If you know me, you know I’m a shoe hoarder. I run in so many different brands at the moment – Mizuno, Nike, New Balance, and my very latest love affair…BROOKS. To be honest, even just a few months ago I associated Brooks with the 90s, sneakers I would have worn when I was in grade school. I know of a handful of bloggers who run in them – Janae is the first that comes to mind – but it was hard for me to wrap my head around them as being an awesome brand for marathon training (or even just running in general). It’s silly to judge before trying, but I’ll admit that I was guilty of it! I’m happy that it didn’t last long and grateful for a recent opportunity that had me change my mind.
A while back I was invited to an event – Breakfast with Brooks – that was taking place here in Toronto. I decided to go and see what it was all about. It never hurts to learn about new-to-you brands, right? Tell me you wouldn’t want to go to an event and stare at running shoes and clothes all morning! TELL ME.
First off, Brooks uses the slogan and hashtag #RUNHAPPY. A reminder to always be thankful that our bodies can carry us through some really tough training days and races. Even when I’m running grumpy, I end up happy at the end. I never regret a run and 9 times out of 10, I’m in a different (and better) mood once it’s over.
Brooks also knows how to feed runners. Seriously. Give me ALL the smoothie bowls.
We got to hear a great presentation given by some Brooks Gurus and learned a lot about the brand itself, Brooks’ recent comeback into the running world, as well as the technologies behind some apparel and footwear. I was also given the opportunity to have a real gait analysis done. I’ve had running store employees look at my feet before and recommend certain shoes but this was the first time that I’ve actually been filmed running on a treadmill.
I used to over-pronate a FREAK TON so whenever I had to buy shoes, I beelined to the “support” section. Over the years, my gait has changed slightly and I’ve actually been preferring the feel of neutral shoes for all of my runs. According to my gait analysis above, my preference for neutral shoes was validated. The recommendations made for me were the Ravenna for longer runs and the Ghost or Glycerin for regular training. To be honest, I tried on the Ravenna and I did not like the feel of them at all but I did get a pair of Ghosts and Glycerins and have only good things to say about both so far. I also recently got the Pure Grit for trail running and hiking!
I have run the most miles in the Glycerins (bottom left) and they have become my go-to for most of my long runs. I remember taking them out for 9 miles straight out of the box without any discomfort or “new shoe” feeling. It was kind of strange!! They are neutral but have really awesome cushioning (they call it Super DNA) that makes me feel like I’m running on marshmallows. I wore them for SeaWheeze and found them light enough to race in too (9.3 oz). That might be heavy for some of you and actually may be my heaviest running shoe, but they’re just so comfortable and I don’t think the weight impacted my race performance at all.
I don’t have many miles in the Ghosts yet but am hoping to get full reviews done soon. I just wanted to share my whole gait analysis experience with you because I think it’s super helpful and got me into some pretty great shoes. I know a lot of running stores provide the service or you can even ask your PT if you have one! Happy feet make happy runners, yes? I’ve learned the hard way that I can’t just run in any shoes because I think they’re pretty. Not all shoes are made for all feet but when you find a pair made for YOUR feet…it’s bliss. Am I right or am I right?
Hope you had a great Monday!