I first was introduced to the Skechers GoRun 3 (GR3) at the 2014 Houston Marathon. Since I had a bad experience in the GR2 (which I notified Skechers Performance division about), I was really hoping that some tweaks were made (i.e. a longer shoe last). At the Houston Marathon Expo, I tried on a pair of GR3's and was quickly reminded of why I really enjoy running in Skechers. The GR3 felt perfect. Nice cushion, a wider toe box than the GR2 and in fact, the shoe (size 12) had enough room (thumb width) for some toe splay. So being the shoe whore that I am...I bought them! Since January, I've been taking the GR3 out on numerous training runs but nothing longer than 10 miles. So with the dilemma of what shoe to run in for Boston, it was time to give them a go and write a full review.
No sooner that I decided to run in the GR3 I received a package from Skechers Performance
(Full Disclosure, I receive Running shoes from Skechers Performance Division as part of their brand ambassador program. I am not required to write a positive review. This review is based on my own personal experience).
In said package, I received the GoRun3, GoMeb Speed2 and GoBionic Fuel (reviews in the works). It is like Christmas in March!!! I love running shoes and since I am currently in the testing phase of a Boston Marathon shoe, it is a perfect time to receive such a gift.
Well out of the box, I took the GR3 out on a 20 mile run. The GR3 responded very will. You really can feel the M-Strike technology working at this distance. If anytime I felt I was over striding (running on balls of feet) you could feel it in this shoe. You receive instant feedback and in my case, I was able to fix my stride and carry on. The one thing I noticed at the end of the run was that the top of my foot never went numb like it did with the GR2. The GR3 has a thinner tongue which helped me not tie the laces so tight which was one of my problems with the GR2 because of thicker tongue. The tongue is still stitched on to the shoe to keep it from moving around but it seems to be "Cut" to size so you don't have all the extra tongue material bunched up under the laces. Great improvement.
My feet didn't get tired nor my legs. I did run with the extra insole for added cushion and that could be the reason why but 20miles in 2 1/2 hrs...no achy feet or legs...right out of the box? I think the GR3 responded exceptionally well for this runner!
At 6.9 ounces (men’s size 9) this shoe is light. There’s pretty much no extra “stuff” on the shoe that can keep the weight down. The price is also REALLY nice. At $80-85 for a shoe that offers as much as this one, how can you pass it up!
Train Hard = Race Easy, Train Smart = Race Fast ™