|Brooks shoe line-up|
I have been running in Brooks since about 1999 or 2000. First in the Adrenaline (12mm heel-toe drop) then the Addiction (12mm heel-toe drop), then the Adrenaline for years. In the last couple years, I've graduated to a non-support/non-control neutral shoe, the Ghost (12 mm heel-toe drop), and love them. I especially like the slightly roomier toe box in the Ghost. I tried on the Ravenna which is a step between the Adrenaline and Ghost but the fit just wasn't as comfortable to me. As I've tried to change from a strong heel-strike to a mid-foot strike over the last 2 years, I've been proud of my move to the Ghost and was very excited when Brooks came out with their lower heel-to-toe drop PureProject line (4mm, which is pretty darn close enough to 0mm).
|PureFlow, sexiest shoe ever|
I really wanted to like the PureProject shoes and this spring, I purchased a pair of the PureFlow. These shoes were easily the sexiest shoes I'd ever owned. A couple days after running in them (too far, too fast), I developed plantar fasciitis. In the months I couldn't run, I wore my PureFlows around & to work to help my feet build up strength. Also, during this time, I ditched all my Daskos and any other shoe in my closet (work shoes especially) that weren't flat or flexible.
Months later after starting to run again, I started back using my Adrenaline and the Glycerin that I got at the Online Shoes/Brooks girls night. The Adrenaline offers more support than the Glycerin, which is a more souped-up version of the Ghost (i.e., more cushioning). I have no complaints about either the Adrenaline or the Glycerin but I think I still prefer the Ghost as it's just a little, tiny bit easier to get my mid-foot strike in the Ghost.
In the last month as my confidence as grown, I started using the PureCadence, also received at the girls night out. Wearing them just walking around and also on shorter runs, I could feel my PF niggling at me again. Coincidence? I don't know. To be safe, I recently donated my PureFlows (logged < 10 miles in them; donated while in NJ at the Seaside 5k, hopefully they will find someone to love them) and I just mailed my PureCadence (logged < 30 miles) to another local blogger.
So where does this leave me? I'm content with my Ghost and Glycerin, am pleasantly surprised by the performance and fit of the Elixir, and am cautious about the Intuition.
I'm thinking I will continue running in my Elixir for most shorter training runs, Glycerin for longer runs, due to the extra cushioning, and will see if one of those wins me over. Because the Elixir has less cushioning, I am a little concerned about its performance for longer (> 2 hr) runs. Also, I will try working in the Intuition for runs up to 3 miles to see how my feet/calves handle the truly minimal shoe.
It seems crazy that I have this many pairs of running shoes, as normally I have ONE pair only. I'm thankful to Online Shoes and Brooks for allowing me to experiment.
Anyone have thoughts about these shoes? Does heel-toe drop affect your foot-strike? Do you think I'm grasping at straws?