I started my run through my normal start point. That will be the entance for the US Embassy along Roxas Blvd. I timed myself to see if I am able to run faster/slower using my new Glides. Upon start, it felt really good. Unlike my normal training shoes, I cannot feel the ground hitting my feet. The cushioning on this shoes is superb and I can only wish for anything but that. I then glided through my normal route. People are actually looking at my blue-apple green glides since it looks like its glowing. Funny it may sound but it really does. I then continued running and did feel good about it. Before, with my old rubber shoes, I feel some pressure along my legs' side. I think this could be attributed by the impact when my feet meets the ground. With the new glides, it was gone and it was flawless. I continued running and for about 1.5K, I started to feel the normal tiredness already. I then checked my foot and started to feel some uncomfort. I then realized that the glides are actually slanting when you step them on. The side of the shoes towards the other foot is slightly higher than the other side. As I was not accustomed to this kind of shoes, I felt some unease. I still continued running and was relieved that the uncomfort faded away at around 2.5K. I then concluded that it was just my foot adjusting to the shoes.
As I turned around from CCP, I felt the need to walk. I did just that and checked my shoes again. It is still intact and I can still feel my feet. I then tried examining the insole through moving my foot. The insole feel clean. No untowards stitching and bumps anywhere. Although I must say that the heel area has a lot of room. This may be advantageous to new runners like me as I can really feel comfort the "spaces" gives.
I continued running at 3K till my 4.8K end. The shoes are still working fine.
My iPod registered that my time was around 37 minutes. Slightly above than my usual 35. I guess this is attributed to the fact that I did not have my earphones and I was not listening to upbeat songs rather than blaming it to my new babies... I mean shoes. :)
All-in-all, my first experience with my glides is fabulous. Here is a run down of things I like and things I think that should have been improved.
- Soft cushioning - prevent me from having leg aches
- Nice insole. Clean and comfortable.
- Nice colors. LOL
- Cushioning height -due to the cushioning, I was elevated for about 1 inch from the ground. I was kind of afraid since I do have the tendency to have "tapiloks".
I will definitely use my glides for my runs and I am recommending it for newbies. It offers the support a necomer to the sport should have. :)
Note: Thanks to my dad for buying me the shoes. Thanks POP!