It has been a few shoes since I have run in the Asics 2000. The 2000 back when it was the 2100 series was the first running shoe that I bought at a running store. I am happy to say the new v5 edition is still good to go.
I have put about 60 or so miles on my pair of 2000 v5's before writing this review. I have run on the roads, muddy trails, dry trails, sidewalk and can't find a complaint. The shoe has kept a similar width in forefoot as it has in the past and there is really no issue there for me.
Somethings that stick out that I really like, are how the shoe holds my foot around the ankle. It feels appropriately snug and secure without having to do any work to make it that way, just tighten and go. Something else I like is the laces. Nothing super special except that I have not really had to double knot the laces. Just a single knot and they stay put.
Over all a great shoe. The upper feels great the mid-sole is nice and cushioned and outsole sticks to the ground well. Coming in at $120 you can get the Asics 2000 v5 at your local running store or get it online at runpacers.com.
As a runner we are use to putting it all on the line during a race. But what about running clothes? Do you ever put those on the line? I do and it's for a few good reasons.
Reason One- It's cleaner, the sunlight kills the bacteria in clothes.
Reason Two- Hanging clothes on the line makes them smell fresh.
Reason Three- It's better for the environment than using the dryer, because it doesn't use any electric or gas.
Reason Four- Putting your clothes on the line is free, using a dryer cost money.
I don't always put my clothes on the line but I do prefer to when I can. As you can see from the reasons above, it makes sense to hang clothes on the line on a nice sunny day.
The old saying goes "In like a lion, out like a lamb." This March has definitely come in roaring. After a very warm end of February, this March let us know that it's still winter.
I was starting to get used to the shorts weather running of February, but March put me back in place. Serving up a few below freezing days that put ice back onto the water and even a few flurries.
I'm not putting away the pants and jackets yet. There may be few more cold ones before the start of Spring.
This winter I have been getting a lot of morning running in. For some people running in the AM is a necessity of their schedule or work. For others it's by choice. For me it's a little of both.
Whether it's the crip morning air, getting to see the sun rise or letting the run wake me up, I generally like running in the morning. Okay, I can't say getting up early is always fun but once I've started it's all good.
Especially when it's cold I see the value of running early. Going out for a run in below freezing temperatures seems to take the edge off the day for me. I also think it's a positive start to the day.
Something else that is nice about running early, is taking a retrospective look at the workout. Taking a full body assessment of what feels good, bad or different is something I like to take notice of. Generally, I think about that on my way to work.
I have been running in different versions of the Nike Lunar Glides for a few years. I am pretty sure that my first pair of this shoe was the Lunar Glide 2. I have always really enjoyed this shoe. The most current version, number 8 was another great update.
The first thing I noticed about this shoe was there was no real "outsole" to the shoe. The midsole goes right to the ground, with cuts in the material to give better grip. Through my whole time with this shoe I did not find an issue with the grip on the bottom while running.
I really like the upper on this shoe. When you yank the laces it really holds you in the shoe good and is very comfortable. After all the miles I put on this shoe, the upper never got worn out and looked almost new. Even if I just slipped my foot in the Lunar Glide my foot sat really nice in the shoe. The upper of the Lunar Glide 8 has a very high end feel.
When I first got the Lunar Glide 8 I thought the support was less than previous years. After I really started putting miles on, I thought it was pretty comparable to previous versions. It is definitely less support than a shoe like the Ravenna but more support than a shoe like the Ghost or Pegasus.
I think I put somewhere near 500 miles on this shoe. I really should have cut this shoe off at 400 miles, as I was starting to feel it getting soft. I did notice that the shoe started to wear out in the forefoot before anything else, I guess I land on my forefoot.
In retirement this shoe has been good for a walk around shoe. I find the grip on the bottom is not great in the snow or mud when walking around. Again, this is only walking. When I was running in this shoe I never had a problem.
Just released on January 1st 2017 the Brooks Ravenna 8 has a lot to live up to. With an all new design for 2017 the Ravenna is an all new shoe with new features sure to please and a familiar feel that will keep you in these shoes for another version.
I was excited when I first saw that the new Ravenna had arrived and maybe a bit hesitant. I was such a big fan of the Ravenna 7, that I was really hoping that the new version didn't get screwed up. As far as I can tell after about 45 miles the shoe is great!
At this point I have taken the Ravenna 8 on roads, sidewalks, trails and snow and really can not find a problem. Upon first putting the shoe on I noticed it was wider than last year's version. At first I was a bit apprehensive about that, but after my first run, I was sold. The wider forefoot was nice, I didn't even notice it on the run.
The Ravenna 8 has the same supportive feel of the Ravenna 7 and a great heel to toe transition. So far I haven't been able to find a flaw in the shoe.
The other night on a run I got a very interesting surprise. A small hail(or maybe sleet?) storm. Lets keep in mind here we are in New Jersey, so we are not talking golf ball sized pieces of ice. More like like little pebble sized pieces of ice.
During the run I heard stuff hitting my shell(water resistant) jacket and thought "oh great, rain" but then I started feeling some stinging on my face and then it realized it was not just raining, but it was sleeting as well. This was kind of nice since I was wearing a hood and it did not get wet.
Hmmmmm so probably the most interesting thing about the sleet was catching some in my mouth. Guess what it taste like........ Okay I'l tell you, Ice. On this run the ice on the ground was not especially slippery, I guess because the ice melted as soon as it hit the ground. because I was excited about having run in the adverse elements. It was pretty cool.
I got a pair of Brooks Transcend 3's from Brooks as a trial pair a few months ago. The reason I was given a pair, aside from working at a running store was because I couldn't stand the the first Transcend. In fact I gave my pair to my brother(although he liked them). When the first one came out there was a lot of marketing for the debut and basically the shoe was a flop. The new Brooks tech rep in our area, wanted me to try out how much better the shoe is now.
I have taken the shoe out a bunch of times and it is GREAT!!! I like how cushioned it is. It's not too soft which is really nice, and it has a pretty responsive feel for a shoe in it's class. The only time the shoe feels "big" is if you are running in sand, which I have done a few times in this shoe. Other than that it has been good.
A unique feature about this shoe that I was a bit skeptical about, is the guidance rails. The guidance rails are what the shoe has for support. Instead of the traditional stability posting (hard foam under the arch to give support). This is a new direction that Brooks has been going, at least with this shoe, maybe more in the future? I'm not sure, but at least in this shoe they got it right.
I have been running in these shoes for about 2 or 3 months and the shoe still feels great on every run. One thing that I really notice about the shoe is when you tighten the lace, the shoe surrounds your foot and feels really nice and secure. If I had to pick a negative about this shoe....hmmmmmmm, I guess it would be that there is no reflective material on the back of the shoe, which I think is a good thing to have, for just for a little added safety.
We have had this sock in the store for a few months now. I figured this would be a good time to give this product a review. Many people really like Feetures socks they are the best selling socks in the store I work in. So, when we started carrying this sock I wondered how people would like the new feel, a new twist to the elite series of socks.
Some of the differences. The first is obvious, they are more cushioned which you feel right away. The next is that they have more polyester than the original Feetures elite. To me this was a big change, i think it made the sock feel fluffier, more plush and just nicer. You still get the sweet arch lock compression in the center of the sock the the Feetures Elite socks are known for.
With a price tag of $15.99 these socks do a great job of holding their own with socks in a lower price range. It really is a nice feeling sock that does not disappoint.
I'm not going to beat around the bush... I haven't written a Blog post in a while so I wanted to get one out there. Basically what has been going on in NJ running for me is..... Summer Running.
I have gotten in a lot of quality miles this summer. Whether it was a training run or just some easy miles it has been a pleasure to run this summer.
I hear people complaining about the heat all the time. I know for me all winter I can't wait for it to be warm, so I can't wait for summer. The days are longer and running early or late are the most comfortable time to run. Also, no gloves or sweatshirts or jackets are needed, even rain is not that big of an issue.
Long story short I have been enjoying this summer of running. Even this week which has been super humid. Running in the woods I feel like I am in the rain forest, good stuff. And of course a nice cold ice pop or ice cream tastes extra good after or before the run.
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