I won myself a pair of Skechers GOrun running shoes during the Men Health Shape Night Run recently. I was quite excited when I saw the prize voucher as I have always been curious about the shoes ever since I saw them in the Boston Marathon Expo with Meb Keflezighi. So, I happily redeemed them last week at 1 Utama Skechers outlet.
The first thing I noticed (and liked) is the smooth internal lining and uppers which makes them look and feel like a pair comfortable walking shoes. They also seems to be pretty wide, compare to most of my racing flats and because of all these, I almost had the idea of getting the female version since the female cut offers a much narrower fit. But after fastening the shoe lace this issue soon disappeared and so I brought home the bright Red pair.
Look and feel - good as leisure shoes too, this will save space for oversea marathons :)
I did a training run on them during the weekend. At first, I wasn't quite used to the ‘rocking’ feeling of the shoes. But since I am trying out the Skechers for the first time, I just told myself to keep a positive thought until I finished at least couple of runs on them. But I must admit, I kinda liked the comfortable supporting feeling that came in the form of a soft pressure at the arch of the feet.
The cushioning of the shoes was pretty comfortable. It is a firm and responsive pair of shoes, which to me are important features if you want speed in your racing shoes. In fact, I don’t really like running shoes that are too soft, because I personally find there is a loss of energy between landing and lifting off on softer shoes.
I find lifting off with the ‘rockered' profile in front is pretty neat.
The rockered sole stops your heels from touching the ground.
I have ran twice with the GOrun, and it seems to be very pleasant so far. I am not sure how it will perform in races and will need to run more on them before I can decide. But meantime, the GOrun will make a good pair of speed training shoes.
And here's a sneak peek on what Meb Keflezighi might be wearing during the 2012 Olympic Marathon.