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Skora Fit Review

Saturday, December 27, 2014
I love shoes. Not Imelda Marcos type love, but a healthy obsession of athletic shoes that litter my closet and garage. Long distance, short distance, weight training, short trail, long trail, weights, spin, if you can train in it, I have a shoe for that. So when the cool guys at X1-Audio asked their ambassadors if anyone was interested in trying Skora’s minimalist shoes, I virtually jumped up and down with an “OH PICK ME! PICK ME!” email back. I was fortunate enough to be contacted by Skora to give their shoes a try.

I have been weight training in Vibrams 5 fingers for a few years now, and as my running career has progressed, my heel drop has decreased. My short distance shoes were currently a 4mm drop, so 0mm wasn’t too far off. I was excited and curious to see what these cool looking shoes could do.

When the shoes arrived I was like a kid at Christmas. They sent me Skora Fit, their training shoe which touts as an all-around training shoe that includes running. The shoes were brightly colored and I instantly loved them – they are currently available in three colors. The look was very unique setting themselves apart from most of the shoes I had seen around.




Specs for Skora Fit:
  • 6.6oz women’s/8.2oz Men’s
  • REALFIT™ last
  • Anatomical fit matches the foot's shape
  • Stretch seamless air mesh upper provides sock-like fit
  • 3D printed dynamic support pattern
  • Asymmetric lacing
  • Compression Molded EVA midsole
  • High abrasion HD Rubber outsole
  • 0mm heel-to-toe differential-zero drop construction allows the foot to move naturally
  • 16mm forefoot/16mm heel stack height
  • Medium cushioned midsole provides ample cushioning
  • High abrasion rubber optimizes durability
  • Antimicrobial insole helps fight odor
Fit

When I first tried them on, my first impression was, Wow. They felt like I was slipping on my favorite pair of old shoes. It had that super comfortable, broken in feel. I tried them first sockless, and didn’t find a hot spot or an uncomfortable edge. It truly had a “sock-like fit” and the size of shoe ran true to the size of my typical running shoe.

The arch was well supported and felt as if it was snug; wrapped around my foot without feeling constricting. The heel collar was well cushioned and very comfortable around my ankle. For the Yogi in me and the runner with bunions, the Skora Fit toe box had ample room for toe splay without feeling loose. The asymmetric lacing kept any potential pressure off the top of my foot while still maintaining a solid fit. The laces stayed laced which was a bonus. It had excellent cushion for a minimalistic shoe and the light weight was prefect.

Simply put: cushion and support where needed and room in all the right places.

Performance

I have run a few training runs, treadmill and road in these shoes as well as a 10K and 5M race. I tested them both with and without socks. I have also used them in my weight training/cross training days at the gym.

In shorter distance, the shoe had great support and feel for the road; the weight was perfect for quick fast runs. Although the cushion is amazing in these shoes, and it may be a matter of transitioning from 4mm drop to zero, after 6-10 miles my feet definitely could feel the difference between these and my 4mm short and 8mm drop long distance shoes.

When cross-training, moving from weights to cardio/treadmill was effortless. There was enough support for the run, but not so much that range of motion was impeded during weight training.

Overall Impression

Great training shoe for the price (retails at $94.95) comparable to many training shoes. The running specific shoes will cost a bit more with their top of the line shoe running $179.95. I would definitely use this shoe for training and short distance training and races. If you have been running in zero drop shoes for a while, I highly recommend giving this brand a try!


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Love, Cindy.

[Disclosure: I was given one pair of Skora® Fit Training Shoes to try in exchange for a review. As always, thoughts and our opinions are my own.]

Returning to Blue Ridge

Thursday, December 4, 2014

In April of this year, I ran the Foot Leveler’s Blue RidgeHalf Marathon in Roanoke, VA. When I initially announced my plan to run the race, more than a few people called me nuts, especially since it would be only my second half marathon.  When I told people that it would be my “preview run” of the race so I would know what to expect in 2015, I was ridiculed and told, “We’ll see how you feel about Blue Ridge when you get done this year.”

Well I finished and although the course humbled me, I was planning my return only steps away from the finish line.  My 2014 goal was to finish in less than three hours; I finished in 2:41:02. You can read my recap here.

Over seven months have passed and my desire to return to Blue Ridge hasn’t changed, but what has changed is the distance I wish to run. I want to run the full marathon and I will.
But wait…there is more!

Roanoke Outside, creators of The Blue Ridge Marathon Series, has given me the huge honor of being one of their OFFICIAL MARATHON BLOGGERS.

Say What!!??  Crazy, but true.

So not only do I get to run the full marathon, I get to write about it officially, instead of unofficially. 

SaaaWeeeet!! 

Happy Runiversary to Me!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014
It is hard to believe that it has been two years already. Two years since I stepped onto a middle school track with a bunch of unfamiliar faces and took a step into the unknown and a bold leap out of my comfort zone.

And, let’s not forget that it was ONLY going to be a 5k. It is amazing how things change.


Now, two years, six half marathons, a full marathon, and a failed 50k later, I wake up well before dawn to meet friends for a short run and drag myself into the gym at ungodly hours to cross train. I see running in the rain as an opportunity to adapt to changes and grueling long runs as the chance to build character and mental fortitude. I have found that struggle is merely a part of the journey, that setbacks are just that – not a finale – and that the long hours of training with the same people over the course of months creates lasting bonds; an extended family.

Yes, running has changed my life. It has changed my perspective. It has changed my way of living and naturally, it has changed my health. Love, Theresa.