Thursday, June 11, 2015

Under Armour SpeedForm Gemini Review: Part I

Our team recently received some amazing new kicks from Under Armour, and we're excited to put them to work! Since UA is relatively new to the runner/triathlete space, we'll continue to share our thoughts as a team in future posts. Here Kristen Lodge (Arizona) shares some initial feedback from her first test run.

I love running in new socks. I love trying new shoes. And most importantly, I love a new running playlist. As a triathlete I love mixing it up and trying new things to stay motivated on the run.

I am anxious to try out the new UA SpeedForm Gemini running shoes on my Sunday run.

However these three things prove not to be enough to get out of bed at 4:30am when the alarm goes off...

Today in Tucson the temperature forecast is a high of 103 and that motivates me to finally roll out of bed at 5:30 and out the door with new shoes, new socks, sporting my Ironman Texas finisher hat for the first time, and a new playlist.

Winnie-dog wishes she could run with
me but it's just too hot in Tucson
This is my first time running in Under Armour running shoes.

They are lightweight and breathable which is very important to me running in hot conditions in Tucson. The lightweight feel is good in the heat as I try to pick up the pace. I run on different surfaces when I can. I run on the dirt next to the sidewalk or the paved bike lane. The shoe grasps the ground well in all conditions.

Since I’m still in recovery mode from my Ironman, I walk a bit and try to take in the true feel of the shoe. The toe box isn’t as big as some other running shoes I’ve tried but the snug fit feels good on this run.

The final three miles of the run is downhill and I test the shoe by picking up the pace and they feel great. I really like the shoe.

Today is just a 7 mile run and later in the week is a track workout and tempo run. I plan to wear the SpeedForm during these workouts and review how they feel.

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