To say I was looking forward to racing before this would have been true, but now after trialing the new ASICS METARACER I can truly say I AM BUZZING and READY to race when the opportunity arises!

When it comes to race day for me, I always aim to stand on the start line knowing I am as best prepared as possible. The training is complete, the body is fuelled, and I am ready to put my best foot forward. The ASICS METARACER is now the new armour I need to ensure I am ready for the battle to commence. If you are looking for that extra edge, then look no further.

The METARACER is the newest addition to  the ASICS line of performance shoes and is specifically for race day. This is the fastest marathon shoe ASICS has ever made, however I have tested this shoe over an interval session and a 5k time trial, this shoe is not just for the longer distance.

When taking a race shoe into consideration, my main priority is how responsive they feel when I run. I always like to trial a shoe in session which will be similar to race pace. As I’ve had no track access, I completed my session on the road, which I think is a perfect test for these shoes. Even though my session was on an undulating surface, my pace did not suffer. You can really feel the effect of the carbon plate through the responsiveness’ of the shoe. The one thing that really struck me about the shoe was the cushioning it offered. Even towards the end of my session when I was really pushing the pace (3.20/km) I didn’t have that feeling of loosing running technique, as my feet and legs felt pretty fresh.

The sole of the METARACER offers a beautiful rolling momentum, transitioning seamlessly from one stride to the next. For me this is a key aspect of the shoe, as it offers you the opportunity to get into consistent rhythm, an important aspect when aiming for a specific race time or goal. This is an effect of the GUIDESOLE™ technology which increases propulsion, while the carbon plate in the forefoot helps reduce the overall load on the lower limbs. It’s a win win for me!

The striking black ASICS logo on the Sunrise Red mesh ensures you are looking your best on race day, which personally I find is an important aspect. I love how the upper fits around the ankle. The mesh and textile is designed to improve airflow, through the lightweight and supportive textile. This is key for staying cool when your burning up the last few KM’s! Some of the key details include:

For anyone who is looking to attain a new PB or race goal, this is the shoe for you. I would recommend this shoe for distances of 5k to full marathon. If your competitive like me and want to achieve your goals, get ready to finish faster with the ASICS METARACER!


The METARACER™ Tokyo shoe is made for runners who want the most out of their fast-paced training and racing. Featuring a limited model offering, this iteration is displayed with a Sunrise Red colorway to symbolize and celebr...


written by

Grace Lynch

Sports and exercise scientist/ RDO Athletics Ireland / athlete/ Neuromuscular Physical Therapist from Limerick,Ireland

Age group: 24-30

Club: Iveragh athletic Club

Coach: Emmett Dunleavy

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