Saturday, 26 January 2013

Anima Sana In Corpore Sano

Healthy soul in a healthy body.

In short : ASICS

I got my first pair after countless pairs of Nikes, Adidas, Brooks...
I tried a LOT of shoes when I was at Running Lab. I mean a LOT. After all the trying, I was asked whether I wanted to try the top-end shoes and I acquiesced. OMG! It was love at first slip. I "slipped" into the shoes and felt good. It felt right. Never mind the crazy price tag. 

I got it, because I'm worth it. ^^

My first ASICS. An ASICS Gel-Kayano 19 no less.

Can't say the state of my wallet is healthy after this acquisition though! Hu~

To think that I initially had planned to "just" get a 60% off Mizuno Wave Creation. xD
While we were at the shop, I signed up the family for a three-person relay race called the "Pisang Relay" A relay with bananas as batons. It should be fun. :)

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  1. Asics? They were good, but I heard from a friend that they aren't as good. What should I know though. I love my Nike Structure Triax. My feet are so used to them that I just can't wear any other shoes. I tried the Kayanos a couple years go. I really tried but the shoes I got were a bit too big. Maybe a half size too big. That or a full size too big. Either way, the Structure Triax are my runners of choice. My feet love them and I'll always stick with them, even though they changed the design dramatically this year.

    Also note, I can't buy shoes in Japan because I have feet that are just too big. I might buy some in Singapore this year as I have a trip planned. :)

    PS: Hope the shoes are great in the long run. I think it takes a while to get used to them though.

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    1. I just had my first run in them this morning. No issues other than my lazy left foot made a lot of noise in them. Need to rectify my gait... which I've been trying to do for ages. Heel striking looked pronounce wearing this shoes (Zaini took photos of me running, so I can check my running form) but it'll probably improve in future runs. *fingers crossed*

      What's your size? Funny, there was a guy who entered the shop while I was trying out shoes and the first question he asked the staff was : "What's the biggest size shoes you have in stock". By the way, it's Size 12 and it was not big enough for the guy.

      I have a LunarGlide+2. Fast shoes. Firm. I managed to get a 10th placing once upon a time. BUT it gives me blisters. Plus, can't run on wet pavement with them. Felt too slippery. Hmmm... maybe I should try the Structure Triax. Colour not to funky for my taste though. xD

      I used to say Nike shoes are way too expensive but after getting this ASICS shoes, I think I need to review that statement of mine as I haven't seen any Nike shoes that cost almost RM700 yet!

      p.s Going to Singapore? When? For the F1?

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    2. "What's your size?" You mean fundoshi size? ;)

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    3. I wear size 12 (30cm). Men's sizes in Japan reach 10, sometimes 11, but not too often. The Triax are good for me, but a lot of people don't like them. For the distance needed to run in them, they last long enough. My Kayanos were a bit big, as I said, so it hurt my hips (bone wise). With the Triax, my body is fine when I run. Old hip injuries mean bad shoes are not good. Old ones too. :(

      Never tried the LunarGlide. Didn't like the look. I am happy with the regular colours as I usually use them for my walking shoes too, once they are retired from running.

      Nike is never expensive. Asics... wow. I want to try the Mizunos though.

      Singapore: Yeah, for F1. Going a week early and heading to a private island in Indonesia for 2 nights. Hoping to do some shopping and relax as much as possible. Can't wait. The beer will be flowing for sure. :D

      Ru: My fundoshi size is a 32 waist (31 at times) and a large pocket. :P

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    4. I need to have another look at Mizuno too.

      This running thing is getting more and more expensive for me. Blame it on my penchant to colour schemes instead of real benefit of getting a good shoes! :(

      Injuries - due to motorbike or running?

      Have fun in Singapore! *envy*

      Ru : you going fundoshi shopping soon? ;p

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    5. Dru, wait, cognitive dissonance!

      First you say, "The beer will be flowing for sure." Then you say, "My fundoshi size is a 32 waist." Not after all that beer it won't be! :D

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    6. Lina, leopard skin loincloths from Africa coming up soon.

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    7. For Dru? Or on someone else. With a butt of a taiko drummer (or whoever that guy was that you saw with ermmm... pert butt) xD

      That I got to see. :)

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    8. Lina: Motorbike, I think. It never hurt for a long time, but having good shoes helps. It hurts to sit cross legged for a long time, or under a kotatsu as well.

      Ru: That's why I need to run. Then again, I don't drink THAT much beer. Okay, maybe I do.... but if my waist gets past 32, I'll be on a real diet of no beer and lots of exercise.

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    9. Guess you'd better run & exercise a lot to maintain that waistline because I bet a diet of no beer is no fun at all. ;p

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    10. If push comes to shove, I will cut the beer. But running more is easier. Well, not really.

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    11. But cutting beer will definitely feel harder. No? ;p

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    12. Nah. Not that much harder. I still have other joys in life. I never really drank much till I came to Japan. Now I wonder if I drink too much... ... ^^;

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  2. Acixs, Nike, Addidas are popular companies, you know I used to wear Nike shoes and play basketball :)

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  3. Pffft. We do it in bare feet in Africa. :p

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    1. We as in people other than you? ;)

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    2. Well, Ru's not in Africa at the mo'. ;p

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    3. Ha! I once walked half the Fanie Botha Hiking Trail (link here) in bare feet because I'd developed such a massive blister that I couldn't possibly wear a hiking boot.

      Dru, Google "Zola Budd".

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    4. Zola Budd is my idol.

      I walk barefoot as a cooldown ritual after a long run nowadays (read: blister)

      Ru : ooooohhhhh the trail is similar to trails you find here in Malaysia! Waterfall! Icy cold water during a sweaty excursion. Heaven!

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    5. You'd love SA's hiking trails! ^^ Yes, the water (or more precisely, running water in high mountains) is icy and clean enough to drink. That is, BEFORE you jump into it with your sweaty feet! :p

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    6. So, how often do you run barefoot now?

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    7. Ru, aren't you suppose to answer Dru? ;)

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    1. But of course.

      I was given a few good, sensible shoes to try and I turn my nose on them. They were blue. WHY ON EARTH DOES BROOKS WOMEN SHOES COME IN BLUE. MEN HAVE RED!

      SO I told the "uncle" owner that I like pink and voila - he rolled out all the pink shoes or with hints that they have and that he thought better suited me. Hahaha

      p.s. It has neon yellow sole. Niceeeeee....

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    2. Ask Zaini pretty please can he take backside photos of you running the Pisang Rally? (Ja, rally, I've renamed it.) I want to see yellow soles plus yellow bananas! :D

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    3. I wonder how much longer I'll write Pisang before my mother tongue launches a coup d'état and makes me write Piesang? ^^

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    4. Piesang-padresies (road race). Can I call it the Piesang-padresies?

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    5. Whatever you wish, Madam. :)

      Pad = road? Resies = road?

      Piesang-pasresies sounds fun to say out aloud. :)

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    6. Pad = road/path and resies = race. Piesang-padresies is a bit of a tongue-twister but I've always been a sucker for alliteration.

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    7. PS: Thanks for my butt shot. :D

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    8. Anything to please a fellow jungle woman. :)

      When will you go missing, by the way?

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  5. Hey Bananaz should be running in this Pisang Relay hahaha.

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    1. Absolutely you should! You and Lina should have a pisang duel while running! :D

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    2. Oooo now that's an idea.

      Just imagine how popular we would be there, Bananaz. ;)

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  6. Been wearing my Asics for two decades until today but didn't know it stands for Anima Sana In Corpore Sano..tQ

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    1. Your ASICS sure is sturdy Bananaz!

      The same one you blogged about, once upon a time?

      I tend to wear out mine after 6 months. T_____T

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  7. I think expensive shoes are worth paying for, considering how much you are going to torture yourself in them, I mean enjoy yourself in them.

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    1. Hahahah... Yes, that's exactly what I told myself. I'm gonna put a LOT of mileage this year, might as well get this baby. Have to give my long suffering legs and feet a pit of pampering too. :)

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  8. Aren't you going to publish your butt shot here, too? :p

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    1. I don't want to blind anyone with it. xD

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  9. Whatever makes you comfortable in and gets you to run regularly is worth it. Too bad shoes change so often that once this pair wears out, you can't find the exact model.

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    1. That's why some of us keep stock of our favourite shoes. ;)

      Shoes model changes as fast as handphones and cameras upgrade their model! o.O

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  10. I love Nike's sport shoes! They are so comfort to wear! :D

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