I have to admit that I am not a runner. Not because I don’t like to run (well partially I don’t like to run), but I had knee surgery when I was younger from a gymnastics injury. Whenever I would run, it was more like a painful physical therapy session, rather than a good stress-free workout.
After the surgery, I’ve been accustomed to walking really fast and only running when I have to chase my daughter from avoiding a freak accident (here and there) crossing a street.
The only thing that’s in the way of me running, besides my knees, is finding the right shoes. The whole process of going to a Lady Footlocker or Sports Chalet is nothing but draining and even a visit to my foot doctor (spending over $500 on some foot inserts that look like I could have purchased them at a local Ralph’s for $8.99) has not helped me.
So I got excited when I found out that Reebok, the makers of the Easytone (which I love wearing for everyday activities), also made a running version of the sneaker. Appropriately named Runtone, I was hoping that this would be my answer to my running prayers.
Just like the Easytone (read my previous post), it’s sleek and stylish. No bulk and all business. The balance ball inspired technology with moving air gives you the feeling of running on sand. And if you’ve ever run on sand, you know how your legs and butt feel afterwards (can I say burning in a good way).
I love how the sneakers are light and they envelop the every curvature of my feet. Since I have not run for a good amount of time, I took it very slow and started with walking. Even though I was walking, I felt all of my lower body muscles work.
Once I started to lightly jog with my jogging stroller, the one thing I felt (or shall I say, I didn’t feel) besides my muscles working was that my knee joints weren’t uncomfortable. The shoes almost gave a bounce to my strides. At first, I thought it might be psychological because I wanted the shoes to work for me. But after using it for a week and zero knee discomfort, I have to say that it works for me.
Anyone else have positive or negative experiences? Please share.
(Disclosure: The sneakers were provided by MC Saatchi and Reebok for review purposes and does not affect my views or feedback of the products. This review is based solely on my personal opinion and experience and results may vary person to person.)