August 29, 2011

You Heard it Here First!



If you're any sort of running shoe junkie, you know about the upcoming line of Brooks shoes called Pures. I could attempt to explain the technology behind these, but that would be a waste of time for me. You can read all about it here.

While in Washington this summer, we were fortunate enough to hear a presentation about the Pure line of shoes. We were given enough background to get us really pumped up about these shoes. Brooks ID members were able to pre-order these, but not actually receive them until Oct. 1 (or so we thought). Little did we know, Brooks had a little surprise for us. SIDENOTE: One thing I love about Brooks is that they really, really respect and honor high school coaches. That's kind of rare these days. In a world that takes the entire teaching profession for granted, it is so awesome to know that MY sponsor appreciates what I do (or did). END NOTE. Last Friday, after a tiring week, feet killing me, dreading my planned track workout, I received a package. To my surprise it was a pair of Pure Connects! I hadn't ordered these, and had no idea they were coming. By my squeals of joy, my neighbors probably thought I had received a box of hundreds. Enclosed was a letter from Brooks CEO, encouraging us to wear and love the new shoes. All of a sudden, I couldn't WAIT to get to the track. And here begins my shoe review of all my Brooks shoes:

Ravenna
Oh how I love this stable ride. It is by far my favorite training shoe for everyday miles. Also, through my training logs, I can tell you that shoe lasts more miles than any of my other Brooks shoes. I love its safe feeling, but comfy enough for the long miles. It comes in a variety of colors, too!

Summons
I recently got this shoe b/c of the "cuteness" factor. The cushioning of it is good, but it is a bit wider than my other shoes, causing me some slipping. I will still get good use out of them through easy runs, though, but probably not long runs where slippage could lead to blisters.

Launch
This is one of my favorites for workouts and marathons. To me, it's the perfect balance of cushioning and lightness. I wear these for all my quality work and some races.

Green Silence
I want to love this shoe. I mean, it looks completely awesome, and is super light. They just aren't a good fit for me. They were also too wide, even wider than the Summons. I like the weight and "free" feel of them, though. At the RnR Seattle expo I met a FB friend and fellow Brooks guy that showed me a new way to lace the Green Silence so that they fit tighter. I did enjoy them a lot more after I learned the new strategy. Problem was that for some reason I developed top-of-the-foot pain, which I believe was from the Silences. So... I wear them for easy runs, too, with the old lacing style. (Better to be loose than to cause foot injury.)

Glycerin
I love these cute little buggers. They don't have quite the stability as the Ravennas, but have GREAT cushioning. I wear these shoes for long runs and easy runs, pretty much any non-speed workout. They will withstand the mileage and feel great the whole way. I am a big fan of the color schemes of the Glycerins, too.

And.... Dom Dom Dom.... The Pure Connects
Please forgive my non-technical terms. Sometimes I think my brain is stuck in teacher mode where I talk to everyone like they are in elementary school. Anyway, these shoes are WHERE IT IS AT! My research had shown me that one purpose of these shoes was to promote natural running form, which meant very little heel lift. The shape of the shoe (and weight) actually reminds me of old waffle shoes I wore for high school XC. BUT... in some weird kind of way, there is support there. I know you're wondering how (and I am too, actually), but it feels like this shoe *hugs* your feet. You are definitely more aware of the terrain you are running on. We ran our warm up down by the bay and I ran on a tad bit of gravel. I could feel it more than regular trainers, but not like painful or bothersome. Once we hit the track, I felt like the shoe actually promoted my foot forward, but that may have been because I was more aware of the lack of heel lift. Does that make sense? I also felt that there was support on the arch, but more of a *wrap around* feel than an underneath feel. There is really no way describe these shoes. They are the most incredible feeling things I have ever put on. Very unique. With that being said, because it is a minimalist shoe, I will reserve it for track workouts for now. I am still trying to learn how to best incorporate it into my heavy training weeks. (So many shoes to choose from!) Speaking of that day at the track...

I finally want to report on a workout. I absolutely blew one out of the park, first time in FOREVER it felt like. Here's what went down, and why (for once) I think it was awesome. I was scheduled for 12 x 400 with 1 minute recoveries. My target was 1:28-1:30. As the rest of the country begins to see signs of fall, we on the coast suffer through another 2-3 months of extreme heat and humidity. The evening of the workout was 93* and so humid. We had a group of 6 out for track work. Daniel and Courtney were aiming for about 1:22-1:24 with the same workout. My plan was to stay a couple of seconds behind him to hit my target paces. I hit the first one at 1:26, which scared me a bit with thinking that I was going to blow it, knowing that 12 repeats are nothing to turn your note up at. But, as the workout ticked on, 1:26 was actually my 2nd slowest repeat. All repeats were 1:26-1:24, but the last one. I was truly spent and hit that one at 1:28. I went back and looked at my results from this workout back in April and was very pleased to see how much I've improved, even with the heat factor! The time I did this workout, I hit 1:28-1:30 with FULL 400 recoveries. So... less recovery, hotter temps, but faster paces. Whooohhoooooo!

My long runs have been improving, too, despite the temps. Today's 19 miler was 7:40 pace with VERY humid conditions. So... things are looking good in the training dept!

10 comments:

  1. I accidently left out the Racer ST in my shoe description. I really like these shoes, but did not have success wearing the older models in the marathon. I ended RnR Seattle with huge blood blisters, despite wearing them in numerous half marathons. I am hoping the new model will work better for me. No worries, I will try them out on a super LR beforehand!

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  2. Thanks for the reviews. Looking forward to trying out the Pures too.

    What's the alternative way to lace the Green Silence? I really like this shoe, but hate the lacing system. Sometimes it takes me three or four "attempts" to get the correct tightness.

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  3. I love how your "shoe garage" looks almost identical to mine, except I still have to wait for my Pure Flows!

    Your training's coming along awesomely (is that a word??)!! I'm pumped up for your progress!

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  4. Great workout! And I might have to try the Pures, sounds right up my alley.

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  5. Thanks for the shoe review! You are killing it on your workouts! :)

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  6. thanks for the reviews! sadly i tend to chose shoes based on price tag. although those pure connects sound pretty sweet. as does that workout. or at least the fact that you rocked the workout. in itself i could leave it :)

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  7. Thanks for sharing! I love Asics but am aiming towards Brooks because of my experience with the Adrenaline. The Pure Connects sound AWESOME!!! I think I will get a pair.

    By the way, great workouts! :)

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  8. That's awesome. I have been reaing a lot about the Pure project. I just bought my first pair of Ravenna's and I am anxious to see how they work for me.

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  9. Good reviews. I heart the Adrenalines and the Launches. I used to wear the Ravenna but it's too narrow for me. I like the Green Silences because of the extra width, but it also took me a couple tries to get the laces to the right tightness. I've been wary of the GS these days because I can't put my orthotics in them. I tried the Glycerins once but they were so heavy I felt like I had cement blocks on my feet.

    I'd like to try the Pure Cadence but it's not available in wide and I need that extra width for my stupid bunions.

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  10. Squeee! What fun to tryall those shoes! It's helpful for me to read your reviews since I'm such a creature of habit/comfort with my shoes-know they'll fit everyone a little different but it makes me want to get out of my comfort zone with different shoes.

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