Skechers Motvations to Run – My Motivation to Run

Today’s post is sponsored by Skechers. I was given the opportunity to try their shoes in support of the fight to end breast cancer. All opinions are my own.

A lot of times when we talk about running and health we tend to focus on the physical aspect of health when by now we already know it’s so much more than that. Yes, running improves your physical health. No, you don’t need to run for hours to get that benefit. A simple 30 minute walk or run a few times a week can be more than enough. Simply put, physical activity can improve your physical health.

However, I’m going to share my number one reason for running and that’s my mental health.

Growing up, I wasn’t the most confident kid. I wasn’t exactly shy, but something was missing. Yes, as puberty hits and we go through teen angst, many of us were awkward in those years. However, I always felt like I was lacking some self assurance. Something to push me to go after things I want. I was simply complacent just existing. Which is okay for a while, but looking back, it’s not how I want to live my life.

Luckily, running gives me confidence in a way nothing else can do in my day. It doesn’t matter the pace, it doesn’t matter the distance, as soon as I step outside, I feel reassured with myself and the world. It never really matters whether I’ve done a mile or 30, I feel accomplished for the day even if it’s a small part of that day. It’s probably why I can’t say any run is truly terrible, even if I didn’t meet all my goals.

The great part about running is that it can work whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert. If you’re an introvert, it’s a perfect excuse to go out alone for hours stuck inside your own head. If you’re an extrovert, well there’s so many running clubs out there, that you can talk you head of countless myself.

Yes, I call myself a runner and although it’s not an exclusive club, I say it with pride. It’s who I am and that knowledge and feeling builds confidence into other aspects of my life. Conquering physical obstacles reminds me that I can handle other challenges in my life whether it be a tough day at work or a hellish commute or a difficult person I might have to deal with. I know in the grand scheme of things, the challenges I faced aren’t as big as the challenges being faced in families with cancer, but running helps me and I hope it can help them too.

On Thursday, I took a 5 mile taper run in my new Skechers GOrun 3 – Awareness shoes. Designed with innovative performance technology, the GOrun 3 celebrates anyone who uses sports and fitness to lead a healthy and fit lifestyle. We already know that I like Skechers GoMeb for racing, so I was curious to find a shoe I can use for my easy runs and walks.

Skechers Go RUn 3 (2)

Designed for speed with innovative performance technologies to promote a midfoot strike, it fosters a barefoot running experience while offering cushioning and impact protection.

Skechers Go RUn 3 (1)

These shoes offer a good combination of support on a fairly light shoe. Additionally they also offer the following:

  • Improved breathability and flexibility
  • Roomy forefoot. 3 layer Power-prene mesh on front panel allows for support while offering ample room for toe splay
  • GOimpulse sensors offer flexibility and feedback for a responsive running experience
  • M-Strike Technology™ promotes a midfoot strike
  • Custom Fit insole is removable for an even more minimal feel
  • 4mm Heel Drop to bring you closer to a natural barefoot experience
  • Resalyte™ Midsole – Proprietary lightweight injection-molded compound with memory retention helps absorb impact
  • Nearly seamless flexible mesh upper with lace up front

Skechers Go RUn 3 (3)

Skechers Performance Division proudly supports American Cancer Society in the fight against breast cancer with a special collection of products that includes the GoRun3 and so much much more. All produces are designed with innovative performance materials and technologies and celebrates those who use sports and fitness to lead an active, healthy lifestyle.

Furthermore Skechers Performance is joining American Cancer Society in the fight to end breast cancer. Skechers Performance Division’s support will help the American Cancer Society continue to invest in ground breaking research, provide comprehensive support to people diagnosed with breast cancer, and advocate for laws that ensure access for women who need it so more lives are saved.

In addition to the “Awareness” footwear and apparel line, Skechers Performance Division supporting American Cancer Society in several ways:

  1. Skechers Performance Division is offering a donation to American Cancer Society, and all of the Skechers Performance Division Awareness apparel and footwear will feature the ACS logo and messaging.

  2. Skechers is hosting the American Cancer Society San Francisco Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, and will be donating a percentage of proceeds from the sales of Skechers shoes on-site that day.

  3. Additionally, Skechers is launching a register round-up program in Skechers Retail stores in which customers can round up their purchase to the nearest whole dollar to benefit American Cancer Society for the entire month of October. If consumers donate $5 or more, they will also receive a 20% off discount for their next visit. This will offer anyone shopping for any item in a Skechers retailer store the opportunity to give back and support the cause.

  4. Furthermore, Skechers Retail stores are offering a gift with purchase for customers who purchase a pair of limited-edition Awareness shoes. The gift with purchase will be either a breast canvas awareness canvas tote back or a pink water bottle.

So if you are looking for a really great shoe that is super comfortable, supports a GREAT cause and looks pretty cute, I suggest you check out the Skechers Performance Division line.

QOTD

What motivates you to run?

ASICS GEL-Pursue Review and Giveaway

Did I tell you that I was originally an ASICS girl? Yup, ASICS GT 2000 were my shoe of choice and for a year into my running addiction I went through several pairs because once I commit, I commit. Back then I also only ran on treadmills for 30 minutes and that’s it. Then, I randomly discovered other shoes and realized a monogamous relationship with just one shoe is completely impossible with all the different New England seasons and terrain that I run in. I’m addicted to trying new running shoes like most girls are addicted to a near pair of heels.

So when I had an opportunity to try out the new Gel-Pursue, I was immediately excited.

Out of the box I was immediately surprised and slightly delighted that they have kept their colors simple. I know, I know, I love bright colors as much as the next runner gal, but I prefer to pick them with my clothes vs. my shoes and sometimes my running skirt of choice can clash with my shoes. So there’s a pro and a con to the simple color scheme. Although, it does come with a nice purple and neon accent that matches my running socks!

ASICS Gel Pursue 1

ASICS GEL-Pursue has been awarded “Best Debut Shoe” in the September 2014 Shoe Guide issue of Runner’s World due to its equal parts cushioning and stability in a package that rides slightly lower to the ground. However, I wanted to find out for myself how comfy this shoe is.

First thing I noticed with the GEL Pursue vs. the GT-2000 series was that they removed the medial post for stability turning this into a a neutral shoe. Part of the reason why I stopped running in the GT-2000 series was the realization that I was a neutral running and that the stability post was creating an unnatural gait for me. So I was happy to see it gone. I also read that compared to the Gel-Cumulus and Gel-Nimbus, it has a slightly firmer mid-sole and more responsive ride but I’ve never ran in either of those shoes so I’ll take their word for it.

ASICS Gel Pursue 2

So far I’ve been running in these shoes for about 2 weeks ranging in distance from a 3 miler to a 10 miler. However, I haven’t had a chance yet to try them on a “long run” such as a 20 miler because of my triathlon schedule. The extra support was a nice bonus when my calves were tired from a spin class and made the easy runs extra easy on my body. The one down side of having a more supportive shoe was that I found them to be a little bit heavier and warmer than some of my more minimalist shoes. However, I’m happy to report there wasn’t much of a pace difference in my runs.

ASICS Gel Pursue

To Summarize:

The ASICS GEL-Pursue is an overall great shoe for Neutral runners that retails for $110.  I think the extra comfort is great for newer runners and distance runners who like the extra support.

The CONs

There’s only a few cons that I found with these shoes

  • They are not ideal shoes for speedwork as the extra padding made me feel a little clunky
  • At 8.7 oz, I found them a little heavy
  • Lack of color options. From what I saw online these are your only colors for women

The PROs

However, I found that the pros out-weight the cons

  • Impact Guidance System (I.G.S®) ASICS® design philosophy that employs linked componentry to enhance the foot’s natural gait from heel strike to toe-off.
  • FluidRide™ provides the ultimate combination of bounce back and cushioning properties with reduced weight and exceptional durability. So although it’s a little heavier, it works in my favor on the longer runs when I need a little more bounce in my extra miles.
  • Rearfoot and Forefoot GEL® Cushioning Systems – Attenuates shock during impact and toe-off phases, and allows movement in multiple planes as the foot transitions through the gait cycle.
  • Guidance Trusstic System® -This Trusstic System® integrates Guidance Line® construction for enhanced gait efficiency while providing midfoot structural integrity.
  • Guidance Line® Vertical flex groove decouples the tooling along the line of progression for enhanced gait efficiency.
  • Heel Clutching System™ Exoskeletal heel counter provides improved support and creates improved heel fitting environment.
  • Discrete Eyelets – Independently placed eyelets disburse lace tension, creating a customized fitting environment and enhanced upper comfort.

And here’s the good news, anything I love, I usually try to make sure I can get a pair to one of my readers and the folks at ASICs were happy to give one Run To Munch reader a pair. Giveaway will be open until Friday September 19th at midnight and is open to U.S. residents only. Good luck!

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Disclaimer: I received a pair of ASICS GEL-Pursue shoes for the purpose of this review. I was also given a pair to give to one of my readers. All opinions and writing are 100% my own. 

Mizuno Wave Sayonara Shoe Review and Treadmill Workout

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Mizuno

It’s no secret that when it comes to running road races, I’ve been loyal to Mizuno.  I’ve tried others, but nothing felt quite like home (my moving home?) like my Wave Riders.  As I’ve slowly gotten more confident about my running style and form, I’ve been looking into something lighter, smaller, but not exactly a racing flat.  I love my Mizuno Ronins, but those I save mostly for track and 5K sprints.

Boxes of my current rotation
Boxes of my current rotation

Some people collect Christian Louboutins, while I stock up on my Mizunos.  (Although if someone wants to buy me some Christain Louboutins, I probably wouldn’t complain.)

Lately, I’ve been thinking of trying to switch to Mizuno Wave Precisions since they looked smaller and lighter than my Wave Riders; so when I had the opportunity to test out Mizuno’s new shoe Wave Sayanora, “design love-child of the Wave Precision and Wave Elixir” I immediately accepted.  The Wave Precision and Wave Elixir are going to be discontinued with a better and improved model, Sayanoras!

Wave Sayonara Run To Munch

First, they are beautiful! I know that as a serious runner, its awful of me to admit, but I do partially choose my running shoes because of how they look.  I run in the Wave Rider 15s over the 16s purely because I love the colors more, even though the 16s are lighter and better.  Yes guys and gals, I rather match my running skirt than shave a minute of my PR.

Wave Sayonara Run To Munch 2

The shoes weight in at 7.1 (8.1 if you’re a guy) ounces while still keeping a 10mm drop from heel to toe. To put in perspective, the women’s Wave Rider is 8.1 oz and has a 12mm drop.  The heel/toe height is 19/9mm instead of the more traditional 24/12mm heights of the Wave Rider.  Giving you a more neutral shoe with as needed support elements.  Perfect transition to go lighter but not minimalist.  (Its okay if you are into barefoot running but for marathon distance it just doesn’t work for me).

Wave Sayonara Run To Munch Bottom
sorry the bottom is a little dirty because I run first, take photos later

Now the sole to me looks a little funky, but it’s part of the magic.  The U4ic (I know you all love it when I talk shoe jargon dirty to you) midsole delivers optimal shock attenuation, as well as durability, and provides a superior ride that is 30% lighter than AP+. The G3 sole features lightweight, superior traction that keeps you from slipping and sliding; like when it rains every time I try to run outside (it really is always raining on me).  As for that Mizuno Wave Technology we all have come to love (unless you haven’t experienced it yet, because you will love it), it’s still there to provide the perfect balance of lightweight cushioning and stability.

So how did I test ride these babies?

Wave Sayonara Run To Munch 3
18 miles outside, 2 miles on my treadmill inside

It was a Saturday, so of course I couldn’t just take them for a short ride, I took them for the full course in 85 degree weather through the humid roads of metro Boston.  The shoes made me feel like I was flying that I ran the first 10 miles at an 8 minute pace before I noticed I should grab some water to hydrate.  I was going too fast to want to stop!  But the blasting through the heat with no water caught up to me a bit as I grabbed a drink and slowed for the rest of my test ride.  My legs felt light but when my toes hit the pavement, they didn’t recoil in shock as they have in minimalist shoes.

On Monday, I decided to try them out on my other best friend, the treadmill, with one of my favorite workouts.

Progress 10K Workout RunToMunch

Tempo runs are great, but painful.  Intervals are fun but I get bored on the slow part and cut it too short.  So instead, the progressive half mile has been my favorite speed workout lately.  If you want an exact 10K, you only need to do cool off for .2 miles but I prefer a quick warm-up and longer cool off.  Also, I put the pace or MPH for reference in case you’re running on roads or the treadmill.  You can adjust the speed accordingly.

The Wave Sayonara performed just as great on the treadmill as they did on the road.  I almost felt elite as I bounced through my workout on a higher incline.  I use incline instead of speed training to prevent injury to myself but that’s a story for another post.

They will be available in the Mizuno Running Store and everywhere else July 5th and retails for $119.99.

And if you’re looking for some fun inspiration check out this awesome video!

And in case you’re wondering, I’m already planning the outfit around these shoes for my next marathon.