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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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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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