Getting ready for a key race in the new year is both an exciting yet daunting task. For one, I’m eager to find out if I can become a better and smarter runner, as the years whiz by. Daunting because you’ve to rev the engine up again getting back into training mode.
I’ve at least narrowed down my favorite shoes to the following few. Admittedly they’re more shoes than what the average runner has but having 8 pairs on rotation are the norm for me! I’m spoiled I’ve backup shoes, wet weather shoes, shoes for regular running, shoes for speedwork, and shoes for easy days.
Over the years, running shoes have gotten very good across all categories from racing flats to highly cushioned trainers. More often than not, choosing a favorite, or several, comes down to personal preference be it in terms of responsiveness, weight, cushioning properties, and of course fit (from the heel right down to the toebox room). Between the courtesy shoes that I receive for sampling and those that I purchased, I can safely say that the ones below are those that regularly find action.
Here they are in no particular order, including their ride characteristics and mileage logged. And yes, there’s no such thing as a perfect pair of shoes.
Performance (general training, HM and FM racing)
Racing (track, up to HM)
With all the gear I ever need in place, all that needs to be done are, well, all the running.
My reviews of the shoes mentioned here are posted in the review section of the blog.
Our collective mission: Increasing the number of marathoners in this country!
As a role model to this person, you should be able to recognize the symptoms of overtraining, injury and lack of motivation. In fact you should take pre-emptive actions to prevent those setbacks from happening in the first place. A few suggested methods are to have the person start a blog to document his journey and have regular group runs. You should share your experiences with your protege including tips on gear, diet, rest and common mistakes committed by marathon newbies. Don’t forget to warn the newbie on the pitfalls of setting a finishing time for their debut marathon. You’re encouraged to work with your protege to set *S.M.A.R.T. progressive goals leading up to the objective – the 2015 Standard Chartered KL Marathon.
This provides sufficient time for the newbie to be comfortable with the shorter distances and gain valuable confidence leading up to the big one. In order to safeguard against attrition or drop outs, it is suggested that you plug yourself and your charge into a group training setting. There are many running groups out there which will welcome you.
This message will not self destruct after reading. Instead you’re most welcome to link to it and spread the word amongst your marathoner friends, so that there will be more virgins out on the roads of KL come October next year!
The following objectives also count toward your Mission Credits:
*S.M.A.R.T. – Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timebound
This post will hopefully temper any excess excitement, over-confidence and over-optimism the newbie marathoner-to-be may be harbouring approaching an undertaking that has the potential to change their lives.
So relax and let me tell you about my maiden marathon experience back in 2003. Mind you, I’ve not led a sedentary lifestyle prior to my debut. I’ve internalized much of the running lore having built my passion since the late ’80s and ’90s. I worship heroes of yore like Douglas Wakiihuri, Juma Ikangaa, Ibrahim Hussein, Steve Spence, Bob Kempainen, Bill Reifsnyder (sporting cool Oakleys!), Joan Samuelson, et al. I’d already harboured dreams of running New York (yay, done it!), London (one day!) and Boston (this one is tricky but if there’s a will…). For my first, I selected the friendliest race for debutants and one that’s not in this country to add on a little bit more incentive and excitement. I needn’t look far – just across our southern border. Back then New Balance was a sponsor Singapore Marathon and the race wasn’t that big a monster it is today. That was decided and I was to travel with the Pacesetters contingent.
Being a rookie, I settled for a 4-month program (after running my 10th (as at Apr 2010), I know now that that’s too long for me, more of that later) and other than the periodic run-ins with Lawrence who was also training for his first, I was doing my weekday training including the 13 milers alone. I found Lawrence’s regimen too difficult and volumnous to follow but in reality I was being a softie. I also took rest days a little too liberally. As you can well see, there were already so many mistakes mentioned in this paragraph alone!
Because I was training alone, I was always going to be slacking. Missing runs didn’t gnaw on my conscience. The longest run I managed in the lead up was a single 28K, and I was struggling like crazy to complete it. I couldn’t even run non-stop for the 28K. My taper period was way too long at 3 weeks, which would’ve been fine had my work rate been high and intense. But I was under-training.
It was ridiculous, thinking back on my mistakes:
But despair not! Newbies these days are smarter and will avoid committing most if not all of the mistakes I made. Simply because today there’s a proliferation of online communities and blogs of experienced runners. The mistakes have all been made and well documented. You just need to avoid the pitfalls and stick to your training plan. Information are readily available – which is why I strongly encourage newbies to blog about their experience for other newcomers. My online resources then were basically limited to U.S. sites like RunnersWorld, Jim2 and Ultrarnr which will providing a wealth of information, don’t provide tidbits in the local context. I relied on Gavin Bong’s Malaysian Runner for tips. Whatever I learned and experience I posted on my website. You can just dig through the Archives to read about it, starting with this one and this one. When you’re tapering read this post.
Technological advancement will also make the task of crossing the finish line slightly easier. I say “slightly” because you still need to do the training, running past the pain threshold, managing the Wall well and sticking to a sensible raceday plan. Compression tights and advanced sports drinks weren’t the norm in 2003. I’m not saying that these aids will work for you or will guarantee a great race experience. Hardly. But at least you have options.
As newbies, you’re definitely better placed to complete your first marathon than I had. Link yourselves up with fellow debutants and support groups, and pick up tips from veterans. Training in a group can’t be beat. Team dynamics will ensure the level of motivation is maintained and a sense of camaraderie that we’re all in this together. Someone once mentioned, “Done alone it’s 42K, but together it’s a marathon”. Running a marathon ought to be something you really want to do for yourself. It shouldn’t be based on peer pressure or that it’s something you need to step up to after doing a certain number of shorter races.
When seeking tips from vets, don’t only focus on the obvious questions. Ask questions, and don’t be shy. Have you asked about how to manage your toilet duties while running? How about best way to treat black toes and preventing sore nipples? Or best type of briefs or bras to wear? Just ask the vets and they’ll be ready to share.
I completed my maiden race thoroughly disappointed and angry. I’d started to walk by the 25K mark. My legs were hurting so badly since my Mizuno Precision 3, a lightweight trainer, wasn’t giving the protection a slowpoke like me needed. I can race the marathon now in racing flats but not then. Strength and speed needed to be developed, and I was hardly race ready. I knew that but still made textbook mistakes. Finishing 5:40 was a chastening, if forgettable, experience. The only positives were that I didn’t lay off the marathon. I also made many new friends and resolved to approach my next one in a better way.
I hope this post makes sense to you, the newbie, and doesn’t come across as being preachy. All the resources that you need to run perhaps the most meaningful race in your lives are available to you. In a few weeks’ time you’re going to be toeing the line, confronting your own demons and killing them. It’s up to you to know what you want and stay the course. Fall back on group dynamics to carry you on. Be realistic and never underestimate the distance. At the same time, never underestimate your abilities. Don’t forget that after crossing the finish line, to come back for more!
Note: This is a re-post from April 2010, with minor updates for relevance. As we start off on a new year, many will be attempting their first marathons. Hopefully this post will set the newbies on the correct approach.
This year’s Chiang Mai Marathon (CMM) was the 9th running of the event, located in the popular northern Thailand city. It has been at least 6 years since I last visited the country with Bangkok and Phuket being the only 2 other spots I’d stepped foot on. December is typically the most expensive month to visit Chiang Mai but I managed to lock down the flight (RM830 return) and hotel (RM95 per night) bookings early, I didn’t have to break the bank for a very short running holiday to close off the year. The plan was to arrive on Saturday, run the race on Sunday and return on Monday. In hindsight, I made the right call as I was too ill to really enjoy the trip.
My hotel of choice was the Amora, just a stone’s throw from the historic Tapae Gate where the race start and finish were supposed to have been staged. However, the plans of the organizers were disrupted due to the presence of the many street vendors occupying the large open space at the gate. Just days before the race, the start and finish were moved to the Three Kings Monument 800m away.
The flight from KL to Chiang Mai took less than 3 hours but even that was enough to drain me. The Chiang Mai International Airport is located near to the Old City making the commute from the airport to the hotel a quick affair, even with the gridlock. My ride into town was an airport cab, a Mitsubishi Pajero (160 Baht). Once checked in, I wasted no time in meeting Nick, who had kindly collected my race pack on my behalf. A quick lunch of Pad Thai and I was back to the hotel to get myself organised.
The evening was not as cool as I’d expected when we hooked up again for dinner. Instead of the hosted dinner, we opted for a safer one at the Black Canyon cafe along the way. Incidentally Lynn and Pat were there as well.
By 8pm, I was back in the hotel laying out my gear. I wasn’t in the right frame of mind to race and my preps pretty much reflected it – 4 gels (just enough to survive), GCAM singlet, shorts, cap, sunglasses, and the GORun 4. It was lights out an hour later. When the alarm sounded at 2:45am, I had only an hour’s sleep. The bed and pillows were great but I struggled with a bloated stomach, general malaise from the meds and flu throughout the night.
I contemplated not running but thought that perhaps just getting myself to the start line will improve the way I was feeling then. I could always stop if I didn’t feel good, I further rationalised. I had 100 Baht tucked away in my pocket just in case I needed a ride back. Breakfast was a cinnamon roll, 3/4 of a Clif Bar and a cup of black coffee before stepping into the cool morning to link up with Nick at 3:30am, the benefit of staying close to the start. A 4-minute short jog and we got to the staging area. I checked in a small bag before doing some half-hearted warm-up routines.
We didn’t have to wait long though. With the traditional drummers keeping a rhythm, we were let off at 4am. The streets were quite narrow and there were some jostling for some space when out of the blue Luc ran up from behind, which entirely surprised me. What was a sub 2:50 marathoner doing in the middle of the pack?! Apparently Chiang Mai was his 3rd marathon in 3 weeks and with that revelation, he promptly dropped off and went back to his hotel! I was left on my own pretty much after that. Nick had, quite rightly, disappeared in the crowd and somewhat dimly lit streets pursuing his goal pace. It wasn’t that much of a struggle for me and my pace comfortably lingered around 5:50 region in the early stages. I was still puttering at that pace along the never-ending thoroughfare heading out of the Old City. The air in the outskirts was much cooler, and as I exhaled, there were puffs of mist. I found the chill to be surprisingly tolerable even in my singlet and condition.
The race proceedings started to go downhill around the 25K mark as I started to drop pace and eventually reduced to lengthy stretches of walking. I was momentarily lifted when I spotted Nick going strong on the opposite side of the road before the 30K mark, as poised as Meb, and knew it was just a matter of how much he was going to lower his PR. I thought I spotted Seow Ping too but I couldn’t be sure if it was her until she caught up and motored past me a few kilometres later. Things were going from bad to worse for me, however. My left ITB started tightening up which then led me to over-compensate using the right, which was always a bad idea. Sure enough both legs were in agony like they had just been run over by car. Despite that, I tried extending the run segment for as long as possible before the fear of snapping the damn ITB suddenly hit me (Question: can the ITB snap?). It was back to mostly walking after that. The legs held on just enough to hobble across the finish line in 4:34.06, and not a moment too soon. It was miserable. I had wanted a 4:15 despite my current state but couldn’t do it.
The collection of the post-race goodies were handled well and I got my bag quickly and limped to our agreed waiting spot where Nick and his wife were basking in a sub-4 glow (welcome to the club, Nick! :D). The McChicken sandwich was gobbled up in record time before we headed back to the hotels to freshen up. I was unable to bend my left leg as I tried to catch a nap. Turning the body this way or that caused even more pain. The area was even tender to the touch. Nevertheless I knew that I had to keep moving, which was why the lunch appointment with Nick a while later at a local eatery did me so much good. It was when I was wolfing down the curry dishes that I realised I’ve got my appetite back, which was always a good sign. It’s now 3 days after the race and the ITB pain seemed to have disappeared with only the usual muscular soreness remaining. I’ll take the remaining days of the year off running and just rest up for what’s coming next year. In hindsight, I think I’ve been racing too much this year. I’ve not been ill more than once this year until just before Chiang Mai and it must be a sign that the body is due for its long overdue rest.
I’ve had some friends asking me about Chiang Mai Marathon as they’re considering making next year’s race. Below are some of my thoughts, in point form.
About Chiang Mai Marathon
Date: Usually the weekend before Christmas. Next year’s race, the 10th anniversary, will take place on December 20th 2015. Early bird registration starts June 6th 2015.
Race pack pick up: Originally at Tapae Gate but moved to Three Kings Monument. You can easily locate these landmarks on Google Map. The organisers hosted a complimentary pre-race dinner and performance, which was a nice touch.
What’s in the pack: Bib (with timing chip) and a vest, in a draw cord bag
Drink station: Plentiful. Chilled water mostly but there are sports drinks served at 3 stations. The M-Sports drinks are very concentrated, tasted as strong as Livita or Red Bull. I diluted it on 2 occasions. Those with a sensitive gut might want to exercise some caution here.
Route: Flat mostly, with slight gradients along the highway and towards the Expo site.
Running Surface: Mix of asphalt and tarmac. There were very few potholes but I thought the surface felt very hard and could have been the contributing factor to my ITB injury.
Weather: Cool (12-20 Celcius)
Porta-potties: Other than those at the race start/finish, I didn’t see any along the route. When it was still dark, the guys had it slightly easier as there were a few spots just off the highway where there were shrub cover. By 6:30am, it was already bright and there were so few locations where peeing was possible. I had to go twice, the 2nd time in broad daylight when I didn’t care anymore. I also saw one dude who asked permission from a coffee shop owner to use the loo.
Traffic and Safety: Traffic is nuts in Chiang Mai. It’s almost true to say that people don’t sleep here. There are cars, Tuk-Tuks and bikes speeding this way and that even at 4am. The inner city sees the worst traffic. To their credit, the organizers do lay sufficient cones and have major intersections manned by the Royal Thai Army cadets and police but I didn’t feel as safe at some junctions and crossings.
Crowd support: Sparse. Save for a few who clapped at us, most are either busy opening their businesses even at the early hours of Sunday, or heading to work in trucks and Songthaews. They appeared pretty ambivalent to the runners. This is a tourist town, so the early bird catches the worm, so they say. From what I see, at least half the folks here are street vendors or run small businesses.
Post-race: Finisher T and medal, McDonald’s McChicken, AirAsia wipes and hand fan, banana, water. And plenty of smiles.
Best way to travel: AirAsia (book early as the period is considered peak)
Attractions: Temples, food, massage, nature, night markets. Most attractions are within walking distance, if located within the Old City. Also see Getting around Chiang Mai.
Kuala Lumpur, 3 December 2014 – Multi-Purpose Insurans Bhd (“MPIB”) wishes to inform the postponement of its Race to 11 January 2015 from 4 January 2015 as originally scheduled. However, the venue will remain the same at the Padang Merbuk.
Project Leader Ms. Jayne Liew comments, ‘We would very much like to continue to be known as the 1st Sunday Run of the Year but due to its being held on the same morning as the “1st Sunday Kuala Lumpur Car Free Morning” of the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (“DBKL”), we have been requested to postpone our Race in support of this environmentally inspired campaign.’
MPIB Run shares DBKL’s aspiration in promoting a greener city, reduce global warming and to add to it a car-free morning to promote community bonding. In the process, it will make Kuala Lumpur a better city with space for walking, running, biking and in general more healthy outdoor activities, at least for the 1st Sunday morning of the month.
MPIB extends its sincere apologies for causing any inconvenience and seeks understanding for the postponement. Should any registered Runner decide to opt out due to other commitments on 11 January 2015, arrangements are in place with My Race Online to make the necessary refunds by contacting email@example.com or calling +603-7491 0505 (Monday to Friday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.).
Runners running with coupon codes but unable to make it for the new Race date are advised to contact Natalie at firstname.lastname@example.org or +603-2034 9888 Ext: 7807.
The withdrawal period for both registered runners and runners with coupon codes is 5 working days (between 4 December 2014 and 10 December 2014 by 5 p.m.). The Race Entry Pack Collection details for city folks will take place as planned on 27 and 28 December 2014. However, the collection for outstation runners will only be held on 10 January 2015 instead of 3 January 2015. Despite this setback, MPIB looks forward to organising another successful community run for all ages, backgrounds and fitness levels. To be held again at the Padang Merbuk, the 4
th MPIB Run will have 6 competitive categories, namely 3 categories each for the 12KM and 9KM (a new challenge for those who participated
in the 8KM distance of the previous Run). There will also be 2 Fun Run categories of 5KM, while runners’ family members and friends who prefer something “lighter” can opt to join the 3KM walk.
The run’s Organising Committee encourages the public to make regular visits to the MPIB Run official website at http://www.mpibrun.com.my/ or its Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MPIBRun for the latest updates.
For further information, please contact:
Multi-Purpose Insurans Bhd
Jayne Liew, Marketing & Corporate Communications
+6018 201 8818 | +603 2034 9859 | email@example.com
For MPIB Run technical information / assistance, please contact:
Wan Yew Leong, Runners Malaysia
+6019 35609031 | firstname.lastname@example.org
About Multi-Purpose Insurans Bhd
Multi-Purpose Insurans Bhd, a Malaysian general insurance company (“MPIB”), is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Multi-Purpose Capital Holdings Bhd, which in turn is a whollyowned subsidiary of MPHB Capital Berhad (“MPHB Capital”), a public listed company. MPHB Capital was incorporated in 2012 and listed on the Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad on 28 June 2013. MPIB obtained its licence from Bank Negara Malaysia under the Insurance Act 1996 and provides innovative general insurance products and services customized to individuals and corporate customers. MPIB has a network of 12 branches strategically located in major towns in East and West Malaysia.
About MPIB Run
Back for the 4th year, the MPIB Run 2015 kickstarts the Malaysian running calendar on 11 January 2015. This annual community run will once again take place at the Padang Merbuk, Jalan Parlimen.
MPIB is proud to position itself as the pioneer general insurer in organising a community based public run in Malaysia in 2012. The inaugural event successfully gathered 3,750 runners, and for the 2nd and 3rd years in 2013 and 2014 respectively, 5,000 runners participated – an increase of 33% from 2012 inaugural run. MPIB hopes this is reflective of a growing community adopting a healthy lifestyle and, hence, the event is themed “Healthy
Lifestyle – Work Life Balance”, aiming to suit the community from all walks of life. During the weeks leading up to the Run, MPIB has scheduled 8 “My First Run Clinic” sessions for new and interested runners taking baby steps in the world of running. The sessions also include health and fitness related talks to furnish runners with fitness knowledge and to prepare them for the Run on Sunday, 11 January 2015.
[dropcase]I[/dropcasef shoe development can be described as a footrace, Skechers Performance have been engaging in a sprint, building iterations upon iterations at a furious pace over the past 2 years. The exercise was understandable for the then-fledgling company. They need to change the serious runners’ perceptions of the brand. Having continuously enhanced the core models such as the GORun (GR), GORun Ride (GRR) and GOMeb Speed (GS), the latest versions are their best yet. I reviewed the first version of the GR back in April 2012 and how much have the shoes evolved since then. I’ve taken the latest GR4 and GS3 for a handful of very short runs and my favorite choice is already becoming clear, even at this stage.
Note: I wear a 10, so the weight shown below are that of my size.
The original GORun was Skechers Performance first model back in 2012. Until recently, the GR3 was the best version produced in the series. Now, the GR4 looks set to continue that upward progression. Revamped entirely, the shoe looks unrecognizable. The stretchy upper, which features little chevron motifs, is now made of a single piece construction. Unlike the older versions, there are very prominent reflective strips at the heel section. There are no detectable wayward seams inside the shoe. Thin overlays crisscross the upper, some fulfilling their cosmetic obligations while some reinforce stress areas. Typical of the performance models, 2 sets of elasticated laces are provided and they run through a somewhat tight tab on the moderately padded tongue. The tongue isn’t gusseted. The heel counter is now a touch stiffer towards the back but perhaps the most obvious update is the “Quick-Fit” pull tab at the collar. Replace the stock laces with bungee cords and you have your self a tri shoe.
The Resalye midsole is more sculpted than ever. Deeper grooves sweep diagonally up and backwards lending a fast look to the shoe. The GR4 has a forefoot and heel stack height of 14mm and 18mm respectively for an overall of 4mm drop without the supplied (but optional) sockliner. In terms of softness, it has a 50 durometer midsole which leans more towards the GRR4’s 47 than the GS3’s 57. The higher the number, the firmer the shoe.
On the outsole, the changes are quite obvious too. The pods (now called Power Pillars, instead of Impulse Sensors) are now more prominent and deeper. They should be more durable but we’ll see if they’re pebble magnets. The GR4 weighs in at 7.65oz without the sockliner and 8.25oz with.
I’ve since put on a some miles in them, outdoors and on the treadmill and here’s my preliminary take. The GR4 now feels (and looks) more like a traditional shoe. There’s less sock-like feel of the GR3 and depending on your preference, that may be a good or bad thing. I’ve no particular preference as long as the shoe remains light, flexible yet provides good support and cushioning for the marathon. And the GR4 certainly has those on tap. There’s more structure in the midfoot but amount of flexibility is thankfully retained. The midfoot bump is now almost non-existent and the shoe wears like a traditional performance trainer/racer in the veins of the Lunaracer 3, but without the restrictive toebox of the Nike.
The tongue secures very well and I’ve yet to encounter any slipping and sliding. There’s a little more padding here and there but there’s been no rubbing and hot spots so far. The initial apprehension on the Quick-Fit tab rubbing on the Achilles proved unfounded since I don’t run sockless. Compared to the GR3, the 4 feels a little snug in the midfoot with a tapered front. I’m not sure if it’s just the upper re-tweak or there’s been a change in the platform. I’d strongly suggest trying a half size larger before purchasing just to make sure the tapered front poses no issues.
I’ve been experimenting the shoes with thinner and thicker sockliners and found the thinner ones to work best in providing a nice blend of cushioning and responsiveness. I’ve no complains thus far and the GR4 is following me back to Penang where I’m getting some longer runs in.
The GORun 4 will be available at all local Skechers boutiques in December.
GORun Ride 4
Other than the upper, the GRR4 remains pretty much unchanged in terms of its midsole and outsole. The upper, which has been given more whizz, no longer possess a sterile look with the color gradation providing a decidedly modern feel. As you can see, it’s also given the “Quick-Fit” pull tab at the collar. There are 2 large reflective strips on either side of the tab.
The GRR4 has a forefoot and heel stack heights of 13.5mm and 17.5mm respectively for an overall of 4mm drop without the optional sockliner. While the stack heights are very close to the GR4’s, the GRR4 possesses a softer 47 durometer Resalyte midsole which is felt largely in the heel. In terms of overlays, there really isn’t much going on topside, which is kept very simple – a strip and there, that’s about it.
The GRR4 weighs in at 8.0oz without the sockliner and 8.65oz with. I’ve not run in the GRR4 but they feel roomier than the GRR3 [review here] just walking around in them. That had me wondering a bit until I did a comparison of the 3 and 4. If you look closely, the 4 no longer sports another layer of synthetics in the front lateral and medial areas (where the pinkies are). The reduced structure no longer restricts the further splaying of the foot. I hope that won’t result in the foot sliding around too much, though.
It remains to be seen if the GRR4 has a more involving feel than its predecessor. It will, however, make for a good recovery shoe or one to pull on for a relaxing 10K.
The GORun Ride 4 will be available at all local Skechers boutiques in December.
GOMeb Speed 3
The most responsive shoe among the 3 has to be the GS3. It was the shoe which Meb wore to his 2014 Boston victory. His was obviously customized to his narrower last but in the mass release version, I’m really glad that the latest Performance Fit sports a slightly wider feel than previous versions. The GS3 definitely feels less restrictive as well with a reportedly smaller DuPont Delrin stability plate in the midsole.
Like the GR4, the GS3 also has a seamless interior. I put my hand in and couldn’t feel any rough seams or stitching. As with the other models in the same release, the GS3 has a snazzy upper with added trims and highlights which look outstanding.
The GS3 has the same stack heights as GR4 with a forefoot and heel of 14mm and 18mm respectively for an overall of 4mm. However, at 57 durometer, it’s the firmest of the lot. The GS3 with its non-removable sockliner weighs in at 7.95oz which is means the GR4 sans the sockliner is 0.3oz lighter! Interestingly the GS has grown progressively heavier with each versions: GS1 was 6.75oz and the GS2 was at 6.95oz. The GS3 is a full ounce heavier than version 2! You can read the earlier review here.
Being a racing flat, the GS3 has a narrower fit throughout yet opens up just enough for the toes. There’s even some room for the toes to wiggle around. The heel is securely locked down and the minimally padded tongue doesn’t slide around nor bunch up. In my opinion, it’s the best fitting GOMeb Speed yet.
Compared to the GS2, the GS3 has a palpable softer feel, yet it retains the snappy take off of the older shoe. I suspect the softer foam has something to do with that, a really nice tuning job. Another minor tweak is the positioning of the rubber plugs, where 2 have been moved further back towards the heel. See a trend there?
Unfortunately I’ve yet to take the GS3 on an extended run around. The couple of very short runs I’ve done in them wasn’t that enjoyable due to my current fitness level. The body took a battering from the grueling 56K under the hot sun and has yet to recover. Just couldn’t shake the fatigued feeling off. Regardless, I’ll bide my recovery time and focus on strength work in the gym. Can’t wait to be back on the fast lane!
The GOMeb Speed 3 will be available at all local Skechers boutiques in January 2015, in time for your new racing season!
Disclaimer: The Skechers GORun 4, GORun Ride 4 and GOMeb Speed 3 are media samples kindly provided by Skechers Malaysia. Opinions stated are my own.
How about running a marathon in space? It’s here too and it could probably be the key to my BQ! Finding it hard to incorporate exercise into your daily lives? No problem, check out how Charbonneau inserts strength training while preparing breakfast! In the chapter Volunteer! he said, getting involved as one makes him “more tolerant when there’s a problem in a race I’ve entered.”
Boston (the marathon, not the city) is featured greatly in Idle Feet, which he regularly participates as a runner and a guide. If you love reading about a runner’s experience in this hallowed footrace, you will find it all here. The flow in the narrative and chapter arrangements may not be like a novel’s but this is expected since the book is basically a collection from his past blog postings and contributions in other publications.
A good addition to your running book collection!
About the author:
Ray Charbonneau lives in Arlington, MA with his wife and their two cats. You can often find Ray and Ruth out on the streets running, but Felix and Phoebe stay inside.
Ray is the author of the books “Chasing the Runner’s High: My Sixty Million-Step Program” and “R is for Running“. His stories have appeared in both national dead-tree publications and landfill-saving electronic formats. Find out more about this book and his other works at www.y42k.com.
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