Little Runner Gal

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#MixUpYourRun with Asics

on February 3, 2015

I’ve been am extremely lucky girl and am one of a few runners who’ve been selected by The Running Bug & Asics to get involved in their #MixUpYourRun campaign.

“The key behind this philosophy is in order to get the best out of your training you have to mix up the types of run”

This is important in my training. As is often the case with me, I’m currently spring marathon training, so weekly I’ve got hills, speed (threshold), easy and long runs planned.  Picking up the pace, building the stamina and teaching those legs some cold, hard facts about fatigue, can only be done by mixing up your runs.

Today, the kit arrived. We all know that feeling when a new kit lands! And this was a big surprise as I didn’t actually know what they’d be sending me.

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Now I’ve only had a chance to take a sneaky peak while I’ve been sat in the office (and in my car at lunch!) so here are my very first impressions of the gear:

Asics GEL-Glorify

A

I’m a sucker for bright kit, so that was an instant winner. I do like to get technical about my long run shoes too, as I’m going to be running marathons in them. I like the support that these seem to offer under the arches (silver bits). I don’t over pronate massively but I am used to that support and due value it. The gel part of the shoes looks good, not something I’ve had before. Seems to make it very squishy so we’ll see how that helps. Nothing I dislike about the shoe at first glance.

Asics 33-DFA

B

Again, a nice girly design. Very very light and such a low drop, 4mm. Not something I’m used to as I tend to have a bit more 6mm or so on the bottom of a shoe. Although it’s only 2mm I could see the “flatness” of it straight away. A bit daunting but something I’m excited to try and hopefully get on with. No support bars or such like, but makes for a very light shoe. Sleek and fast. Let’s see if I can do them justice! These scare me the most out of the 2, but only because of what they represent, I think!

Asics Stripe Knee Tights

C

Nice simple design and length. The fabric feels good quality. Quite thin but they do say that these inspire “an extra burst of speed” so I guess less in more! Nice zip pocket of decent size and drawstring waist, both essential for me, as I always take a key and really can’t be doing with anything falling down, especially when they’re so light and with the added weight of the keys. Motion Dry technology is their wicking fabric, so we’ll put that to the test. I’ll give them a try on later, but not sure if I’m brave enough to take them out in the snow tonight!

Asics Stripe Top

D

Good colour. Light, bright and with the Motion Dry wicking technology. It looks and feels like a good technical tee. I like that it’s pretty plain and matches the tights. I’ll give it a try on later and might wear it out under the next item if temperatures permit!

Asics Woven Jacket

E

Again, light and bright, built for speed. I love the pink colour. I’m big on safety so the reflective detail on the front and back is a must for me, along with the bright colour. Zips look good quality and it has 2 full zipped pockets.  The back has ventilation and the fabric feels good. It doesn’t feel water proof, but doesn’t claim to be. It would probably withstand a small shower. Let’s see!

Asics Cumulus Socks

F

Much like other technical socks, the fabric feels good. They seem a bit thicker though, think it’s the cushioned sole. I haven’t owned cushioned ones before.  I’m not a massive fan of white as they always end up dirty! But will give these a go on the roads tonight.

So, here I go, off to mix up my run!

Are you a fan of Asics gear? Do you #MixUpYourRun training?

Let me know and interact with me on Twitter.

Updates to follow!
LRG x

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2 responses to “#MixUpYourRun with Asics

  1. I’m such an Asics whore, I’ve only ever ran in them. Let me know how those drops work for you. Love the kit, great colours. I always mix up my runs, makes it interesting and makes sure you progress!

  2. Andrew says:

    I used Asics trainers for about 3 years… and these were a pair that were left at my running club by someone free for giveaway. I quickly snapped them up…. then I changed to Nike. The horror and the pain they gave. Ever since I have been back to Asics and buy the same model each time apart from my racers which are Saucony (which I am a little obsessed with).

    Mixing up your runs are key to any improvement, if you just do long steady runs, you won’t improve those fast twitch fibres as much. My runs over a week include tempos (1 easy, 3 hard, 1 easy, 1 hard), intervals (6x3mins or similar), hills, steady, recovery and then track intervals. Mixing it up helps progress and keeps it exciting.

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