First Run ASICS GlideRide - 2-28-2020

I know everyone is all excited about all the different marathon race shoes that are going to be worn or not worn at the Olympic Marathon trials tomorrow. However, as interested as I might be in the Trials and the running shoes those amazing athletes will be wearing, their running shoe choices do not really have any impact on my running. I am just an aging nobody, whose needs and goals are at a much different and lower level than where most of the running world is focused.

I just want a pair of daily trainers that are comfortable, affordable and don't bother me on my long runs.

While the ASICS GlideRide is still a pretty new running shoe, it was officially released on September 27, 2019 (my sister's birthday - so I remembered the date). Even back then I was very interested in getting a pair, but at $150, I decided to wait until the price point dropped a bit and then get them. Fast forward almost six months and I have gone through way too many daily trainers since then and none have quite hit the sweet spot I am looking for in a daily trainer or have issues that just do not work as well for me.

So I started looking closely at the GlideRides again as a possible solution to my daily trainer woes. Unfortunately, the price point hasn't changed and eBay my usual go-to place for cheap running shoes hasn't had any good deals that I was willing to do for "slightly" used shoes this time. However, the more I read the reviews of the GlideRides, there was just something about them that made me want to try them even more.

With everything going on in the world today and how I have a feeling things are going to be impacted over the next few months. I price-checked the GlideRides again on eBay, a few other sites I frequent and when I went to the Running Warehouse's website they had one pair left in stock in the blue and none in the red colorway in my size. I figured that even though the price had not come down and there were no discounts available that night - that I needed to get them if I was going to get them.

After quickly thinking about things, I reached out to Sam over at Road, Trail, Run blog who's team had written a great post about the GlideRide, about how the sizing and toe box fit. The advice I received was as usual spot-on about what size I should go with.

I ordered the shoes and today I ran in them.

Based on my chat with Sam, I did get the GlideRides in my true-to-size 8.0 and they fit perfectly. Just enough room in the toe box to not bother and not too long in the forefoot. The heel lock-down is very good and yes, they feel weird to walk around the house in. The amount of toe spring makes them feel like you are going to fall forward in them with each step. It can be a little disconcerting at first, but that is only while walking in them. My size 8.0 is also lighter than I thought it would be at 9.6 ounces.

When I started to run, that disconcerting feeling quickly went away and the GlideRides felt smooth and controlled. Since I am a die-hard heel striker, I get the full benefit of their heel-to-toe transition and by the end of the first mile, I had pretty much forgotten how they were doing and just was running comfortably.

I have to admit that the cushioning is different - in a good way, they are sort of firm, but not really, it is hard to describe the sensation that I felt while running in them. Other than I really liked it - it is Goldilocks feel for me - just right.

The GlideRides are well cushioned there is no doubt about that, but they are also firm enough that I was able to slightly increase the pace progressively over the 4.0 miles that I ran on the treadmill.

PF Treadmill | 4.0/33:58/8:30

  • 1.0 mile @ 6.9 mph
  • 1.0 mile @ 7.0 mph
  • 1.0 mile @ 7.1 mph
  • 0.5 @ 7.2 mph
  • 0.1 increasing 0.1 mph to 4.0 miles for a final .1 of 7.7 mph

This 7.7 mph was my fastest speed since I dinged up my hamstring back at the beginning of January.  Even though it was only for a short distance, the GlideRides had very good manners at that speed for me.

The run itself felt good, especially once the body got used to the slightly different stride that I have in the Glide Ride after the first mile I was just running comfortably. I was having more issues with my underwear than anything else and had to keep pulling them down as they were riding up both legs.

Yes, I forgot my compression shorts and had to wear my regular stuff - dummy!!! Which, in turn, was causing the inside of my legs to touch on each stride, this is a problem I have had since I started running so many years ago. Chaff is not a fun thing to deal with in that area and I worked to keep it to a minimum as much as I could during this run.

It was a distraction and not really what I was wanting for the first run in a new pair of running shoes, but hey, the shoes were not the problem and by the end of mile 2.0, I had forgotten about the shoes which is a really good start.

Now to get them outside for a long run and see how they do.

A good first impression and the keywords were comfortable and fun to run in. Unfortunately, when it comes to the affordable part of the equation - $150 is at the absolute top-end of the spectrum for what I am willing to pay for running shoes. However, if I can get 400-500 miles out of them, then it would be worth it in the long run (pun intended).

This post was written for and first appeared on One Foot In Reality.