Every time I travel I take my running shoes with me. I don’t always have time for a run, but, just in case I do, I’d rather pack my gear than regret afterwards. Last week, in Sibiu, I took with me a new, ultra light pair of shoes, that I feel it ‘propulses’ me when training on short distances.
Most running shoes are ugly enough not to be able to wear them on the streets – well, at least not without being ashamed of how I look. Fortunately, this has not been an issue with the pair of shoes I’ve been testing lately, as they are pretty enough to be show stoppers. I’ve never before been approached by so many strangers curious to know what brand of shoes I’m rocking, or people replying to my Instastories to ask me the same question.
The model is called Cloudflow and it’s from ON, a brand born in Switzerland in 2010, created by the former professional athlete Olivier Bernhard (three-times world duathlon champion and multiple Ironman winner) together with his friends (also runners) David Allemann and Caspar Coppetti.
This is actually the second pair of running shoes I have from them, after running with Cloudsurfer for the first half of this year (and setting a PB at the Bucharest half-marathon).
I enjoyed them so much that I accepted their invitation to be one of On Running’s ambassadors as part of a local marketing campaign called #RemixedRomania, so you can except to see my shoelfies posted on their Facebook page from now on. The pic below is the first in a year-long series:
While in Sibiu, the odds of making time for a run during the International Theatre Festival were pretty low. My days were crazy enough already, split between working and festival-related activities such as workshops, exhibitions, and performances – even up to four shows per day, ending my days after midnight. After all these, I was way too exhausted for any physical activity.
In my fifth day there, alas, an event was rescheduled, no more stormy dark clouds threatening, my energy was still at a decent level, so no excuses left. I put on my running gear and went to Sub Arini, a beautiful nearby park recommended by a runner friend (this was the first time I ran in Sibiu, so I had no idea where to go, although I’ve been visiting the city since the year I was born ).
Here are a few pics taken while wearing ON in Sibiu, including a terrible bathroom pic. I’m suspecting I was born without the selfies genes.
p.s. thanks, Alex, for your patience during the Sub Arini photoshoot/run.