The Tuesday Kick: Again, with the Asics

The shoe

Asics Gel-DS Trainer

The official description

Okay, we have encountered this shoe of mighty girth before; just last week, in fact. And, no, I am not in the pay of Asics. It’s luck of the draw that we have two runners in the same shoe on two consecutive Tuesday Kick weeks.

To recap: The Running Times praised the trainer for its wider toe box and light and energetic feel. But declared it a shoe of “considerably more girth” than other moderate minimalists.

Despite the fact Running Times makes the shoe sound like a nimble dancing elephant, a lot of fast runners favour it.

Who wears it

Todd Power, 45, trains on the country roads of Salisbury, New Brunswick, roughly 30 kilometres outside of Moncton.  A shipper and receiver at a large grocery store, Power says he’s run for as long as he can remember.

“My first road race was in 1990 in Saint John,” Power recalls . He started at the back of the 10 km race, having read not to start too fast in Runner’s World. He finished in 40:55.

By that July, he pulled his time down to 36:05 while running in the brutal heat of a day that was more than 30 Celsius.  Power calls that his most memorably race in that he put everything he had out on the line.

Then…disaster.  He came down with tendonitis and discovered he had flat feet. “It’s been one injury after another since that time.”

While Power is self-deprecating about this times since ( he says he’s run under 35 minutes, but downplays the time because the races weren’t in the same grueling heat), he’s still a pretty fast guy. His personal bests include a 16:14 five km and a 1:18:27 half-marathon.

This year Power is on the cusp of a milestone. The next time he runs a 10-kilometre race under 40 minutes will mark the 100th time he’s done so. Currently, Power anticipates that might happen at a race in June.

Why he likes them

Power calls the Asics DS-Gel trainer a “very comfortable” shoe. He likes the fact it provides enough support (we say that’s the “girth factor” kicking in), but that it’s still responsive for pick-ups.

Overall, Power likes the shoe for interval work or racing, echoing Running Times’ comment about how light and responsive they fell. “I always feel fast in these shoes,” he says.

Same question as last week: are these shoes of heavy girth fat? Ask Power that at the start line of race and see for yourself.

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About subthree

A multiple award-winning journalist, I'm currently a contributing editor with both Canadian Running and Canadian Cycling magazines. My articles have appeared in Explore, Canadian Geographic, enRoute, The National Post, The Globe and Mail, and many other magazines and newspapers. Formerly a competitive cross-country mountain biker, I switched to running in 2006. I've run seven marathons, qualifying for Boston five times (and which I've run once). Generally, I've placed or won in my age group in races, in distances ranging from five and 10 kms to half and full marathons. I've also taught spin classes at a number of leading Eastern Canadian gyms. Sub-three was a 2012 #Runchat finalist for Best Overall Blog.
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