A couple of weeks ago I went to a shoe trial for the Under Armour Charged Bandit 2 at an independent running shop called Running Works in Aldgate. I had 1 never worn anything by the brand Under Armour, 2 never been to the Running Works shope before and 3 hadn’t run with Midnight Runners before who were hosting the run part. Therefore lots of new things for a Thursday in the Capital.
The run shop itself had a good selection of clothes and shoes as well as a nice café. The shop hosts weekly runs from the store and has lockers/showers to use for after. I definitely took advantage of using a locker after coming straight from work with a large bag of stuff. I turned up ready to run and picked up my shoes when I got there. The pair I was given were black and white (as pictured below) Aesthetically I quite liked the shoe bar the inner foot which was just plain material and I didn’t think that matched with the rest of the shoe. Also the black made the shoe look slim on the inner foot which in turn made the fronts look wider than they possibly were. This may not be the case for other colour ways and yes this is me being very pedantic, I know.
We were then given a talk from 3 different members of the Under Armour brand. I hadn’t realised that Under Armour were only 20 years old and they are clearly trying to make their mark in the running world. They have recently bought 3 apps one including Map My Fitness meaning they have the largest fitness community in the world. They have also just created a shoe UA Speedform Gemini 2.1 that has a built in chip that can track your runs therefore if you forget your watch it doesn’t matter as your shoes do it all for you. They then spoke about their new earphones that have a heart rate monitor inside them. All pretty fancy hey.
After the UA talk it was over to the Midnight Runners. They spoke about their brand, what they do and what we were in for, for the evening. So what were we in for? Well a bootcamp run. Improving your overall core which we all know is important and works hand-in-hand when it comes to running but do we do it? Midnight Runners are a noisy bunch, they run with their speakers and are just as much about the social as they are the running. It was a 5km loop from Aldgate along the river to Millennium Bridge and back again. We did our first stop at Tower of London to do a Tabata work out, this is a series of 8 rounds of 20 seconds with a 10 second break between each one. The first series was press ups followed by a clap of each hand with the person in front of you. GREAT, as I cannot do push ups at all! The next stop was at Millennium Bridge but this time with Mountain Climbers and then the last was back at Tower of London for Russian Twists.
Now all of that was fun (to an extent) I do however worry sometimes that the emphasis is on speed rather than form when doing these core exercises especially to fast music so I was aching for the next few days but couldn’t tell if it was strain or the fact that I had worked out my core! By the end of the run I personally thought a size 5 were not true to size and by the time we were on our way back to the store I was scrunching my toes at the front of the shoe which was then putting some strain on my calf, not ideal. So to be honest although not a bad price point at £80 I personally wouldn’t be rushing out to buy this shoe.