Posts Tagged ‘Asics

16
Nov
12

Condura Skyway Marathon Kicks Off 2013 with More Reasons to Run

The premier marathon event in the country, the Condura Skyway Marathon Run for the Mangroves 2013 goes to the starting line on February 03, 2013 in Filinvest City, Alabang.  It will be the curtain-raiser for the new running year of 2013—perfect timing for those who are serious in getting back to form after the long series of holidays and merry-making and for those who finally would like to get off that couch and find the fun and fulfilment in running.

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18
Jul
11

Shoes, Shoes, Shoes!

Shoes are probably the only piece of equipment that running entails—and strictly speaking, even that is optional!  After more than two years of running, here’s how my shoe collection looked like.

Some of the gears in my arsenal 🙂

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17
Dec
10

Condura Skyway Marathon 2011

One of the most exciting Marathon in the country is back, the Condura Run, with its signature Skyway route, but now more aptly named the Condura Skyway Marathon.  This re-branding comes in line as the event positions itself as one of the premiere marathon event in the Asia-Pacific Region by 2012.

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21
May
10

More than a Name Change: Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore (SCMS) 2010

Last year was my first ever marathon outside the Philippines during what was then called Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon (SCSM).  This year, Standard Chartered, the event’s title sponsor, decided to give it some makeover by having a name change.  But the changes with this year’s event is more than superficial—new sponsors, Race Director, routes, and event are being introduced.

ASICS would be the official outfitter of this year’s SCMS under the three-year sponsorship agreement (until 2012) and as such will be offering 15% discount off regular merchandise at ASICS Concept Stores, located at Paragon, #04-44A and Marina Square, #03-110 for participants of SCMS 2010 from August 01 to December 04, 2010.  Singapore Sports Council (SSC), the organizer of SCMS, appointed Dave McGillivray, the person behind Boston Athletic Association’s (BAA) Boston Marathon, as this year’s Race Director, but the two major changes that would be introduced this year are the new routes and the new Ekiden relay.

Full marathon runners will run down Orchard Road, Ministry of Information, Communication and the Arts building, followed by bustling Chinatown and the grand Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay.  Half marathon runners will start on Sentosa Bridge through Universal Studios and 10K runners will start off at the Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay and will run past Singapore’s Financial District before moving over to the new Helix Bridge.

The Ekiden (long distance relay) is the new addition to SCMS where six runners form a team to cover the entire 42.195K.  The first runner will flag off with the full marathon runners while the rest of the participants will be allocated to their respective stations.

I would’ve wanted to set a new course record with SCSM but it seems that with SCMS that’s no longer possible, but it does offer the charm of a new route (I think I’m more excited with 21K route, unless the marathon route covers it too) and the promise of a better race.

Registration for this year’s SCMS is already open and if you register between May 20 and June 04, 2010 you get at least 45% discount.  There’s also a 15% discount if you use Standard Chartered Credit or Debit Card.  This year’s race would be on December 05, 2010.  More details of the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore 2010 will be released within the next few months.

17
May
10

Ask RP: Buying Shoes

I’ve been receiving quite a handful of enquiries lately from various fronts about all sorts of topics, and so for the convenience and benefit of all stakeholders I decided to post my replies here.  While I don’t claim to be “all-knowing” and didn’t intended this it’s probably inevitable with any runners with presence online.

Without further ado I’ll be replying to the latest question I received via Facebook about buying a running shoe.  I received this question from someone who’d be doing his first 5K race on takbo.ph runfest, and as such is asking tips on buying his first running shoes.

RP’s Reply:

I’m not a shoe guru so I don’t think I’m qualified to answer this question but I’ll point you to parties that could: Runnr (Bonifacio High Street and Ayala Center Cebu) and Secondwind (Teachers Village, Quezon City and Ortigas Home Depot, Pasig City).  Both these stores feature gait analysis so they can recommend the most suitable shoes (stability, neutral, motion control, cushioning, etc.) for your foot type.  Gait analysis involves running on an in-store treadmill and as such your pronation can be determined and at the same time your arch type (low or “flat footedness,” neutral, or high) can be also identified.  Even your foot strike (forefoot, midfoot, or heel) can be determined with this test which is free whenever you buy a pair.  This indeed is the scientific approach to picking the right “solemates.”

Form vs. Function

For many of us choosing the right shoe is as simple as picking the one that matches our taste.  Everyone I think was guilty of that at least at some point in their lives and even if you know which types are for you, you’d of course pick the design you like best.  But there would be a time when that pair that you really, really love isn’t right for you and you’re stuck with “ugly” options, what would you do?  Well think about this, would you rather look good, or feel good?  With running shoes you may not always get the design you want but eventually you’d grow to appreciate your pair since your shoes would be your best friend out there while you’re running.  We don’t really pick our friends based on looks, right?

Naming Names

I’m quite lucky to have a normal arch and natural forefoot strike so as such most non-specialized shoes are good for me.  With so many brands out there the ones that worked well for me were adidas, Asics, New Balance, Nike, and my current long distance racing shoes, K-Ona by K-Swiss.  I’m also quite interested with Mizuno (particularly Musha II), Newton, Brooks, and Vibram Five Fingers but I haven’t tried any pairs yet (ehem hehe :D).  Lately I’m leaning towards lightweight or barefoot-simulating shoes and am shying away from very technical ones, but if you’re starting out it I suggest you follow recommendations based on your foot, arch, and strike.

Costs

Since your shoes would be your best friend for quite some time it would be better to invest on it.  A good pair starts at around P3,000 and should last at least 500 kilometers.  I suggest that if you have a budget dedicate one pair for race day and one pair for training.  If you think your total costs would reach P6,000 or more you may also want to consider getting a Score Card for added insurance (your discount from partner merchants is enough to pay for the card).  Finally, try to visit shoe stores every once in a while for unannounced sales and promotions.

Additionally, this post may also come in handy: 10 Running Essentials

18
Nov
09

Shoe Review: New Balance 681

Choosing a good quality shoe need not be expensive.  The 681 from New Balance in an entry level running shoe that not only looks good, it also performs well.

Features

  • ABZORB®
    Forefoot and rearfoot ABZORB® to soften the impact of road running
  • C-CAP®
    Compression-molded EVA for superior midsole cushioning and flexibility.
  • Stability Web
    Optimal arch support that’s both rigid and lightweight while preventing midfoot flex.

First Glance

At first glance the 681 looks good and upon closer inspection you’ll notice the Abzorb cushioning is also placed in the forefoot area.  The shape of its sole is also unique that it seems to aide forward movement especially for forefoot strike runners.  You can’t really tell that it is an entry-level shoe until you’re reminded when you see the insole.

The Test

I tested this first walking a few kilometers to and from a nearby running specialty store and it passed with flying colors.  The shoe fits well and it very comfortable.  Cushioning was sufficient and is breathable enough.  Things changed when I finally tested it for a seven kilometer test run—you immediately feel the slightly narrower front as you feel your fingers rub on its sides.  Coming from Asics Kayano I can feel the difference with the cushioning which was sufficient although I wouldn’t recommend it for runs longer than 10K or exceeding an hour.  It’s also not as bendable as other running shoes but it’s very negligible.  On the good side though the slightly concaved shape of the front sole really aide runners with forefoot strike.

Conclusion

New Balance 681 is a very comfortable shoe that looks good and fits well.  It provides good cushioning not just in the heel but also in the forefoot and it sole is shaped to aide forefoot runners.  The narrow front may be its biggest fault making it unsuitable for long runs, but for casual use or easy runs it fits well.  Overall this is a good shoe for those 5K or even 10K runs, or simply for just walking around.  This shoe may have been designed for those who just started running and didn’t want to risk spending a huge sum, or those looking for some affordable everyday good trainers.

01
Jun
09

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.




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