Hey there friends!
Happy Monday to you! I hope you had a wonderfully relaxing weekend and are feeling ready to start this week off with a bang. Speaking of strong starts, I’ve got an awesome giveaway to get you off on the right foot – literally. Remember a couple of weeks ago when I raved about my Skechers GOruns? If you missed it, you can check out the details in this post. Long story short, I was sent a pair of GOruns to review, but they sat in my closet for a month because of my foot injury. I never even thought that they might help me to ease back into running, especially since the thought of the brand Skechers creates images of 4 Wheelers and the platform shoes my mum would never let me buy for gym class in primary school. (“You’ll break your ankle wearing those!“) Well, that’s not the case any more. Skechers has redeemed itself in my mind because without these shoes, my post-injury transition back into running probably wouldn’t be happening yet.
A few details about the shoes:
- M-Strike™ technology promotes a mid-foot strike.
- GOimpulse sensors isolate points of contact to deliver sensory feedback.
- Radically lightweight with just enough Resalyte™ cushioning to protect on practically any surface. (A women’s size 6 only weighs 4.9oz! Mine are size 9, but they’re still the lightest shoe I’ve ever worn.)
- Brings you closer to a barefoot experience AND provides impact protection.
- High-abrasion rubber at strike points for extra stability and traction control. (Source)
The extra oomph in the midfoot is the biggest difference between these shoes and my usual ones, which have a little extra support for my mild overpronation tendency. My usual shoes (which are Asics GT-2160s) have worked absolutely fine for me in the past, and are my all-time favourite shoe for long distances. However, when I was able to start running lightly again (about 2 weeks ago), I still felt a shooting pain in my heel and up my Achilles. Figuring I might as well try, I put on the GOruns and as I mentioned in my initial review, was blown away by the fact that the pain was gone.
Now, keep in mind that Skechers GOruns are built to simulate semi-barefoot running as described above. I’ve always been hesitant about wearing any minimalist shoe, especially for a long run. Other brands like Vibram Five Fingers caution that athletes of all levels should ease in and allow their bodies time to transition and strengthen before going totally minimalist. Since I’ve only been able to run short distances (2-4 miles, or 15-30 minutes), less cushioning in the forefoot hasn’t been much of an issue. I’m not going to go running marathons in these babies, but for short-distance training, I love ‘em!
In addition to running, I’ve also been doing a few of my strength training sessions in these shoes and really like the way they seem to help me grip the ground. They also don’t get in the way as much when I stretch since they’re light and not bulky in the heel. And is it just me, or are the circles on the bottom kinda cool? They remind me of octopus tentacles – an incredibly random comment, I know, but consider it a glimpse into the inner workings of my brain when I do cardio workouts.
The folk at Skechers are super generous, and today they’re allowing me to give away a pair of GOruns to one of YOU! There are several ways you can enter:
Mandatory entry: Comment on this post, telling me about one place in the world where you’d like to GOrun most and why.
Lots of other ways to win (for each one, be sure to comment back here letting me know you tweeted, pinned, etc)
- Tweet about this giveaway. You could use something like “I want to win some GOruns from @eatspinrunrpt and @Skechers_Canada! http://ow.ly/c6AGJ” or make up your own.
- Follow Skechers on Twitter – @Skechers_Canada
- Like Eat Spin Run Repeat on Facebook
- Like Skechers Canada on Facebook
- Pin one of the images in this post on Pinterest
- Follow me on Instagram – eatspinrunrpt
- Blog about this giveaway and link back to this post
This giveaway is open to Canadian residents only (sorry!) and is open until midnight this Thursday, July 12th. I’ll announce the winner in my Fit Bit Friday post first thing in the morning.