They said you won’t appreciate the value of a good trainer (running shoes) until you’ve had one. How true! I’ve been using an NB cross-trainer picked up at budget from Isetan a few years back when I started gyming at Fitness First.
In all fairness, the NB shoes have served me well… following me from Fitness First in 2006 to True Fitness in 2008 (till now). Obviously when you are at the gym and doing only a 2km run, any shoe would probably do as well.
Recently (as in Mar this year) when I started running more seriously… increasing my mileage to 5km per run… I started to feel “pain” in my feet. Initially I thot that’s probably due to me pushing myself on the run and just told myself to take it easier.
The idea of taking part in a quarter marathon (10km) happened only when I chanced upon Stanchart’s KL Marathon event (schd for June 28 this year). I was spurred by their Run for a Cause where you sign up, get ppl to support you by donating to a non-profit of your choice and you run for them!
Getting to take part in one of the more popular marathon in Msia and running for charity at the same time – can’t miss this opportunity, right?
This would mean I need a proper running shoes as I’ll be increasing my mileage to 10km or more as part of my training. With my feet already complaining at 5km, a good running shoes is essential.
A quick google told me I shud be looking at two choices: the Nike Lunar Trainer or the Adidas Adizero Tempo. Nike seems to have discontinued the Lunar Trainer, so it’s the Tempo for me.
Bought it from the Adidas shop in Berjaya Times Square who happened to be having a sales; got 20% off for the Tempo. Still set me back about rm319. But it was worth the investment.
Even though I increased both the mileage and the speed at my next training runs at the gym, my feet no longer feels the “pain”. The ForMotion cushioning is superb, and the shoes is incredibly light for a trainer.
It seems Adidas has come out with Tempo II now. If you are looking for a good, lightweight trainer and your feet type is neutral, give the Tempo a try. 😛