Sunday, November 22, 2015

Salming Race R21: Initial Review

Salming is not a running shoe brand many of you would be familiar with in Malaysia. In fact as of May this year, the shoe wasn't even available in Malaysia. I came to know about the Salming brand when Stefan Albinsson, one of the ambassadors of Salming Running started writing reviews of the shoe on his blog, The Running Swede. Being a shoe geek, that piqued my interest and I was hoping to get my hands on a pair of Salming to try on.

It wasn't until this year that I finally got my hands on a pair of Salming running shoes. After a quick round of messaging with the local Malaysian distributors, I purchased the Salming Race R21 model from them. I love trying out new shoe brands and I was pretty excited to finally get my hands on a pair, especially one that falls into the racing flats territory.

When I first picked up the shoe, what caught my attention, aside from the color was how light it was. From the pictures I've seen of them, I'd have expected them to weigh much heavier than what I had in my hands. I was impressed. I've always loved light weight shoes. The US8.5 (which I sized up from my regular size 8) I had in my hands weighed a paltry 6.5 oz! It felt almost as light as the 5.2 oz Saucony Type A6 that I had! In fact, the Race R21 was almost similar to the Type A6 in many ways but with cushioning. The Saucony Type A6 can be tough on the feet but the Salming Race R21 is a much more forgiving shoe.

The upper of the Race R21 features a 2 layer construction which adds durability while keeping the weight at a minimum. A breathable mesh is overlaid by something Salming calls an Exo-Skeleton that hugs the foot, adding some extra stability and support. I don't really like too many overlays on a running shoe cos it'll just make the shoe less breathable but the Race R21 welded Exo-Skeleton construction didn't pose any breathability issues, in fact, it was decently airy during all my runs in them. I also like how it locks your foot in place nicely enabling a quick and responsive running experience.

The 2 Layer upper construction

The fit of the shoe was another surprise. It looks a little narrow but once you slip your feet in them, they don't feel as narrow as they look. But that said, they're not also the widest shoe on the block. I know I'm contradicting myself but it's a little hard to describe, they're somewhere in between, though it fits my feet real well. Then again, I'm blessed to have feet that fit into almost any kind of running shoes.

The upper of the Race R21 sits atop the proprietary RunLite™ midsole that features a special high abrasion injection EVA that's designed to flexibly respond to the road surface in order to get a race like feel. Built into the midsole is something called the Torsion Efficient Unit™, a lightweight carbon fibre plate similar to the ones found in the Skechers GOspeed series. The TEU adds some sturdiness to the shoe giving it a bit of a snap on takeoff.

The Salming Race R21 is a 5mm drop shoe but feels a lot closer to the road than the drop would indicate. This is due to the extremely low stack height of the shoe. I can't find any info on the measurements of the stack height though I can attest that it rides lower to the ground. Like I mentioned earlier, it feels like a Type A6 and you can feel the road but has that added bit of cushioning for protection and comfort.

The outer sole is made up of an improved lightweight rubber compound material that provides remarkable grip even on wet slippery surfaces. All my runs the past week have been on wet after rain road conditions and not once did the Race R21 lose traction even when I ran on slippery pavement.

The outsole flexibility like all racers are a little on the firmer side so you can toe off much faster during your runs. Just above the TEU, you'll notice the numbers 62/75°. This represents the distance from the heel to the ball of the foot which Salming puts at 62% of the shoe is designed for extra stability and ends at the so called 'ballet' flex line, at a 75° angle. From this flex line, Salming has equipped the shoe with greater flexibility, assuring that the 62/75° feature bends in exactly the right places to simulate the foot's natural forward and lateral movements.

TGS 62/75° 

The heel cup has a nice snug fit. The collar and tongue provide just the right amount of cushioning that it doesn't 'squeeze' on your foot. The laces are the rounded kind and I always have this fear that rounded laces tend to come undone easily but in all my runs, the laces stayed knotted. You can slide the laces through the band on the outer top of the tongue with the Salming logo which keeps the tongue in place securely.

I've so far used them covering a distance of close to 80km and have come to love the shoe. The Salming Race R21 is in my humble opinion an excellent racer, built low to the ground but with ample cushioning to protect your feet as you speed along the roads. I would normally not recommend a racer for long distance races but with the Salming Race R21, I'd say it could easily take on a half marathon (and a full marathon if you've strong legs) without too much trouble. But for the shorter and faster runs, the Race R21 simply excels! It's also ideal for tempo and interval sessions on the track and will now play a huge part in my rotation of racing shoes.

I can't attest to its durability cos I've so far only used them for slightly more than a week but based on what I see, I'd say they're a pretty durable pair of shoes. Even after more than week with them, the outsole still looks pretty new, unlike a few other brands that I know. But with the mileage I'm doing these days, let's really see how durable they really are after a few weeks.

The Salming Race R21 is clearly a well thought out shoe. It's comfortable right out of the box and takes very little getting used to. It's lightweight with just the right amount of targeted support for your feet. If you're looking for something different in a racer, I'd say give the Salming Race R21 a shot. But, as with all minimalist and racers, some conditioning of the feet is needed to be comfortable in them so as to avoid any injuries down the road.

So far, I can't find anything negative to say about the shoe cos it simply works, for me at least. The only negative thing I can really say about the shoe is that I had to buy it myself ... Hahahahaha!

At present, Salming running shoes can only be purchased online through the official Salming distributors here at Salming MY-KL. Drop them an email at for more information on their range of running shoes and apparels. If you're in the Klang Valley, you can make arrangements with them to view and get your right size for the shoe cos I suspect you might have to size up from your current regular shoe sizes.

There is currently a promotion going on for a few specific models (Speed/Xplore/Race), so hurry on over and check them out. My pair of Salming Race R21 was purchased at a promo price of RM280.00 from the original price of RM350.00, a pretty good deal if you ask me and with a free pair of socks thrown in! Now I've got my eye set on the Salming Distance/Distance A3 and Speed models as next in line.

Disclaimer: This pair of Salming Race R21 was purchased personally by myself for this review.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

MPI Generali Run 2016 Updates

The MPI Generali run (It was known as MPIB back then) has always been one of my first race events that I take part in for the year. I've ran it twice and volunteered for it three times including the 2016 coming edition. I've always loved the race both as a runner and a volunteer.

That said, please take note that the registration for MPI Generali Run 2016 edition will be closing on the 30th of November 2015, so please hurry up and sign up cos you really don't want to miss all the fun.

For those who have already signed up, kindly take note that the REPC dates have been changed and moved closer to race day. The new dates are as follows:

Thursday, 7th January 2016 - 12.00pm to 8.00pm
Friday, 8th January 2016 - 12.00pm to 8.00 pm
Saturday, 9th January 2016 - 10am to 6.00pm
Location: Sports Hub (or Arena), 3rd Floor Lot 10 Shopping Mall.

There will be NO REPC collections at Padang Merbuk, so please take note, ya.

Another bit of news that you need to be aware of is that the My First Run Clinics (MFRC) has now been moved to a new location since Padang Merbuk is filled with events almost every week. The new location is at the Large Playground along Sri Hartamas 1, just a short walk from the Petronas Station. (GPS Coordinates 3.155964, 101.647603)

This will also be the location for this weekends MFRC which will see guest speaker Mr. Oon Kian Khong sharing his knowledge on strength training and the importance of building core muscles in running. He will also be demonstrating some exercises to improve core muscles and touch on the importance of stretching. So please remember to bring a MAT along for the exercises, unless of course you like lying on the roads :D

The clinic starts at 7.30 am with a short and easy 3km run around the large playground before the talk so please do turn up cos you'd come away with a lot more knowledge and tips on running.

And finally before I sign off, running doesn't always have to be so serious. There will be fun, food, games and lots of laughter awaiting you at the fifth session so do turn up and join in the fun too. In fact, tell all your friends and family about it, the more the merrier!

Be part of the excitement – register fast at before the 30 November 2015 closing date!

Don't say I never tell you guys things :D

Monday, November 2, 2015

The Long Road

The recent bad hazy spell that has been enveloping the country has really scuttled my comeback training plans quiet considerably. Runs have been very sporadic to say the least. I may be passionate about running but I also take my health very seriously and will not step foot out there to inhale anymore of that bad smoky haze than I have too.

These are times when I wish I had access to a gym but I'm not willing to pay the exorbitant gym fees and ridiculous contracts that come attached with it. Lots of races with some high profiled ones, have either been cancelled or postponed with many disgruntled runners screaming bloody murder at the organizers for making the decisions to cancel these races. Some of the rants are justified and some are just plain stupid but everyone has a right to say what they want I guess.

Personally, the cancellations hasn't affected me race wise, save for one cos I hardly sign up for races these days. With two confirmed marathons lined up three months apart the first half of next year, I'm putting more effort into the training that's required for it.

The evening heavy rains the past couple of days has been very welcomed. It has at least cleared a huge chunk of the haze and made the mornings absolutely beautiful to run. I've been getting some very consistent mileage again since the rains started and I'm hoping that the haze has finally gone away for good so I can really get down to a proper training plan which I need to draw up real soon.

Fitness wise, with the sporadic training I've been having before the rains, I'm far from where I was prior to my stress fracture injury. While the legs have not forgotten how to run and I'm still able to kick up a decent speed for the shorter runs, the endurance and stamina has taken a considerable beating but with the current consistent running I'm doing, my endurance and stamina seems to be improving steadily. A lot of work still needs to be done but I'm quietly confident that I'll get up to speed in time.

That said and done, I still have three races that need to be fulfilled for the year, the Mizuno Wave run which has been postponed because of the haze, the Amnig 'I am Warrior' run and the Putrajaya 52K. The first two events mentioned are no biggies but the P52K on the other hand is another matter entirely. I'm definitely under trained for it and only signed up cos of a certain 'chef' who wanted company to run, though if you asked him, he'll tell you otherwise. The GC group will see three runners including myself running the event. I'll won't name them in respect for their privacy but at least I'll have company throughout the night.

But in all honesty, I'm doing the P52K in honour of a running friend who recently passed away, Zack Zakaria. A nice fellow with a friendly disposition who shall be sorely missed. I'm not holding out much hope for my performance during the P52K. I'm just planning to have fun with my two partners in crime and hopefully that 'chef' fellow will be able to keep us awake through the night with his stories :D

Thursday, October 15, 2015

MPI Generali Run 2106 My First Run Clinic

It's that time of year again, folks. The MPI Generali Run 2016 running clinic back!

Date: 24th October 2015 - 12 December 2015*
Location: Padang Merbuk Car Park, Jalan Parlimen. 
Time: 7.30am

Besides the numerous talks from professionals in their field, running tips and health benefits you'll reap from the clinic, MPIG are also giving away free exclusive training vests on a first come first serve basis (and while stocks last) during the clinic so mark the dates in your diary or calendar now. 

See you all next Saturday bright and early.

* Session date, venue and time are subject to change with notice.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Press Release: Amnig | I Am Warrior 10km Run

6th August, 2015: Selangor was the official launch of Amnig | I Am Warrior 10km Run. Organized by AG Lifestyle Sdn Bhd and officiated by Mr. Colin Cheang, the Chief Executive Officer of Amnig, this event returns for the second year after a very successful turnout for Amnig | Run To The Max 2014.

Inspired by last year’s event, this year’s theme – I Am Warrior 10km Run’s vision and aspiration is to promote not only running as a healthy lifestyle but also to instill a spirit of warrior facing every challenges with full commitment and endurance to the last. Incorporated into this year’s run are fun activities before and after. We have received many sponsors to collaborate with us.

Warm up session by E-Fitness.
Warrior face paint challenge.
Taping for prevention by WQ Park. 

Beverage by Suntory at various interval drink station.

Light refreshments & Suntory Beverage 
Amnig mini runway show. 
Prize Giving. 
Face painting challenge result. 
Lucky draws. 
Amnig : wheel of fortune. 
Speed Kick challenge demonstrating speed, agility, strength. 
Therapist demonstration of preventive and recovering of injuries. 
E-Fitness displaying their services. 

And that is not all, goodies bag full of surprises – for starters a specially designed Dry-Fit running T-Shirt awaits you.

With the 4 categories opened for registration, the event has received encouraging response from the running community. The Organizer target to register 2,000 runners over the two (2) distances – 10km and 5km.

Amnig | I Am Warrior 10km Run is scheduled to be held on the 6th December 2015, at West Garden Boulevard, ONE City, Selangor.

Online registration of Amnig | I Am Warrior 10km Run can be made at The Marathon shop.

For group registration with discount, register at or email to  

Don't forget to  'Like' the event page on Facebook at for up to date information on the run.

Race Entry Pack Collection
Date: 3rd & 4th December 2015 (Time : 12pm – 8pm); 5th December 2015 (Time : 10am – 6pm)
Venue: Amnig Concept Store @ 83A, Jalan 21/37, Damansara Utama, PJ. 

About Amnig: 

Amnig (a private label) is a sportswear focusing on performance and sports-inspired lifestyle design and make for running, training, wellness / fitness and team sports. The high quality De-Hydrato fabric is used in our “Amnig Maxforce Compression” line for HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) sports e.g. mixed martial arts, boot camp and triathlon. Amnig’s emblem, the contour of the face of a race horse, symbolising speed, agility and strength inspiring our workmanship/ innovation in material and design to new boundaries by fusing , sports and lifestyle to creating comfortable sportswear for warm-ups (pre-workout) and fashionable for high street lifestyle (post-workout). Shop online at at an affordable price.


In conjunction with the race, Amnig has so graciously offered readers of my blog 9 complimentary entries to participate in the event on the 6th of December 2015. To get one of the 9 slots, just leave a comment here stating you'd like to to run and I'll send you the registration details. Please leave your valid email in the comment section (or private message me your email if you'd like to keep your email private) before the 31st October 2015. That's all you need to do for a free slot. Easy peasy, rig? Only the first 9 comments will receive the complimentary entry.