Okay, I was all worried about how Skechers was changing “MY” running shoes, you know the GoRun Ride 2’s to something a little different in the new GoRun Ride 3’s. Unfortunately and fortunately, the GRR 3’s are not the same running shoe as the GRR 2’s.
The unfortunate part – they do not feel or look as wide in the toe box, which was one of the major reasons that I loved the GRR 2’s – I even double-checked on the look with the wife and she stated that the GRR 3’s definitely did not look as wide as the GRR 2’s. I haven’t put my LockLaces in them yet, so I don’t know if that will make a difference or not – I really hope it does. So that sucks and might be a deal breaker.
The fortunate part – The redesign in the outsole does not pick up any small rocks and I definitely went where it has been a problem before.
I like the feel of the shoe when running, that part they got right. Initially the redesigned heel unit felt like it might be a blister waiting to happen, but after I twisted them around a bit and stretched them out, during the run, they felt fine, during the run.
Overall, in my opinion the appearance of the shoes from the 2 to 3 is much improved.
How did the run go?
Yes, I know I ran my long run yesterday and today was supposed to be my day off, but with the weather supposed to be really crappy tomorrow and finally getting the opportunity to try out my new Skechers GoRun Ride 3’s, I decided to go ahead and run tomorrow’s run today and take tomorrow off.
I was supposed to do a 60-70 minute run.
The GoRun 3’s feel slightly different from the GRR 2’s, not in a bad or a good way, just different and it took about a mile to get the feel for them. I didn’t push or try to run fast during the run, but more than a couple of times, I found myself picking up the pace without realizing it and each time I realized it had to pull back. That is one of the reasons why it is such an uneven pacing on the below chart.
I just ran my long run yesterday, so I didn’t want to push too hard today, even though I felt pretty good. This unconscious speeding up was a good indicator that these should do just fine as far as going faster goes.
Unfortunately, at about the 5 mile point, my right tailor’s bunionette began that familiar nasty feeling of discomfort that happens when a running shoe is too narrow and usually between 6 and 8 miles it moves to being painful. Luckily today that didn’t happen and it just stayed uncomfortable through 7 miles. So I am hoping that moving to LockLaces and changing to a thinner sock will make enough of a difference that I can run long runs in the these shoes.
Otherwise these shoes are pretty much useless to me.
Time will tell.
For a first run I am happy and disappointed at the same time. Happy that the shoes were comfortable and seemed to have several improvements that I was looking for in things that I was hoping would be fixed/improved.
Unfortunately, it feels and seems that the GRR 3’s are a little narrower in the toe box than the GRR 2’s, which really sucks. If I cannot run without discomfort to my tailor’s bunionette in the GRR 3’s, it will make me stock up on the GRR 2’s and start looking for a shoe with a narrow heel and wider toe box, yet again.