Disclosure: I received a pair of ASICS GEL-Pursue™ for my review, all opinions are 100% my own.
I was so excited when ASICS contacted me to try out their new running sneaker the GEL-Pursue™. This particular shoe was awarded “Best Debut Shoe” in the September 2014 Shoe Guide issue of Runner’s World.
These sneakers arrived just in time as I was desperately searching for a new pair that I would eventually wear at the NYC Marathon. I had high hopes for these sneakers and in the end they did not disappoint, although the first couple of runs with them were a little rough. The GEL-Pursue™ is designed for the neutral runner and I am a notorious overpronator, but I figured if I can run in minimalist sneakers, I could run in these.
The GEL-Pursue™ arrived at the perfect time because I needed a new pair for the NYC Marathon and I needed sufficient time to break them in. My first two runs in them were short, only about 3 miles. These runs did not go well, I felt awkward in the sneakers and both my knees hurt. I decided to give them another chance and I am so happy I did, because the third time was a charm. The sneakers just molded to my feet which allowed my movement during the run to be fluid and light, rather than my usual hard pounding. The ASICS GEL cushioning system was designed to protect the foot and absorb the impact generated from running and it does just that! I found that despite the fact that this sneaker is designed for the neutral running, it was the perfect fit for an overpornator like me.
After this amazing short run, I decided to tackle my first 16 miler last Sunday with the GEL-Pursue™. The longest I have ever run was 14.2 miles, two years ago, right before I dropped out of the marathon due to a stress fracture. To say I was a little nervous about tackling 16 miles for the first time was an understatement, but it was necessary for both my training and confidence, plus it would definitively tell me if these were my marathon sneakers!
My 16 mile run was a complete success! I felt pretty awesome the entire time and even managed to hold an average pace of 10:43 per mile, which puts me on target for a 4 hour 40 minute marathon. The sneakers held up perfectly, providing with just the right amount of support and cushioning!! I had no issues with leg pain or blisters or anything related to these sneakers, which means they are definitely going to be the pair I wear during the marathon! My only issue with this run was my stomach after I took the second GU, thankfully I mapped out a course with bathrooms along the route, or else I may have found my self behind a bush. I want to try and avoid pit stops like this in the future, because I really don’t want to use the porta-potty during the marathon if I can help it. My next long run is 18 miles this Sunday and I will definitely be focusing on perfecting the fueling portion of the run and avoiding any unnecessary pit stops.
This run was a personal distance record for me and the confidence booster I needed to know that I can actually run the marathon on November 2nd. ASICS have been a part of my running life since the beginning and I am excited that they will share my first marathon with me!
Have you run in ASICS? Any thoughts?
Any tips on fueling for a long run?