Wednesday, October 10, 2012

All About The 'Sole' ...

Being a little way over my neck with work at the office, I was kinda surprised that I managed to get home early and squeeze in a short run with the wife just before the rain came down. My mileage the past week has been less than stellar and anytime I get to squeeze in a run is greatly appreciated.

After the run, I was giving my shoe once over. I have this habit of looking at the condition of my shoes after each run to dig out small pebbles and whatnots and also to see the damage I do to them after my runs. It so happened the wife's GObionic which she used earlier was lying next to mine and out of curiosity I checked her shoe out.

That's when I noticed the sole of her shoe has a lot more wear and tear damage than mine. The forefoot section of her she looks pretty scuffed compared to mine, which is a good indication of her change of running styles, from a heavy heel striker to a more forefoot/mid-foot runner. It's a little surprising though cos I would have expected the outsoles to be a little more durable.

The wife is an under pronator which explains the more scuffed lateral side of the shoe. Noticed that the shoe actually lacks a rubber plug there which I thought was odd from the first time I picked the shoe up from Skechers. I guess being a totally flat zero drop shoe, it doesn't really cater for under pronation. 

The wife's GObionic
My GObionic
The wife and me have more both put more than 70km with the GObionic and notice the different wear and tear patterns on our shoes. I guess the wear and tear is also partly due to the fact I'm lighter on my feet than the wife but I seriously believe an additional rubber plug on the lateral side would make a considerable difference to prolonging the wear and tear of the outsole. Something to look into for a future iteration of the shoe, Skechers Performance?

Other than that noticeable difference the wife is simply relishing running in the shoe. It's been her shoe of choice for all her training sessions and races. The shoe has really made her consciously change her running style to a forefoot runner and has done a world of good to her her form and performance. She's simply running much better in them and is even worried that if they one day discontinue the shoe, she'll have problems with her running ... LOL! And the shoe isn't even launched here yet!

She's now looking forward to putting it for her first 21km test at the coming Putrajaya Night Marathon next week while I'm going to be putting mine to a full 42km test. I know it works just fine for a half marathon but we'll see how it goes for a full.

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  1. It's so much fun to run with your partner or your friends. So much fun! Neways, all the best for your wife's first 21km and ur 42km! :) Looking forward for that post. I'm excited for both.

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    1. It's always fun running with someone. Actually it's not her first 21K, she's done quite a lot oredi, it's the first time she's going to run a 21K with the Bionic :D

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  2. Only 70km? The durability is the main reason that I hold back from getting GoRun series and perhaps later on this model too. I am cheapo and wish to use any of my shoes for 1000km +++. I am still on/off running with my old yellow color VFF with the hole underneath :P

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    1. I'm sure it'll last more than 70K la, it's just the way the wife runs, especially since she under pronates. Mine looks pretty decent and I'm betting it'll last around 500-600km?

      1,000 plus kilometers? I really can't use shoes after a maximum of 500-600km, I really can feel the difference of the cushioning which is why I keep them to around 500km or so.

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  3. So... I'll be toeing the line along with your wife lah, next week. :)

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    1. Looks like it. All the best to you? Next year, grab your hubby to join along.

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