Asics GEL-Pursue: My Half Marathon Shoe!
I received a pair of Asics for the purpose of this review. This is not a compensated post and all opinions are my own.
Shortly after my review of JD Sports and the Asics I got from them, the Asics brand folks themselves contacted me about reviewing the Runner’s World Best Debut Running Shoe of Fall 2014 – the GEL-Pursue. I’d so far had success with my first pair of Asics helping my shin splints, so I was open to trying out another style. The GEL-Pursue is “neutral, but responsive”.
The ankle/heel definitely had plenty of that responsive cushioning, but the shoe itself felt very flexible and easy to move in. After just one three miler, I knew I wanted to try out a long run in these shoes. And after that one long run, I knew I wanted to run my first half marathon in them!
My left shin splint issues have not gone away completely, but since I started using a calf sleeve and running in Asics, they’re sure a heck of a lot better. No more post-run throbbing pain in my shin, and since my half it hasn’t even been too sore.
Now I will be the FIRST to admit that saying I love a pair of shoes which retail online at $110, that I received free of charge, is not a 100% relate-able review. But I’ve tried out a LOT of sneakers, and have never felt this good running or working out in another shoe. I realize that one runner’s favorite shoe is not necessarily another runner’s favorite. But if you like a flexible shoe that has good ankle/heel support, and are in the market for a new running shoe, then I would encourage you to give the Asics GEL-Pursue a shot. They worked for me (and Kelly too)!
What kind or brand of running shoe do you prefer?
How much are you willing to spend on a good pair of running shoes?