Finally recovered from being sick, I was able to try out my new running shoes this morning on this 3.3 mile loop. Weee!
These kicks came to me courtesy of my good friends at RunWorldwide.com. Btw, when I say good friends, I mean personal good friends.
Here’s a little backstory:
When I was in college, I worked at Worldwide Sport Supply for 3 years. It’s a family owned and run company, and I was lucky enough to work side by side with the 2 brothers who ran the show: TJ & Andy. These dudes rock. I came in to help them with marketing for their vollyball and wrestling business, and when I learned they were thinking of launching a running site I freaked out. PERFECT!
I was with them through the naming, designing, launch, first customer purchase (it was a pair of socks!) and growth. We worked hard to bring the best to the running community, partnered with Soles for Souls to donate shoes on a regular basis, and even sponsored the Winelgass Marathon in our first year:
Since leaving college, sob, I still keep in touch with TJ & Andy all the time. If I could move their office to NYC I would.. I secretly scope out real estate when walking around the city (TJ- c’mon now, I think it’s time).
SO– about once a year the guys send me a pair of kicks to keep up my habit and I’m a lucky girl :).
Asics GT-2140 Trail Running Shoe Review:
- When I first put these on I noticed right away that they were very snug- in a good way. Compared to my old sneakers, these molded right to my foot from around the ankle to the tongue, and it felt nice.
- The sole also melded to my foot as I walked and ran, allowing for a more natural flex in my sole.
- There was noticeably less cushioning at the base, which I think is what lent itself to the shoe feeling more close to my foot, but it also definitely allowed the pavement to feel more harsh when I hit it on stride.
- I got a decent sized blister on the arch of my right foot about 1.5 miles in, and by the time I was on the way back I was underpronating because it really hurt. Dammit. I have high arches and most shoes don’t come close to giving me enough support, so perhaps these do.. but I don’t have any skin built up against the friction there. I think in time it’ll be fine.
Overall, I like them alot. I’ve only run in them once, so we’ll see how it goes and I’ll do a follow-up after some time on the wear.
Nothing’s better than new kicks. Are you with me?