Self-Reward for Finishing TNF100: My New Gear

One of the best things about finishing a grueling race was having a reason to treat yourself and getting away with a little splurging.  Since I’m in the market for a new pair of solemates and I can get away with going a little overboard I finally decided to give in and get myself a fresh pair—adidas Supernova is already nearing its expected lifespan.  Luckily one of the premier malls in the Metro was having its mall-wide sale and that gave me the opportunity to get my shoes at a better price.  I honestly don’t have any candidates and there are so many choices out there—the discounts even made choosing more confusing.

Since I was on a mall sale my shopping was “sale-oriented.”  It had been a habit of mine that “when in a sale, buy only items that are on sale.”  If the items I wanted weren’t on sale it’d be better to buy it on a regular day sparing me the hassle of not being given the right attention.  This “rule” helped a lot in filtering my options: my popular choices adidas and Nike weren’t convincingly on sale so I didn’t bother spending too much time in their stores.  My favorite shoe store in this mall (where I also bought my NB 811) was definitely on sale so here I spent most of my time browsing through the wide selections on sale.  The choices got narrowed down to two: NB and Asics.  After several minutes of narrowing my”finalist” shoes from NB I scooted over to Asics’ side and I think my jaws dropped—Asics has a significant discount offered on their shoes, although Asics were still much more costly (even with the discount) than NBs.  When I think of Asics I can only think of one shoe (that I’ve always drooled about):

My new gear
My new gear
Fresh new pair
Fresh new pair

Yeah!  This shoe was on sale!  A pair of these costs absurdly expensive here in the Philippines and with the discount applied its final price becomes “manageable,” although this pair would still be the priciest ones I bought to date (you can still buy two “entry-level” pairs of shoes with the reduced price).  I had to invoke my “self-reward” reasoning to make myself not think about the “damage” it would cost on my already battered budget but on the long run I think the investment was worth it.  It won’t be this popular and pricey if it didn’t deliver.  Perhaps the only thing better than a Gel-Kayano 13 is a Gel-Kayano 14 (or 15)!  I can’t wait to test this baby out on the road!

Asics Gel Kayano 13 (kind of looks like a Ferrari)
Asics Gel Kayano 13 (kind of looks like a Ferrari)
Lucky 13
Lucky 13

Product Features

  • Midsole Material: Solyte™—A super lightweight material with superior responsiveness and durability.
  • Cushioning Technology: GEL® Cushioning System—GEL® cushioning system offers enhanced stability and shock absorption.
  • Pronation: DuoMax®–Combines 2 or more different density midsole materials to help correct the degree and velocity of pronation.
  • Heel Technology: ASICS® High Abrasion Resistant (AHAR®) Heel Plug—AHAR® provides durability at the impact zone.
  • Outsole: DuoSole®—DuoSole® proprietary ASICS® outsole technology offers extraordinary flexibility, lightweight and traction

Product Description

The GEL-Kayano® 13 running shoe for men from ASICS® offers the ultimate blend of support and cushioning.  The GEL® cushioning system provides enhanced stability and shock absorption, while DuoMax® combines 2 or more different density midsole materials to help correct the degree and velocity of pronation.  Additionally, the Biomorphic Fit™ upper maintains a dynamic glove-like fit in all foot positions.

7 Comments Add yours

  1. gingerbreadrunning says:

    Wow nice Dens! Konti na lang, Garmin na yan ah! Very nice shoes man, and well deserved as well:) Idol wohoo!


    > It was on sale so it’s reduced price was cheaper than online, but not that much.


  2. run unltd. says:

    Ayos, panalo! Ang magsawa, talo. The AHAR will never let you down, my nimbus 9 is still kickin’ to date.

    > I actually had a huge crush on the Nimbus but it’s only got a 10% discount which was still way over budget for me. I can’t wait to try my Kayano but I don’t want to get it wet and dirty (yet), hehe 😀


  3. mpp650 says:

    good shoes…i also just bought the nimbus the other day. i’m also a first time asics user after trying out nb’s and mizuno’s. let’s enjoy the ride of our new shoes!

    > Congrats on your Asics! I also love the Nimbus but it’s way too costly for my depleted budget. Let’s enjoy the ride!


  4. jinoe says:

    Idol ko rin yan. Been looking at these everytime I pass by Olympic World in ATC. Hindi ko pa alam when to reward myself.

    > Hey Boss Jinoe! Masyado akong naseduce ng sapatos na yan eh, tapos may nakalagay pang 40% off… so ayun swipe agad sa card hahaha. Kaya ngayon mukhang pending ulit ang masahe at bawas sali ng race, LSD na lang hehe 🙂


  5. kingofpots says:

    ASICS Gel-Kayanos are one of the best stability-cushion shoes that I have in my “arsenal” and I have the 13 & 14; & both had been used in my marathon races—13 for San Frisco Marathon & 14 for BOTAK 42. Lately, I used an ASICS DS-Trainer 12 for LA Marathon. ASICS are the best running shoes. It is better to spend your money for the best shoes instead of paying a lot of money to your doctor or personal therapist. of course, you deserve to have your new “gift”.

    > I’m glad that a lot of people makes me realize that I made the right choice with this shoe. You’re right that money’s better spent on good shoes than on therapy. 🙂


  6. rpapolinario says:

    nice kicks, dhenz! =)

    > Thanks! 🙂


  7. cathydaza says:

    (Envious, envious)

    It’s the season for shoes!! – or it always is maybe, for Adiks. Bwisit, painggit naman kayo ni Nats masyado, GRRR.

    I’ve long been eyeing for some Asics baby, myself. Congrats, yours is realized na. Ilabas mo na yan!! 😉

    > Thanks Cathy (for the envy?), go get one for yourself, it’s just a small way of thanking our feet 🙂


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