Back in 2007, when I first started working out regularly, I met with a personal trainer. Nick and I were getting married and I wanted to get in better shape. I had motivational issues, working my first full-time job, wedding planning, and trying to have a social life was taking its toll, getting up at 5 am to go to the gym before work (I was a morning person before kids too) and sometimes going after work took a lot of effort.
My trainer made a deal with me, if I logged a certain amount of workouts, cardio and strength, for 3 months, he would buy me a pair of shoes. The shoes were a pair of Asics, my first real running sneakers. I couldn’t tell you anything else about them, except they were lime green, but I did run my first 5K in them.
Those shoes started my journey, and while there have been a few shoes in between, some of which I truly did love, no shoe brand has been able to update a shoe and keep my feet happy.
I was recently contacted by the team at Asics and they believed that I embodied their mantra, Better Your Best. This is something I truly am passionate about, I am not competing with anyone but myself. I want to be a better me, and continue to get stronger and faster! They asked if I would review their new shoe, the GEL-Pursue, the shoe was featured in the September issue of Runner’s World as the Best Debut Shoe. They wrote that the GEL-Pursue delivers equal parts cushioning and stability in a shoe that rides a bit lower.
I have taken these shoes on a plethora of runs, some with B and the stroller, and most recently a few solo jaunts. One thing that I love about Asics is that their wide fit truly is a wide fit. I don’t have any overhang like I do with other shoes, my entire foot is comfortable and snug. While my training hasn’t been as great as I hoped it would be, my feet didn’t have any issues after almost a year of no running. The ASICS GEL-Pursue is a great shoe for neutral runners and it retails for $110. These are one of the best pairs of shoes that I’ve ever worn, they offer the same support as all the other Asics I have worn, but they are not as heavy (8.7 oz) and have a lower drop, which is something I have grown to want in my running shoe. I know to others that the shoe might seem heavy, but to me it was lighter than all the other Asics I have owned and run in.
Some other great features about the ASICS GEL-Pursue:
- Impact Guidance System (I.G.S®) – enhances the foot’s natural gait from heel strike to toe-off.
- Rearfoot and Forefoot GEL® Cushioning Systems – Mitigates shock during impact and toe-off phases, as well as allowing movement in multiple planes as the foot transitions through the gait cycle.
There are more pros, but I don’t want to make this post too long. My only complaint is that there is only one color scheme for the mens and women’s shoe. Obviously comfort is the most important thing, but I can’t say I wouldn’t love these more if they were pink! If you want to try and win a pair of your own, check out this post! I am really excited to run in them at Zooma, and even though it won’t be a race PR, it will be an emotional one!
Do you remember the shoes you ran your first race in?