels of courses: 3 mile Sprints, 8 miles Supers (Olympic Distance) and 10 – 12 miles Beasts (Ultra Distance) where you will run, jump and crawl your way over a dozen or more obstacles put in your way!”

I’ll be participating in the 3 mile sprint in Tuxedo, NY with a dozen or so obstacles, which makes it about a quarter mile run before my limits are tested each time.

This won’t be my first time at the rodeo, or Spartan ring in this case.  I did a sprint back in 2010, way before I realized I was a running addict. I was training for some of my first 5Ks back then.  And of course, Tony was there with me! <333 See Tony, you were there from the beginning of my running addiction, you could have stopped it back then, so this is all YOUR fault. <33
Spartan Race

I know we look a little too clean for a couple that crawled through mud and ran through fire, but it was 90 degrees, we ran a noon heat and there was a run through water obstacle that we went back to as soon as we finished running to clean and cool off in.

It kicked my butt! And arms and legs and every muscle in my body. And I’ve avoided obstacle courses for a few years.  However, now with many more miles under my legs, and many more falls and bruises on my knees, I am ready to return.

Reebok has also provided me with some awesome gear that I’ve been training in.  My training hasn’t been as obstacle focused as I want since I am still focusing on my trail 50 miler as my main goal but if running for 12 hours on a New England trial doesn’t get me in Spartan shape, then I don’t know what will.  Although I still have this fascination with CrossFit that I’ve been too cheap to look into.

I got outfitted with two pairs of shoes, the Reebok Zig Carbon and Sublite Duo Run. When I first saw the Zig Carbon shoes, I really couldn’t imagine walking in them let alone anything else. Although less than 7.5 oz, they just looked so clunky and funky!

Reebok Shoes

However, they have become one of my favorite shoes to work out.  The zig-zag sole makes me feel like I’m flying when I’m doing my burpees. Yes, in order to prepare for the Spartan race I’ve been doing lots and lots of burpees.  I heard you need to do 30 of them for each failed obstacle and I’m preparing for both successes and failures on the course.

The zig-zag sole is designed for responsive cushioning, a full length carbon fiber plate for structured support in the midfoot, and a high abrasion rubber outsole for durability. Plus, I’m in LOVE with the purple and coral color!

I also got outfitted!

Reebok Shirt
I don’t know what looks worse me post 15 trail miles, or our wallpaper construction projection

The Strength ¾ Sleeve Top is from the Reebok One Collection.  It’s very soft and comfortable even when the world (or the trial in my case) feel cold and cruel.  I wish the colors were reversed a little with my black.  The white made a nice display of all the bugs I sadly crushed as I ran through the woods.

Reebok Shorts

A little dumb but the first time I wore the PWR Hot Shorts was during a rainy marathon a day after a 20 miler.  Risky, but I trusted Reebok that much based on my other experience.  If you haven’t noticed I don’t usually run or race in shorts, and prefer skirts.  I have this theory that one half of my butt is bigger than the other because one side of the shorts always rides up.  Not an issue at all during the Providence marathon!  So maybe my behind is lopsided afterall!

I was going to race in the shorts again this past weekend for my half marathon but the temperature dropped to the low 40s.  So instead I wore PWR Fitted Capri.

PVR Capri

I’m still working on the race recap, but I did PR (1:36:51).  However, I can’t seem to locate any photos in my awesome pants other then this slightly weird one of the back.  I love the STRNGTH logo!  Even though I’m not a fan of writing on my butt, this kinda works.

Overall, like everything else, I am in love with Reebok One collection.  The clothes are comfortable, fitted, really SOFT and durable!

Unfortunately the Tuxedo Spartan Sprint event on June 2nd is all sold out, so you can’t join the one and awesome Team Run To Munch but there’s plenty of future events on the Spartan Race calender. I also found a few coupon codes if you’re interested in honor of memorial day.

  • Sprint15 – $15 off any Spartan Sprint
  • Super25 – $25 off any Super Spartan
  • Beast35 – $35 off any Spartan Beast

The codes expire on Tuesday May 29th at midnight EST.

 Have you ever done an obstacle course?  

Do you have any last minute (week of) tips for me?

Tufts 10K Race Recap

First, I have a bad confession to make, when I first read about the Tufts 10K, I really didn’t think I would enjoy running with 8,000 women.  I have traumatic experience of catty women growing up and being relative tomboyish I haven’t always been a “girl power!” type of girl.  However, I was proven utterly and complete wrong.  It was amazing!

I was running with 8,000 amazing, strong, healthy, accomplished women and the best part was that I wasn’t shoved aside, knocked into, or grossed out by any man grunt and sneers like I usually am in Boston 5k/10ks.  Nothing personal men, I’m sure most of you are awesome courteous runners but something about running brings your caveman out sometimes.

Logistics

Number Pick Up was super easy and I picked mine up on Friday at CitySports.  In it came a LunaBar, some coupons/ads, and a pretty awesome long sleeve tech shirt.  Last year it was cotton so I was super excited that they leveled-up to something I could use for those chilly fall morning runs.

The Course

The route was great, starts in the Boston Public Gardens, goes up Beacon street up a slight incline for the Mass Ave bridge and then up and down the Charles River on the Cambridge side.  It wasn’t perfectly flat but it’s about as flat as Boston will get.

My Favorite Part?

The men in tuxes at water station 5!! Yes, men should always just serve women 😉

Tufts 10K Race Report

I was coming from work at an extended lunch break for this run so I was a little nervous about playing it last minute to the starting line.  The race had some cool yoga and warm-ups but sadly I had to miss those.

The only thing cooler than blurry bathroom self portraits are elevator ones!

I was very grateful to find Robin at the starting line.  Actually she found me because little sleep + lots of coffes + no glasses = blind Liana.  How blind?  I almost missed Joan Benoit Samuelson standing right in front of me!

In case you want some impressive statistics, Joan was the first-ever women’s Olympic marathon champion. Benoit Samuelson still holds the fastest times for an American woman at the Chicago Marathon and the Olympic Marathon. Her time at the Boston Marathon was the fastest time by an American woman at that race for 28 years!

Yea, I tried to run with her but about half a mile in I was coughing and gasping as I couldn’t keep up with a 6 min pace!

My original plan however was to try to keep up with Robin. The girl who just crushed her half Ironman, has a speedy record with her training runs being faster than my PRs.  My mind equated keeping up with Robin = PR.  I too lost her in the dust somewhere around 2.5 miles.

Regardless of falling into the dust of two amazing fast women I have to say I’m pretty proud of my own results

Miles 1 – 6:23 – The gun went off and I was blazing with adrenaline

Miles 2 – 6:43 – To be fair this was where the incline to the Mass Ave Bridge began

Mile 3 – 6:53 – Okay I was starting to get a little sad for not being able to keep up my speed

Mile 4 – 7:07 – I always have an inner battle mid race of any distance

Mile 5 – 7:05 – Okay so maybe my internal battle lasted 2 miles

Mile 6 – 6:57 – Men in tuxes serving water really pumped me up!

Mile 6.2 – I messed up my runkeeper but I kicked all the way to the finish line for a grand PR of:

42:54

112th person to cross the finish line out of 8,000 and 52nd out of 1,187 in my age (20-29) division,  PR CENTRAL!

As for Robin, she ran a 41:52 without even looking remotely tired when I found her at the finish line.  My other friend Ana ran her FIRST 10K at 1:03:00!  Not bad for someone who barely trained.  I wish I had time to catch up with her but after finding Tony and   my other friend Adrienne, I had to jet back to work!

The Outfit – Because you need an outfit to PR

Reebok sponsored me and a few other FitFluential ambassadors for the Tufts 10K.  In addition to allowing us to run this fun race, they outfitted us in style! A few weeks before we received Seamless Capri Tights and the Play Dry Short Sleeved Top that I have to admit I have worn religiously with each laundry cycle leading up to the 10K.  True confession again: I’m cheap and most of my running tops are tech shirts I get through races or Target sale workout clothes.  Those work but OMG the Reebok shirt is just soo soft and I love the V-neck!  I’ve been searching for V-neck running tops but the few I purchased have always scratched up my skin. As for the Capri Tights, well it’s been love ever since!  I’ve been wearing them for my recent AM pre-work runs when the sun hasn’t fully risen yet and they’re great as the weather shifts from chilly fall to sunny warm. They’re soft and even though I was a little too dressed up for the sunny weather, they dried up my sweat pretty quickly.  And they make my butt look pretty good.

And yes, anyone who knows me well knows that I wear more purple than an elderly lady so my love for the color was no surprise.  Plus #GetAfterIt is Reebok’s new campaign and I was pretty proud to be strutting the mantra for my PR.1

Thank you FitFluential and Reebok for the opportunity to run the Tufts 10K