December 31, 2012
Editor’s note: A staffer produced this piece just before New Year’s but then left for vacation and it was lost in the shuffle and not presented to you until January 12, 2013.
At The Running Event, an industry trade show for shoe retailers, American marathoner Ryan Hall was one of the celebrity athletes in attendance, as was Meb Keflezighi.
As part of his duties with his shoe sponsor Asics, Ryan had a Q&A with the audience. During the Q&A, Ryan marveled at the 190-mile weeks of Canadian 10k runner Cam Levins.
Ryan was also asked about what shoes he ran in. Asics’ biomechanic expert Simon Bartold had previously advocated that athletes not run in the same shoe all the time, and Ryan definitely takes that approach.
“I have a different shoe for every speed that I run. If I’m running super easy I’ll go with the Gel Cumulus, if I’m going moderate pace which is between 5:30 and 6 minute pace generally I’ll put on the DS Trainer or the Gel Lyte, as I mentioned I’m transitioning into that shoe. When I’m trying to do marathon specific paces I go with the Gel Hyperspeed because that is what I race in. That shoe is my baby. I have maybe an unhealthy attachment to that shoe. They sent me that shoe as a prototype before I ran my first half marathon in 2007. My first race in that shoe I broke the American record in the half-marathon and have loved that shoe every since,” Ryan said.
Ryan added that even after Asics made him custom racing shoes for the 2008 Olympics that he “gravitated back to the Hyperspeed just because I like it so much. I think it speaks really highly to that shoe. It’s an amazing shoe. I’ll probably run every single marathon the rest of my career in that shoe.”
Ryan says when he gets on the track and does faster stuff he uses the Gel Piranha.
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