No More Back Pains Running with Skechers Original Go Run

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I've finally pulled the courage to join my very first 5k run back in 2010. It was nerve racking to be running beside the pros, but there was excitement to prove myself, to prove speed is my niche, that running is my destiny. Several panting and crushed water cups later, my personal record clocked in at 28 minutes and 22 seconds. Not bad for a first timer. For years, running after work had become a routine to keep me sane: stress hates sweating. It's a common fact of life. Also, I was fat before so I needed cardio to keep the caloric build-up at bay. Before I knew it, joining marathons had become an addiction; surpassing the previous PR was tantamount to quenching that thirst after a hard day's bumming at the beach.

And then one day I hit a snag. My back begins to ache after every jog. I'm only in my late 20s.

To make the Les Miserables script short, I was forced to stop running. Forced to stop doing the only thing that brings me happiness in this world (well, beside other things like food and more food). Words cannot describe what's it like to be mobile and bedridden at the same time.
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After the horrible experience winning against dengue back in 1998, I swore not to set foot to the hospital EVER again. It was the reason I'm obsessed with fitness. But the pain in my back had become worrisome I knew that doctor visit was inevitable. I wouldn't give in without a bloody fight though. Wearing my Detective Conan glasses, I reviewed every detail in my running.

Running posture?           
Nutrition?                        
iPod playlist?                  
Proper stretching?          
Shoes?                               

I'm not gonna name the brand, but in less than a year of using it showed why it lags in the athletic shoe race. You know that feeling you're SO close to the truth and your tongue just can't get the words out? That was how I felt realizing the shoe was the culprit all this time. My pelvic and back were absorbing most of the shock every time I run. The shoe thinned like that sandwich you used to hide in your bag in grade school because you didn't like the spread. Atrocious!

A new era dawned as the Messiah came to rescue those who have repented for their sins. I have seen the error in my running ways and was ready for it: To continue running meant I must find the perfect running shoe. A month later, I concurred Skechers Go Run was the light at the end of the tunnel. The back pains recurred no more.
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Features (From Skechers.com)
  • Light weight: 6.9 oz  for Men’s size 9 and 4.9 oz for Women’s size 6.
  • Responsive flexibility: the midsole flexes and twists with the foot allowing natural movement.
  • Roomy forefoot area: spacious toebox for your toes to splay, grip, and push off.
  • 4 mm heel drop: lowered and tapered heel design to mimic a more natural running experience.
  • Propriety midsole compound: made Resalyte™ – a lightweight, injection-molded material with memory retention.
  • Curved bottom: to minimize heel strike and promote a “natural” midfoot strike.
  • Independent circular sensors: offers flexibility and sensory feedback for a more responsive ride.
  • OrthoLite™ sockliner: anti-bacterial sockliner to eliminate odor and offer sockless running.

Aesthetic

Since red is my least favorite color (it makes me a/hu-ngry and it screams for attention), my Skechers Go Run got out of its box blue. I like the minimalist feel of it; cover the basics and let the handcraftship do the talking.
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Unfortunately I forgot blue also attracts attention. A different one, yes, but attention nevertheless. No wonder FaceBook, Twitter, and Google Search use it for their logo. So the first time I was wearing it, glances on my feet sent me these shivers for all the wrong reasons. Who'd blame Skechers for creating such a stunning piece of shoe that everybody just couldn't help but to fall to its attractiveness?

Fit and Weight

The first time I tried putting my fugly feet inside it the shoe hissed like an angry snake.

Kidding aside, it really fits like a glove. The most curious thing about wearing it is you couldn't feel where your skin ends because the materials inside the shoe are so light and soft you'd confused it to wearing something like a silk OR a feather OR a fur. Not exaggerating, but I've been with other shoes and it was the first time I've worn something so strong yet so light. Skechers Go Run gives you this sensation between a massage and stepping on soft pillows.

Ride

As a natural heel striker (that sounded something straight from an X-Men movie, ei?), running with Skechers Go Run opened me to this new world. The midfoot strike was awkward at first. Fifteen minutes later, I'd never ran so smoothly and confidently in my 4 years of running like I did that day.

Also, I realized I can last longer now because there are no more pain in my legs and back. In fact, the only thing that could stop me from continuous running is my hectic breathing, which is all I'm after. Calories are burned when your heart rate is high. In short, you should be panting like hell after every run. For me, it's possible now with my Skechers Go Run shoe.
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Rating: ★★★★