Is it time for you to buy new running shoes? Watch this video to learn if you need to get a new pair or still stick with your current one.
Nike has just unveiled their new line of Nike Lunarlon Collection on the Nike Summer of Innovation event today. As a big Nike fan, I am very excited on their new products, particularly their new running and basketball line.
The Nike Lunarlon Collection consists of the Nike LunarGlide+ 4, Nike Hyperdunk, Nike Lunar TR1 and Nike Lunar HyperWorkout+.
Surprisingly, after just months of release of Nike LunarEclipse+ 3 and Nike LunarGlide+ 3 Shield, Nike has already presented a new design of Nike LunarGlide+ 4. The newest model of the LunarGlide+ family still boasts an ultra lightweight and responsive Lunarlon cushioning and Flywire upper but 18% lighter at 10 oz from its predecessor.
I have been using Nike LunarGlide+ 2 and Nike LunarGlide+ 3 and it’s one of the best stability running shoes available today. The only problem is the Lunarlon cushioning won’t last long if used constantly on long distance runs. But the more important thing is it kept my feet safe and injury-free.
Nike also presented their newest version of the popular Nike Hyperdunk family, which now features a basketball-specific Lunarlon cushioning and dynamic Flywire.
Team USA colorways were already presented on the event which features Team USA Nike Hyper Elite Basketball uniforms, the official basketball jersey for 2012 London Olympics. Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant were already wearing Team USA PE’s of Nike Zoom Kobe VII and Nike KD IV, respectively.
LeBron James is wearing the new Nike Hyperdunk 2012 instead of Team USA PE LeBron IX. Why? 🙂
I was inspired to start running last year because I am getting tired of working out in the gym and I have already gained enough pounds to get a high blood pressure. I do walk a lot, play badminton and basketball from time-to-time but I realized that I need exercise to be fighting fit again.
My high school friend Ralph was already joining local racing events and I suddenly felt the urge to give in and try a new sport. I signed up for my very first run at RunRio’s PCPF Run With Doctors last May 1, 2011. I felt that 5K will be a good start and enough punishment for me being a first timer.
I purchased my very first running shoe, Nike LunarGlide+ 2 Stealth/Neon Lime/Cool Grey/Pure Platinum at Toby’s and I was very happy because the running bib from the event slashed 10% from the shoe’s original price. I have been a shoe lover even before I start running and I was glad that I will now start to collect running shoes.
To start running as a sport, all you need is a good running shoe but as you go along, you need to spend more for more stuff. You need to get a comfortable running wear like shorts or compression tights, socks that will make your feet blister-free, hydration belts to hold your drinks and things, gels and supplements for nutrition and so on.
I tried to get some people joining fun runs and they also realized that running is a great sport. Honestly, I didn’t feel the expenses from registration fees even though it’s already pricey at that time. I realized that before Christmas, I am already participating two running events per month and I already spent thousands of pesos.
I had a skin infection that needed serious medication last December 2011 and I needed to stop running because it’s already interfering my performance. I was very excited to start my 2012 running year with a bang.
Surprisingly, registration fees have already increased.
I can cope with that but of course, I have to follow a strict budget also. The sad thing is some of the newbies and even die hard runners already started to think twice on registering. As a consumer, we are pinching our pennies for ourselves and our families. Running, that became an integral part of our lifestyle, already became a priced commodity.
“Ayoko na tumakbo pare, ang mahal na ng registration fee eh.”
As a runner, it’s a pain to hear these words. It’s more painful to think the expenses that is expected to increase this year just to sustain the sport. Some of my running buddies are already hanging their running shoes for good. Some of them will just choose the runs with cheaper registration fees despite the location or bad records of some low key organizers. Some will just gamble to win free race kits on contests. In a matter of days, running community was changed simply because of the increased registration fees.
RunRio is the best in organizing local races but they surprised the running community with higher registration fees this year. I admire Coach Rio Dela Cruz on how he transformed Philippines into a runner friendly country. If it’s a RunRio race, you don’t need to think about safety, hydration and organization of the event. I understand that the costs of organizing races also increases every year. I don’t have an idea on how much they are spending or how much they lost last year but it’s really a pain for us runners *slash* consumers.
I have been checking online blogs since January about this issue, particularly on how Kikay Runner tried to seek the truth about this matter on a dialogue with RunRio. You can check her final thoughts here.
Some races this year only boasts 200 pesos registration fee raises a doubt to us runners.
Is it really worth it to spend on expensive races? Do I expect a good event if I pay less?
RunRio can justify the price increase this year and I know they will do it. I will still patronize RunRio races if they:
Maintain or Improve the Quality of Races – I hope they can still keep their record as the best running organizer this year. So far, I have experienced it twice this year at Timex Run 2012 and Condura Skyway Marathon 2012 (registration and timing). I hope BazuSports and RunPix will still be back though.
Maintain or Increase Registration Centers – I felt disappointed on my registration at Run United 1 2012. I paid a record high of 900 pesos for 21K but the registration centers near our vicinity suddenly disappeared. The Athlete’s Foot Alabang Town Center RunRio registration booths were gone. Worse, the newly opened Runnr on the same building has no RunRio booths either. I have to go to The Athlete’s Foot Robinson’s Galleria just to register. If they’re doing this on purpose just to direct traffic to Riovana outlets, it’s not a good business strategy.
Increase Freebies, Shirts and Medals – I notice that the freebies are decreasing. Worse, even in long distance categories, shirts and medals are also becoming a thing of the past. I have sacks of Enervon, Alaxan, Allerta and shoe bags but some events were really a nightmare. AKTV Run’s finisher’s kit stub is also the same as the drinks stub – you only get a bag of drinks and that’s it. In Timex Run 2012, even the 16K finishers didn’t receive a medal or a finisher’s shirt even though they have “I’m Running With Piolo” shirts on advertisements. On Condura Skyway Marathon 2012, I have seen shirts which were being sold for 150 pesos each. On my part, I don’t have to pay for it and it should be given to me for free like the way it was before. Anyway, Condura made sure that it’ll still be worth it with the quality of medals they gave away. A running belt for Run United 1 2012 is a good start for increasing freebies which will also attract runners to participate in future events. I think everyone will remember Brooks Run Happy medal and Nike We Run Manila 10K’s freebie shipping delay last year. 🙂
Maintain Hydration Strategy – RunRio stands out with the perfect hydration strategy every race. It’s really unbeatable. I love Gatorade (especially Grape) but Powerade (espeically the blue one) is a very good alternative during races which RunRio uses. I hope they’ll still keep this up and not let 100 Plus (which ruined Condura Skyway Marathon 2012) enter this year.
New Balance Singlets – It’s a wild dream, I guess. RunRio has it’s own singlet line now for races. My New Balance singlets I got last year were still topnotch than the standard singlets being used today. New Balance singlets stand out from the rest, like Adidas KOTR and Nike We Run Manila 10K’s singlets.
New Race Routes – Timex Run 2012 used the same, old BGC route for 16K but Run United 1 2012’s 21K surprised us about BGC to MOA route. Let’s see if RunRio can use their creative juices in exploring new race routes. I dream of running in Coastal Road someday. Well, let’s see if an organizer will have a courage enough to make it into reality.
To sum up, we need to see the improvements and the direct effect of higher registration fees on races. Else, we need to choose wisely and find alternatives.