>7/25/13: The 39th Annual Marathon Sports 5-Miler - Recap and Results

by Stride Longley
on July 25, 2014



After a few years of rain and unbearable heat, we FINALLY got a day with perfect conditions for the 39th Annual Marathon Sports 5 Miler, on Thursday July 24th 2014! A heat wave followed by a few brief showers cooled everything off just enough to get us in to the high 60’s for race time. It also lead to some tremendous competition overall and across all age groups. Full results are up and finish line pictures can be found here courtesy of Marathon Sports (photo credit to Audra Norvaisa).

Congratulations go out to all 851 competitors who crossed the finish line this year. With your participation each and every year, you personally have contributed to helping Marathon Sports raise over $140,000 over the past few years for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Massachusetts, our primary race beneficiary.


This year held some very quick times across the board, with races coming right down to the wire. We had new overall winners for both the men and women this year! On the men’s overall side, Marathon Sports’ own Rob Gibson took the crown with a winning time of 24:55. Not only was Gibson quick, but second place finisher, John Murray, was able to squeak under 25 minutes, having an unbelievable kick to squeak by third place finisher David Melly.




On the women’s side, we had another Marathon Sports’ employee coming in first. Audrey Gould of Somerville finished in 29:11, 31 seconds ahead of second place finisher Stephanie Wilson. Rounding out the top 3 was Laura Brustolon in a time of 30:21.


For the 5th Annual Brooks Coed Team Challenge we had some great performances, but it was the Lesley XC Alumni who stole the show. The team comprised of Francis Cusick, Brian Axelrod, Keryn Thorzaldsen and Leah Miller finished with an overall time of 1:58:34. We love to see your college team spirit carry over on to the streets of Weston. Keep it up!


Lastly, our sincere thanks also go out to all the sponsors and vendors: Brooks, Poland Spring, Dominos Pizza, When Pigs Fly Bakery, Health Warrior Chia Bars, Milestone Pod, DRINKmaple, Larabar, Core Power, Cascadian Farm, Fuel for Fire, ZICO, Joint Ventures PT, Tri Jake, Feetures and Wegmans; without you all, none of this would be possible. 
Also, the Town of Weston, its residents, and its schools: we sincerely thank you for letting us run rampant through your streets, trails, and fields each year. While we pledge to leave the place looking better than we find it every time, we appreciate your continuing support, and we couldn't ask for a better place for our little race to call home.
We're extremely grateful for you all, and we look forward to seeing each and every one of you again next year for our 40th Anniversary!


by Stride Longley
on July 01, 2014

by staff contributor Dan Soleau


Several months ago Garmin debuted it’s first fitness tracker – the vivofit.  The market was already fairly saturated – Nike Fuelband, Polar Loop, Jawbone, an array of FitBits, not to mention the countless apps available for smartphones.


There were a number of things that drew me to the vivofit.  I’ve been a loyal Garmin customer since the days of the bulky and unwieldy Forerunner 205.  Garmin products have always been reliable, easy to use, and generally the more sophisticated option on the market.


And so I became the proud new owner of a vivofit.  And the love affair began…


I have tested several of the other fitness trackers on the market – Fuelband, FitBit, and a couple of the smartphone apps – but I have not purchased any of them.  After testing them, I usually found some sort of fault that I knew would drive me crazy further down the line.  The three faults that seemed to be universal were:  the product was not waterproof, the product needed to be recharged every few days, and the display was either non-existent or very small.  These aren’t necessarily big issues, but I appreciate it when gadgets and gizmos are as hassle-free as possible.


The vivofit is waterproof, and boasts a (non) rechargeable battery life of 1+ year.  It is so convenient that I almost never have to take it off.  In the past 3 months I’ve only taken it off to go through airport security.  Other than that, it has stayed on my wrist through workouts, work, sleeping, showering, running, and every other daily activity.


After downloading Garmin Connect – Garmin’s Fitness Software – to my iPhone, I was able to activate, personalize, and sync my vivofit using Bluetooth.  There are a number of interesting features beyond the traditional counting of steps and calories. 


Vivofit has a component that tracks how restful your sleep is.  You can either set your sleep and wake time in Garmin Connect, or you can manually put the vivofit in and out of sleep mode with the easy to use single operating button on the unit.  You can also adjust your sleep/wake time for a specific day if you had a particularly late night out, woke up early, etc.  The vivofit will sync wirelessly with the app on your smartphone and you can look through the data and see just how restful your night’s sleep was.  I almost always have a spike in movement around 2am – right in the middle of my sleep cycle.


The step counter is bad news if you are OCD.  I obsess over my steps.  OBSESS.  Based on my level of activity, age, gender, height, and weight, Garmin has determined that my daily steps goal should be about 16,000.  When I was training for the Boston Marathon, I would crush that goal every single day and usually end up around 30,000 steps.  Now that I’m not training for anything I usually come in somewhere between 15,000 and 20,000 steps a day.  Based on the accelerometer metrics in the vivofit, that’s somewhere between 12 and 17 miles a day – not too shabby, especially considering that the guard in “Orange is the New Black” has a daily goal of 10,000 and will march in place while working to try to hit his goal.


The metrics that Garmin uses to convert steps into mileage seems to be fairly accurate – within about 5%.


There are two different screens that show your steps.  The first is your total for the day – it’s constantly counting up.  The second is how far you are from your daily goal – it’s constantly counting down until you hit your goal, and then it starts counting up to show you how much you’ve crushed the day.  It’s very satisfying to watch the daily goal countdown go the other way.


Another feature that will drive the OCD a bit mad is the “Move Bar”.  The vivofit features a foreboding band of red that pops up at the top of the digital display when you’ve been inactive for an extended period of time – around an hour.  The longer you are inactive, the longer that ominous red bar becomes.  It only goes away when you get up and move around for an amount of time that the vivofit has predetermined is enough to reward you by making the red bar go away.


Vivofit has been durable.  Over the past several months it has logged hundreds of miles of running, hundreds of weight workouts, and hundreds of hours of manual labor while I lifted and hauled boxes.  My vivofit has even been to Dublin, London, and Paris =)  It has popped off my wrist a couple times, but usually because I caught it on something like a car door or jacket sleeve that opened the closure.


What I love:

-       Long battery life

-       Doesn’t need to be recharged

-       Waterproof

-       Step counter/goal counter

-       Sleep metrics

-       Wireless Bluetooth syncing with smartphone

-       Durability

-       Big giant display


Now – here’s the things that I don’t love about vivofit (I feel so unfaithful typing that).


I wish the band were thinner.  The tan line is pretty noticeable.  But – to have a nice big display, you need to have a sturdy bulky-ish band.


I wish the accelerometer (which is pretty accurate throughout the course of a day) didn’t count my showers as steps.  Seriously – I’m not sure if it’s the motion of shampooing or scrubbing, but something about showering tricks the vivofit into thinking you’re walking around and will add steps to your total.


That’s it.  The bulkiness of the band, and the unreliability of the step counter while showering.  Not too shabby considering the list of what I love about the vivofit.


Another great feature, which I haven’t personally used, is that the vivofit is heart rate strap compatible.  If you’re on a long bike ride, the vivofit will not be counting your steps and understand that you just biked 50 miles over the course of 2 or 3 hours.  In fact, the “move bar” would probably pop up despite your level of activity.  If you wear a heart rate strap, it will capture that activity – not in the form of steps, but in heart rate.  This is great for any activity where the hands/arms aren’t used as much – stairmaster, walking with a stroller, spinning, weight-lifting.


Vivofit’s $129.99 price (without HRM strap) falls right in the middle of comparable units from other brands.  Most of the wearable bands will fall into the $100 - $150 range.


At the price point, vivofit is by far the superior product on the market.  Ease of use, wireless syncing, no need to charge, waterproof – it’s time for you to begin your own love affair with vivofit.

>7/1/14: SPORTS BRA'S 101

by Stride Longley
on July 01, 2014


Sports bras are not much different than sneakers, getting fit is essential to comfortable runs!

What works for one woman is different than what will work for another.  That is why it is best to pick a sports bra based on specific activity. 

Sports Bra Technology

How does a sports bra provide support?  Most sports bra’s use compression and/or encapsulation.  Compression is the spandex that you will find in the fiber content of most sports bras.  The spandex helps press the breasts against the chest wall.  Encapsulation on the other hand is what separates each breast, enveloping them, this is what prevents the dreaded uni-boob from happening.  The most supportive sports bras provide a combination of both of these technologies.

In addition, many sports bras are now being made with contouring.  The contouring or molded cups help restrict movement. Also, they provide a level of modesty so that when the bra gets sweaty you won’t have to worry that you are totally exposed. 

Racerback vs Open Back

Open back sports bras provide easy on and off back closures, which is ideal after a good workout.  They have adjustable straps as well, so you can really customize the fit.

While racer backs will provide additional support (think like a harness), they are not always the easiest to get on and off especially if you have had a recent injury to your neck or shoulders or had breast surgery; that is when a supportive bra with a back closure may be a better option. However, some newer racerback styles now come with adjustable straps and back closures.

Right Fit is Key

When you first purchase a sports bra the band should be tight enough that you can only fit a finger or two under the band, but still breathe comfortably.  Ideally if it has an adjustable back closure it should be fastened on the loosest clasp so that as you wear it and it stretches out you can clasp it tighter so that you get the support you need throughout the life of the sports bra.  Also, if you feel that the support is coming from the straps, the band is likely too loose, the support should come from the band. 

When it comes to the right cup size it’s all about making sure that you don’t have cleavage showing (if this is happening try a bigger cup size) and the cups should not be wrinkled (too big of a cup).

Replacing Your Sports Bra

A sports bra lasts approximately the same amount of time as a pair of shoes, so when you purchase your next pair of shoes add on a bra and get rid of one in your closet.  This way you are ensuring that you are getting good support and are not needlessly stretching your Cooper’s ligament, the connective tissue that gives your breasts their uprightness. 

A Few of our Favorites!

Hot Shot by Moving Comfort-We love this bra because of the patterned straps, if they suddenly show from under your shirt it looks totally fine!  Also, if you are active throughout the day it is nice to have a sports bra on that will give support, without feeling completely strapped in!

Stow-n-Go by The NorthFace Ever looking to stash a credit card, hotel key, money or energy gel?  This bra has a hidden pocket that you could even stuff a pair of running socks in, but don’t worry it is situated in a way that you don’t have to be concerned about chafing. 

Vixen A/B & Vixen C/D by Moving Comfort- An easy over your head sports bra that gives great support; you can choose between the A/B cup version and the C/D cup version.  This bra has S.Cafe molded cups, which provide modesty when it is wet or sweaty.  S.Cafe is a fiber that is made from coffee grounds and is naturally antibacterial and odor resistant.  The Vixen is great if you have issues with straps falling down on you.

Juno by Moving Comfort-Moving Comforts most supportive racerback style sports bra.  This bra is difficult to get on, but it is the go to bra if you want to be reassured that your sports bra is not going to be what holds you back from being able to complete your next workout.  This bra comes in B-DD cup. 

Fiona by Moving Comfort- Our go-to-bra!  This bra is great because it fits so many women.  It has adjustable straps and back closures. It is one of our favorites!  This bra is made in B-DD cup and is ideal for someone who is nursing, has had a recent surgery, narrow shoulders, and uneven breasts or just wants a comfortable sports bra.

Jubralee by Moving Comfort- The Jubralee has more of a precision fit, so when you try this one on lean forward and scoop each breast into place.  This is an ideal option if you have uneven breasts because it has great adjustability. it’s Moving Comforts most supportive open back sports bra, making it a great option if you are used to wearing two bras instead of one.

>6/30/14: Shoe Review - Saucony Ride 7

by Stride Longley
on June 30, 2014

written by staff contributor Dave Welsh

With so many great neutral trainers in the run specialty market, it becomes challenging for vendors to differentiate their product from the competition without pushing themselves into a smaller or niche market. We’ve all experienced the difficulties of finding a shoe that both fits our foot and feels comfortable enough to make us want to get out there and pound out some serious mileage. Well have no fear neutral runners! Behold the Saucony Ride 7, boasting a set of updated and new features that propels it to the forefront of the neutral trainer market.

The 8mm drop, the standard heel-toe offset of Saucony trainers, is just one of the features that distinguishes the Ride from its competitors in the neutral trainer category. In addition, Saucony’s patented PowerGrid cushioning system runs from the heel to the toe of the Ride, ensuring a lightweight (9.4 oz. for men and 8.5 oz. for women) and comfortable feel without overbearing firmness. A new component of the Ride 7 is the implementation of full ground contact, complemented by two SRC crashpads located in the medial heel and midfoot of the shoe. Full ground contact allows for greater torsional flexibility, and consequently a smoother transition while running. The upper of the Ride 7 is laced with seamless overlays that provide a more consistent fit than its predecessor and help to hold the foot in place. Moreover, Saucony’s RunDry material lines the upper of the shoe, ensuring that your foot stays cool and dry even on the hottest Boston summer days.

After taking the Ride 7 out for a few runs this past week, I was impressed by the changes made by Saucony to improve upon the previous model. Over time, we all accumulate wear and tear, mine being the effects of eight years of football on my lower body, so having a shoe that is lightweight yet comfortable enough to ensure that previous injuries and persistent problems do not keep you off the road is crucial. The combination of these features delivers a streamlined, smooth, and lighter ride (haha…get it?) that is sure to keep you a happy runner!


To purchase the Men's Ride 7….CLICK HERE

To purchase the Women's Ride 7….CLICK HERE




>6/2/14: Accessory Review - Tifosi Optics Sunglasses

by Stride Longley
on June 02, 2014


I’ve worn sunglasses most of my life. In my younger and more vulnerable years, it was in an effort to look cool, you know, Tom Cruise in RISKY BUSINESS, Tom Cruise in TOP GUN, Tom Cruise in RAIN MAN… you get the point. Later in life it was a mix of form and function. Sure, I wanted to look cool, but I also wanted to be sure that I was protecting my eyes from all of those harmful UVA and UVB rays that you hear about.


When I started running and training more I knew that I needed to find a solution that would first and foremost function well for all of the hours that I spend out on the road and hopefully have a form that was appealing. I mean who doesn’t want to look badass in their race photos?! Would a cheap $7 pair of glasses meet my needs? Perhaps. Would a $300 pair of glasses cut it? I’m sure they would. I was hoping to find a pair somewhere in the middle. That’s when I learned about Tifosi.

Tifosi Optics is a leader in technical sports eyewear. Styles range from cost effective single lens frames starting around $40 up to Polarized and Polarized Fototec lens options that can cost around $100. They also make a wide range of interchangeable lens options, which is what first caught my attention.


As you probably know, living in New England, you need to be prepared for all conditions. From the hot August sun glaring off of the roads in Falmouth, to the February sleet blowing sideways in Newton, to the black flies swarming at dusk on the back roads of Maine in May, Mother Nature can throw a lot at your eyes. Having one case with three options to meet all of those challenges sounded very intriguing; having that option cost between $60 and $70 sold me.


After trying on a few different models, the Slip seemed to fit me and my needs best. The glasses felt secure but not tight or pinching. I liked how they wrapped around my face a bit, providing protection for the corners of my eyes. Knowing that no two noses are exactly alike, a number Tifosi models come with adjustable nose pieces and ear pads. The lenses, which block 100% of UVA and UVB rays are constructed from a scratch resistant, shatterproof polycarbonate material and the frame is constructed from Grilamid TR-90, a nylon material known for extreme flexibility, light weight, and resistance to chemical and UV damage. Overall the glasses felt light but sturdy.


On the run the glasses don’t budge, even when I wear them on the top of my head. The hydrophilic rubber ear and nose pieces made for no-slip fit, even when sweating heavily. The lenses are slightly vented which allows greater air flow and reduces the risk of lens fogging. Rarely have I had a problem with fogging, and if they do it seems to dissipate immediately.


As mentioned earlier, these glasses come with a set of interchangeable lenses, a dark lens for full-sun conditions, a rose tinted lens for cloudy conditions, and a clear lens for low light. Why would I need a clear lens? Ask that question the next time a bug flies into your eye during an evening run. The lenses and frame come in a hardshell case so I don’t have to worry about them being crushed at the bottom of my gear bag. My one improvement or wish would be that the case had a foam bed that I could set the frame and lenses in. Otherwise, if you are looking for a high end, technical pair of sunglasses that are of solid quality and won’t break the bank, I suggest you slide on down to your nearest Marathon Sports location and pick up a pair of Tifosis. Not only will you have a solid, versatile pair of shades, you’ll also look badass in your next race photos.

>6/2/14: Shoe Review - Adidas Sequence Boost

by Stride Longley
on June 02, 2014

by staff contributor Zach Mione 

Have you been looking for a soft, responsive, trainer that provides some stability for over pronation?  If so, the new Adidas Sequence Boost might be just the shoe for you!

In the past, the Sequence had always played 3rd of 4th fiddle to other shoes in the moderate stability category. That being said, I have been a fan of Adidas Boost shoes and my expectations for the Sequence Boost were pretty high... 

When I laced the Sequence Boost up for the first time, the first thing I noticed was how comfortable the upper felt.  The seamless, engineered mesh gave me the feeling that my foot was nice and secure, but in no way restricted.  Within the first few steps, I also noticed how soft the shoe felt. Adidas added their Boost technology to the midsole providing a very plush platform with a high energy return.  The Stableframe posting under the arch provides a good amount of stability and still allows for a smooth transition through the gait cycle. Weighing in at 10.9 ounces for men and 9.2 ounces for women, the Sequence Boost is one of the lighter shoes in the moderate stability category. The lack of weight and bulk kept my legs feeling fresh throughout my runs. However, the MOST important improvement to the Sequence Boost, in my personal opinionis that if finally looks good! 

With the release of the Sequence Boost, it is safe to say that Adidas is back in the stability game! Let's face it, we all want a shoe that not only feels great, but also looks great. This shoe gives you the best of both worlds! 

>6/2/14: Apparel Review - CWX Pro Short

by Stride Longley
on June 02, 2014

CWX PRO SHORT by staff contributor Mark Williamson


Every runner has their go to choice for runderwear; whether it’s a good pair of boxer briefs or simply using the built in liner of your favorite shorts, most of us have some sort of standard outfit we stick to.

I recently had the opportunity to step out of my usual undergarments and try out a pair of CWX Pro Short Tights. The pro shorts are designed to provide support for your major muscles and guidance to keep your joints tracking correctly during extension and contraction, both of which reduce workload and help with efficiency. Being an athlete who has had more injuries than I can count, I figured the extra support and reduced strain sounded too good to not give it a fair try. I was able to test out the shorts in a few running workouts as well as a few sessions in the gym, during which I was fairly impressed with the product. The CWX Pro Shorts have support webs which are designed to assist your legs as you extend and contract your muscles, which provide some great assistance for any running workout as well as most leg lifts. I would describe it as bit of a rubber band sensation, really helping me push back to full extension while doing squats at the gym and during my sprint workouts at the track. They may not be a replacement for my everyday compression shorts, but I will definitely be using them on days where I’m doing a bit more push oriented movements.

In terms of fit, they are a bit longer than your typical pair of short tights, ending just above the knee. The added length is there in order to add support coverage to the entire quad and hamstring. Because of the support webs and structure of the tights they are a bit thicker than your average tights, but this also means that, for the bold, they can be worn on their own without an over layer.

Whether it’s reducing fatigue on a long run, or adding that bit of extra power to your speed workouts, the CWX Pro Short Tight is a good choice of runderwear that I would recommend for any athlete looking for that extra bit of support.





80% Coolmax/20% Lycra 4-way stretch body fabric moisture wicks and provides a UV protection rating of UPF 40+ (that's really good)



  • Shorts are anatomically engineered for each gender, providing comfort, ease of movement and a better fit
  • Reflective logo provides extra visibility in the dark
  • Flat seam construction eliminates abrasions, increases comfort and enhances fit
  • Key pocket and double-reinforced waistband with flat draw cord


Not sure of your size? Check out the convenient sizing guides below for both men and women:



>5/20/14: Run to Remember Less Than a Week Away

by Stride Longley
on May 20, 2014

You've almost made it! 2014's Run to Remember is only 6 days away.


Here are a few facts you need to know:


Order of Events


Friday May 23 


5pm - 7pm: Unofficial Packet Pick Up @ Seaport World Trade Center Boston


Saturday May 24


9am - 5pm: Packet Pick-up @ Seaport World Trade Center Boston

9am - 5pm: Sports and Fitness Expo @ Seaport World Trade Center Boston

9am - 4pm: Kids and Adult Events @ Seaport World Trade Center Expo

10am: Kids Fun Runs @ World Trade Center Avenue (above expo hall)


Sunday May 25


6am: Packet Pick Up @ Seaport World Trade Center Boston

7am: Half Marathon Start @ Seaport Boulevard

7am: 5-Mile Start @ Seaport Boulevard

11am - 1pm: Event Celebration @ Seaport World Trade Center Boston


Keep in mind that this year's Run to Remember has the Half Marathon and the 5-Mile start at THE SAME TIME. 

For packet pick-up, you can have a friend or family member pick up your bib; however, you need to make sure that they have their ID with them when they go to pick it up.

Participant Amenities 

All registered runners will receive the following for running the race:
  • Short sleeve race shirt
  • Finisher medal
  • Chip Timing
  • Bag Check
  • Post Race Food
  • Aid Stations
  • Free Access to the Sport and Fitness Expo


Race Course

The courses for Boston's Run To Remember will take participants on a truly historic tour of downtown Boston. Highlights include the State House, Government Center, Faneuil Hall, Boston Common, The Public Garden, the Old State House, and Post Office Square.


For those venturing out on the half marathon course you have the added bonus of running through additional Boston historical sections including Back Bay with the backdrop of the Boston skyline to inspire your every step. These USATF certified courses are fast, well supported and an amazing opportunity to experience historical Boston like no other.


Sport and Fitness Expo


Boston’s Run To Remember is more than just a run, it’s a weekend long celebration at the Seaport World Trade Center Boston. Join Marathon Sports with free admission Saturday May 24 and Sunday May 25, 2014 for a weekend of fun. There will be activities for both adults and children so bring the entire family.


• Sports and Fitness Expo – Over 30 exhibitors will be in attendance from throughout the US. Find great savings, sample new products, talk to nationally recognized athletes and service providers. Admission is free and open to all ages. Schedule is

Saturday May 24, 9AM to 5PM
Sunday May 25, 6AM to 12PM


• Children's Alley – Activities include jump rooms, clowns, K-9 demonstrations (if available), story telling, kids safety programs and much more. So bring the entire family. (Activities subject to change, others to be added.)


Don't forget to come visit Marathon Sports in the Sports and Fitness Expo!


Enjoy the race and good luck.


>5/7/14: Apparel Review - Adidas ClimaChill™ Apparel

by Stride Longley
on May 07, 2014

by Assistant Apparel Buyer Siobhan Duffy


Recently Adidas launched their new ClimaChill™ line of apparel, which just hit select Marathon Sports shelves this past week. The new cooling apparel technology known as ClimaChill™ incorporates an innovative fabric made from titanium infused flat-weave yarn and aluminum cooling spheres that feel cool upon skin contact. ClimaChill™ is the most breathable and fastest drying material Adidas has ever created.


The Aluminum cooling spheres both help transfer heat away from the body and prevent fabric from clinging to the skin while running. The aluminum cooling spheres are strategically located to correspond with the warmest areas of the body – the back, neck, and forearms. As the aluminum cooling spheres touch the skin you can feel an instant cooling sensation.



The titanium flat-weave yarn is woven through the inside of each article of ClimaChill™ clothing. Flat yarn has more surface area than traditional yarn allowing for quicker evaporation and a cooling feel as your body heats up.  


ClimaChill™ apparel will be the perfect addition to your summer running wardrobe. This new innovative technology will keep your body temperature low allowing you to run harder, longer, and faster.

>5/7/14: Shoe Review - Asics Nimbus 16

by Stride Longley
on May 07, 2014

by Staff Contributor Rebecca Tadema-Wielandt



I have been on a mission this spring to find a high cushion running shoe, a shoe that provides that cushy feel without a lot of bulk and added weight.  I want it all: fit, comfort and durability. And a shoe that will continue to feel great after 10, 12, 14 milers and beyond, if my training goes as planned!  After testing out several high cushion models I found the Nimbus 16 from Asics comes pretty darn close to meeting my Goldilocks, just right, standards.


I could go on about all the high tech features behind the Nimbus 16, like the “Refined Fluid Fit”, the “Impact Guidance System” and Asics’ “Guidance Trusstic System”.  But what it comes down to is this. Does it feel good the minute you put it on and does it feel great when you run in it?  Fortunately the answer for me is YES!     

The first thing I noticed when I put on the Nimbus 16 was the overall fit of the shoe, it immedietly felt customized to my foot, wrapped in just enough support without feeling like it was restricting my gait.  That would be the “Refined Fluid Fit” I mentioned, we can #runnerd out a little.  But would the Nimbus 16 deliver on its promise of maintaining the level of cushion I want on my runs without that heavy feel that some high cushion shoes have?  Time to take these puppies out on the road for a long run.  I spent the first couple of miles trying to access the shoe and pay attention to the “Heel Clutching System” (Asics nailed it in comfort and support) the additional “Gel” (the most ever in a Nimbus) and all the other components that make up this shoe.  But the thing I noticed, around mile 6, was that I had stopped trying to analyze it and just zoned out, which to me is the true mark of a great fitting shoe, I can forget about it and just enjoy the run. 


Over all I was very happy with the Nimbus 16. It never felt heavy thanks to their new lightweight “AHAR” rubber which promises durability without added weight or a bulky feel: the women’s version weighs 9.4 oz, the men’s 11.4 oz.  It never felt stiff, letting my feet move and flex the way they wanted too and delivers on a glove like fit. Cushioned but not too cushioned, supportive without feeling restrictive…juuuuuust right. 

 To purchase this shoe, click through the following links for men and women:


For men, click here


For women, click here