sad news & a shoe review.

by Janetha on March 14, 2013

in product review

woohoo—thursday night! that means the weekend is almost here. i can’t wait.

due to the daylight savings time change, i have been oversleeping every morning this week! it’s just so nice and dark when my alarm goes off and my bed is nice and cozy and body thinks sleeping in is way more important than work. whoops! hopefully next week i will be more adjusted to the time difference and i will pull it together in the mornings.

so.. first of all, as my title states, i have a bit of disappointing news on the blog world home front…

i am sure you guys have heard, but just in case you haven’t.. google reader is going away!

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booooo. maybe this doesn’t affect you, but i use google reader every day to keep tabs on all of the blogs i read! i have all the blogs in separate folders according to their content and have a huge stockpile of starred posts from the last four years. i am sure there are a plethora of alternatives out there, but.. as always.. it’s hard to get used to a new program when you are used to the old one. sigh.

haha.. i know.. not a huge deal, but i thought i would rant about it for 2.2. ranting done.

moving on to happier things… SHOES!

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awhile ago i mentioned that i got the new reebok DMX sky running shoes. i put them on my feet the day they came in the mail! i also put them on instagram and several of you asked for feedback. i wanted to use them for a bit before writing a full review on the shoes. with the warmer weather utah has been having, i’ve been running more and more lately.. so now i feel like i can give a full review of these sneaks!

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i was excited to try out a pair of reeboks because i only own other brands. yep, these are my first pair of reeboks! the reebok DMX sky shoes have lightweight support and lots of underfoot cushioning. from their website:

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source: reebok.com 

i am going to be honest, i was suuuper skeptical at first. as you may know, i am pretty keen on the minimalist shoe movement. i have FOUR pair of minimalist shoes and i honestly thought i would never go back to another type of shoe again. the first thing i noticed on these shoes (aside from the awesome easter egg colors!) was the cushy, bubbly bottom.. hello! the total opposite of what i am used to.

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as you may also know, i am not a huge runner. i run when it’s prescribed in my workout or if i have a magazine to read on the treadmill (or a friend to gossip with…) but i am NOT a competitive, die hard runner. i don’t say “gee.. sure would be fun to run five miles today!”

when i read that the reebok sky DMX shoes were made for the casual runner, i jumped at the chance to try them out. if i had to label myself as a runner, a casual one would most definitely fit the bill. totally casual. yep. that’s me!

like i said, the weather has been warmer here in utah. YAY! as a result, our GPP workouts have included more outdoor runs and i even went as far as running two miles on sunday just because it was nice out. i know.. strange. for me. we are actually going to try to do this every sunday. sunday funday has been replaced with sunday runday. come one, come all.

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anyway, i have been wearing these shoes each and every time i run. i have worn them both on the treadmill and outdoors for walking, running, jogging, and sprinting. i have to tell you—it feels like i am running on clouds with these shoes! they are so comfortable. running feels effortless! in fact, i set a new PR on monday for my mile. i ran it in 6:54! that’s about a 20 second improvement since the last time i timed my mile.

yesterday we did wheelin’ which is a workout that requires several 400m runs as fast as possible during a 30 minute AMRAP. i ended up with ten 400m runs and my feet felt great the whole time. the shoes made me feel like i had a little spring in my step! it’s hard to describe.. but it’s cool! oh, and we did box jumps yesterday, too. loved these shoes for that. i actually thought they would weigh me down and i would stumble over them and fall on my face, but it was quite the opposite.

another thing i was a little bit worried about was my tendonitis flaring up (the reason i switched to minimalist shoes to begin with) but after two weeks of using these shoes, i feel zero pain at all. in fact, i prefer running in these shoes to my other ones.

the only con i can think of about these shoes is that my socks kept falling down past my heel, so i would have to take them off to readjust my socks. HOWEVER, this is a sock issue.. not a shoe issue. it’s just that all the socks i own were made for minimalist shoes, so i need to invest in ones that go up a bit higher on my ankle and this problem will be eliminated.

all in all i have to say i am a big fan of the reebok DMX sky kicks! if you are a casual runner and are looking for something cushy and comfortable, for sure try these on for size. they come in a few colors, but i have to say the springy pastels are super cute. not that looks should matter in a running shoe.. but it definitely doesn’t hurt!

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now you have my opinion on these kicks! do want to hear what others think of the shoes? it’s always good to get a second opinion. and a third. and fourth. check out electra’s, meredith’s, and kristin’s reviews!

Qs~

1. do you use google reader and are you as sad as me? if not.. what do you use to keep track of the blogs you read?

2. what do you look for in a running shoe? what shoes do you have?

xo. janetha g.

*as a fitfluential ambassador, i received the shoes free of charge. i was not compensated for this review and all opinions are my own.

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Deanna March 14, 2013 at 6:54 pm

Yes I was just reading this blog in Google Reader and use it every day as well! I am so bummed, I’ve been using it since 2006! Keep us updated if you find an alternative….

ashley March 15, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Check out Bloglovin, I discovered it the other day when I found out about google reader and its so much better!

Meghan March 14, 2013 at 7:20 pm

I am a long distance runner, and I am obsessed with running shoes. Right now I mostly run in Newtons. When looking/researching running shoes, I normally look at three things,
1. What the shoe’s “heel to toe drop” is…
2. How wide the toe box is…
3. How much they weigh…

Tiffany @ Snack Snark Bark March 14, 2013 at 7:36 pm

Ugh, I heard the rumor but now it’s true.

I don’t want to talk about it.

The only thing that would make those shoes cooler is if they played various DMX songs each time you take a step. Dog is a dog, blood thicker than water!!

Liza Glick March 14, 2013 at 7:39 pm

I’m a HUGE Google Reader user, I have literally thousand’s of feeds and posts stored…..I’ve spent the last 2 days researching alternatives and I’ve found that Feedly is the best for a PC and Vienna RSS for a Mac.

Linz @ Itz Linz March 14, 2013 at 7:52 pm

i don’t use google reader – i store a bunch of the blogs in my favorites to read and just check daily – it works for me :) i love the looks of the new reebok kicks!

Danielle @ Truffles n' Treadmills March 14, 2013 at 7:54 pm

Great post. Could you think about doing a post about minimalist shoes compared to other shoes? I still can’t really figure out the difference and why one is so much better!

Carly @ Snack Therapy March 14, 2013 at 8:03 pm

I am devastated about Google Reader going away. Do you have any suggestions for good alternatives?

Nicole @ Fruit 'N' Fitness March 14, 2013 at 8:09 pm

These shoes look so funny, I love the little bubbles on the bottom. I have only run in one pair of shoes thus far but am excited to maybe try a new pair the next time I need new running shoes.

Rebekah March 14, 2013 at 8:13 pm

I am so upset that Google Reader is going away! I looked at other options and have picked Feedly. So far I really like it, and might even like it better. It has a pretty cool layout. But also, a major plus is that it kept ALL of my starred posts!! I looked at Bloglovin and thought it sucked…plus it didn’t keep any of my starred posts when importing from Reader and there was no way to go through each blog feed and re-star because they only keep the posts for the past two weeks or something ridiculous. Trust me, just switch to Feedly.

April March 14, 2013 at 8:17 pm

Thank you for being as sad as I was when I saw the thing about Google Reader! I live by it! Thank goodness you have awesome readers that give some good recommendations. Can’t wait to try feedly.

Amanda @ Diary of a Semi-Health Nut March 14, 2013 at 8:18 pm

Wow these shoes look amazingly comfortable!! I JUST bought a new pair of Asics, otherwise I’d definitely consider these…seriously you should be a saleswoman. ;)

I use blogger as a way to store the blogs I read…Google Reader overwhelms me when I go to check it and it says I have 500 posts to read haha! Blogger just shows the most recent posts overall or you can check each blog. Works for me! :) Sorry for you though..I hate change too haha!

Erica March 14, 2013 at 8:20 pm

What is the deal with google? They’re getting rid of igoogle and now reader? Those shoes are cute. Glad to hear they really work too. I wear brooks.

Lisa March 14, 2013 at 8:41 pm

I’m pretty sad about the departure of google reader. SO sad, how did this even happen. I thought it would be super popular! Oh well, time for the new thing I suppose. I probably will procrastinate getting anything new until like the day before anyways.
I looove the shoes! I’d buy the shoes just for the colors!

Laura March 14, 2013 at 8:48 pm

So sad about google reader. Especially since feedly doesn’t seem to want to accept Lindsay’s website url! Has anyone else had trouble?

Bonnie March 14, 2013 at 9:16 pm

OH MAN. love those reebok shoes! i’m like you: minimal footwear lover + never had reeboks = i loved your review! kinda was hoping i could get in on that one courtesy of FF but a little less opportunities come across the border. ;) oh well. cute, fun shoes and a solid review of them! also, i checked out that workout you did; 10 runs?! how fast were you running? 9 mph or more? you ROCKED it! way to go!

Carbzilla March 14, 2013 at 10:26 pm

Aaaaaaacccckkk! Thank you for reminding me that I have to print out all my starred recipes. I HATE CHANGE!!!!

Kristina March 14, 2013 at 10:33 pm

Uh, your 6:54 mile is badass. Maybe I do need a new pair of shoes after all…

Michelle @ Eat Move Balance March 15, 2013 at 2:12 am

Will you let us know what you decide to use after Reader? I’ve been using Reader for years, and have no idea what to do now. When I posted about this “bad news” yesterday, readers gave me two suggestions (but I haven’t looked into them yet): bloglovin’ and Feedly. Happy Friday!

Krista March 15, 2013 at 3:59 am

I’m sad about Reader too! I discovered Feedly yesterday, so I downloaded the app. i like that I could adjust the settings so that it looks kinda similar to reader…it also imports all my blogs from Reader..woo!

Tina @ Best Body Fitness March 15, 2013 at 4:39 am

As others have mentioned, I gave Feedly a shot thanks to Katy Widrick’s rec. Seems great so far! And super easy to transport everything over just how I had it.

lindsay March 15, 2013 at 4:44 am

the world just might end if google reader goes! EEK! Just kidding. We’ll live!

and LOVE those colorful shoes. So cute! Glad you liked them too!

Angie @ Pint of Goals March 15, 2013 at 5:16 am

Yup, I was sad too. I love how simple Google Reader is; my only beef is that you can’t comment directly from it. Anyways, as other people have mentioned, I found Feedly (per Clean Eating Chelsey’s recommendation) and just transferred the blogs I follow over to it this morning. It looks cool, and I’m sure I’ll adjust. #firstworldproblems
Have a great weekend!

Lindsay's List March 15, 2013 at 5:21 am
Janetha March 15, 2013 at 8:30 am

sweet! thanks love bun

Coco March 15, 2013 at 6:19 am

Yes!! I’mso sad about google reader too! I have no idea what I’mgoing to do instead.. if you find a new reader- pass it along please!

TAMAR March 15, 2013 at 6:56 am

I looked into Feedly and it’s pretty similar to google reader — however, due to the mass unpopularity of this decision, I’m holding off using Feedly to see if they actually get rid of it!

Becca March 15, 2013 at 7:22 am

YES! I LIVE by my google reader. All of the regular blogs I read, my starred recipes, and projects I’ve been hoping to do are saved on it. I honestly can’t even process how this is going to effect me so I’m ignoring it… for now.

STUFT Mama March 15, 2013 at 7:36 am

Oh… you got the other fun color. And friend, you are FAST!!!!!!!! :) Happy Friday!

Cheryl March 15, 2013 at 7:48 am

I’m a BIG user of Google Reader as well. Be careful when you all look into online/web-based readers as a very large portion of them get their feeds through Google Reader on the back end! You want to look for a web-based reader that will have an easy transition when Google Reader goes bye bye. Feedly has said that they have been working on this for some time and have a seamless solution. Because Feedly is based on Goolge Reader the import/transition right now is super easy, hence the import of your starred posts! Lets hope the seamless transition once Google Reader closes is just that…seamless with no loss of data! It took me just a few minutes to transition over to Feedly and so far I like it.

julie March 15, 2013 at 8:14 am

i’m SOOO sad about google reader – i mean i just don’t get why they’re getting rid of it – it seems insanely stupid to me but whatever what do i know. awesome sneaks! they kind of remind me of future moon shoes…

Meghan @ After the Ivy League March 15, 2013 at 8:58 am

Love these sneakers! I’m in the market for another pair of fitness shoes. I run in my Asics but I’m thinking I should have another pair for cross-training, etc. so I don’t wear them out too quick!

Caitlin March 15, 2013 at 10:28 am

great review! i rarely run but damn for a casual runner you are FAST. i just adore how bright these shoes are and would totally want them for that very reason. i’d rock them in group fitness classes like nobody’s business and good to know they would perform well too with the right socks!

Janetha March 15, 2013 at 11:00 am

People say that to me a lot–that since I am fast, I should be a runner.. but I just don’t enjoy it like I do other workouts. I sorta wish I did, haha!

Annette@FitnessPerks March 15, 2013 at 2:22 pm

I heard bloglovin is a good one?

CUTE shoes!!!

Jan @ Sprouts n Squats March 15, 2013 at 3:21 pm

I’m all about my Brooks shoes. I’ve used them to run for the last 3 years and work well with my feet.

I love how funky the colours are on those reeboks though very cool.

Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli March 15, 2013 at 9:59 pm

Oh my gosh, I about cried when that little alert popped up on Google Reader the other day…especially since I JUST reorganized it and got it all “pretty”! lol I friend of mine mentioned switching to Bloglovin’, but I haven’t checked it out just yet. Anything to get out of the email subscription thing. I just can’t do it…my inbox gets bogged down and I start to feel claustrophobic within a day!

Love the review! I’ve never tried Reeboks before…well, not since the high tops I had in fourth grade that is! ;) Love the colors…and that funky sole is so neat! <-Unfortunately, looks are about 80% of what "sells me" in a running shoe! haha! No shame!

Rachel McIntyre March 16, 2013 at 3:17 am

I’m so sad about Google Reader, too. I use it all of the time. I think I’m going to give Bloglovin’ a try.

Calee March 16, 2013 at 1:48 pm

i almost cried when i saw reader was going away. i need to do a post about it.

if you click my name (readers and janetha), it’ll take you to a list of reader alternatives, and most will let you import your reader feeds.

Meredith @ DareYouTo March 16, 2013 at 2:49 pm

1. YES, devastated over the death of Google Reader. Hoping Google changes its mind before summer.
2. As you’ve seen from my review (thanks so much for sharing it here!), I love these sneakers. I’ve been running with them instead of the saucony’s that I’ve had for a year and are pretty worn now. I was interested in your take as someone who likes minimalist shoes, because I felt like, in spite of the massive cushy bottom, these somehow still mimic the natural form of our feet.

Glad you like them as much as I do :)

Jenn - Girl Heroes March 17, 2013 at 11:33 am

I haven’t opened google reader but once or twice since we hit the road. I not reading many blogs right now so it’s easy to remember to check on my favorites. ;-) oh and I agree with everyone else you are FAST!!!! Dang! I also totally get being a casual runner that is me too!

Melissa March 18, 2013 at 9:46 am

I am sad, I love google reader

kristen @ livinlifeinlouie March 19, 2013 at 2:05 pm

I love my reebox reflex running shoes. I need to go out and get a new pair!

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