Monday, June 30, 2014

Running Shoes

I started running competitively in the summer of 2011 and that was when I finally invested into a pair of Asics running sneakers. The model is Asics Gel - Nimbus 11. This pair of shoes lasted me for about 2 years. As you can see, they are pretty worn out now. When I first worn them, they felt heavy because I was wearing a pair of light weight New Balance sneakers prior to switching over to Asics. It took about a couple of months to adjust to them from the light weight shoes I ran with for a year. This pair was definitely bulkier than other running shoes, but they provided great support since my legs were mostly pounding on concrete. Another pair of light weight shoes I experimented with before trying out Ascis was Nike Lunarfly. Unfortunately, the 3rd time I ran with them on the road in the suburbs for an easy 3 mile run, I got an injury. I went to see a podiatrist, Dr. Mike G. Szczepanski after I iced and rested my foot. He was a very caring doctor who took good care of me and gave me tickets to see the Brooklyn Cyclone that summer. I recommend seeing him if you have any foot problems! My injury turned out to be a torn ligament in my left foot and it was painful for the first couple of weeks. I couldn't run for a month or so and it took me almost 3 months to fully recover. I took the Nike Lunarfly to Dr. Mike and he looked at them, pointed out that the pair of shoes was uneven. He wrote a doctor letter for me and I sent it in with my complaint to Nike along with my sneakers, however, they were only able to offer me a $95 gift certificate claiming that the shoes were fine. They basically put the blame on me that runners can easily get injured on uneven pavement. My argument was that I never had any injury from any other brands ever in my life, but those Nike shoes. After I responded to Nike and rejected their offer, they did nothing for me. I gave up on this case eventually since I was busy interning in NYC, working a part time job and preparing for my senior year of college. In my opinion, I highly don't recommend wearing Nike running shoes. In conclusion, it was a nightmare for me to deal with Nike and heal my foot while I was trying to run my first race.

After I retired my Asics Gel - Nimbus 11. I made another Asics purchase because I fell in love with Asics!! Now I run with Asics Gel - Kayano 17. This pair feels a bit lighter than Asics Gel - Nimbus 11. They are very comfortable and supportive! Here's a description from "Women's ASICS® GEL-KAYANO® 17 :: Slimmed down and toned up, the women's ASICS® GEL-Kayano® 17 has recently undergone a noticeable transformation. It may have lost some weight but your #1 favorite Stability shoe still offers all the cushioning and support you've relied on year after year. Save more energy and get more power out of each stride thanks to ASICS®'s unique Guidance Line technology extended through the length of the shoe. Loyal GEL-Kayano® fans will still enjoy the fabulous fit and famously smooth ride they've grown to love with the added bonus of a livelier and speedier run experience. Power, precision, perfection, the ASICS® GEL-Kayano® continues to deliver fun run after run! 10.4 ounces"

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