Asics Gel-DS Trainer 16
The official description
Running Times says the Gel-DS trainer offers not only a wider toe box (than previous versions), but a lighter and more energetic feel. But, adds the publication, “compared to other moderate minimalists in this test, this shoe has considerably more girth.”
Hmmm…are they calling this shoe…uh, hefty?
Who wears it
Kaitlyn Grace Sweeney trains on the trails and roads of Fredericton, New Brunswick, where she’s currently enrolled in the university, studying law and biochemistry, as well as running with the school’s cross-country team.
The 25-year-old’s biggest, personal running achievement to date, however, is her first marathon last October. At the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, she ran 3:11:37 in her debut. Having qualified, she hopes to run the 2013 Boston Marathon.
Why she likes them
Sweeney says that compared to some of the more lightweight shoes, the cushioning in the Gel-DS’s reduce the impact of high mileage weeks and overall post some noticeable reductions in recovery time. And that, Sweeney says, is “an undervalued currency.”
Plus, she likes the fact that Deena Kastor runs in Gel-DS trainers as well. Psychologically, it doesn’t hurt to know you’re almost literally following in the footsteps of a marathon icon.
Fat shoes? Maybe. But their “girth” obviously isn’t slowing down Sweeney any.