Happy Tuesday that feels like a Monday! Canadians had Thanksgiving yesterday, so no school and no work. I’m pretty tired from the weekend and need a weekend to recover from the weekend. Soon it will be time to pack again and head to Toronto for STWM!
After STWM, my plan is to go back to the beginning and work on my form. I have a number of form issues that need working in order to make me a faster runner. I have the cardio to run for hours, but I’m not really running efficiently. Something that has been commented on several times is the type of shoes I wear – supportive shoes. During my running assessment last year, it was suggested that I gradually work down to more neutral shoes rather than supportive shoes, especially for shorter distances. I bought one pair of neutral shoes and they did not work for me at all. I figured that I still needed supportive shoes and have since tried a variety of pairs including Mizuno Wave Inspires, Brooks Ravenna and New Balance 1260s. The Mizuno Wave Inspires used to be my shoe of choice, but one day they suddenly stopped working. Since then I’ve tried some other shoes, eventually really liking the New Balance 1260s. Still – all the shoes I have been buying are supportive shoes.
Brooks recently contacted me to try a pair of shoes of my choice. I went to the Brooks website and used the Shoe Finder to figure out what shoes I should try. After completing the tests, the shoes that came up for me were the Glycerin 13s – surprise! So, I gave them a try.
After a few weeks wearing the Glycerins for all of my shorter distance training runs – I’m in love. These shoes are actually working for me. They feel light, and make it feel like I’m wearing anything yet are still cushioned. I haven’t tried them out on any long runs yet – but I think I will try once I go back down to 8-10K long runs in order to build up.
The Brooks Glycerin 13s are a neutral, cushioning shoe, weigh 9.3 oz, and feature a shoe drop of 10mm. The Glycerins feature Super DNA cushioning that actually cushions to where YOU need it most. It also helps with a smoother transition from heel to toe and as I’ve experienced, does put a little bit of pep in your step. I have noticed that I am running a tad bit faster in the Glycerins than my New Balance Shoes. However, since I’ve worn the Ravenna’s too – I will say that the Ravennas help me use my glutes a bit more than the Glycerins as I feel like the Ravennas have a bit more of a curve in the toe.
For those interested in style/colours the Brooks Glycerins are a nice looking shoe! I was given a pair of the pink Glycerin 13s. The pinks shoes have some teal in there too (my favorite colour). I love that running shoes these days are all about bright and vibrant colours. Noted by one of my track friends – part of the sole has the same colouring as the top part of the shoe, making the sole appear slimmer than it actually is.
One other thing about the Glycerins that I absolutely love and is probably saving my injured butt is the heel collar. Yes – you heard that right, the heel collar. Although we are still trying to figure out the root cause of my calf pain over the past few months, one thing that seems to make my leg angry is a rough heel collar. The Glycerins’ heel collar is made up of a different type of material, almost silky. It is also very plush and not rigid. Meaning – it isn’t aggravating my nerves in my foot and my leg is feeling PB-ready for this weekend’s half marathon. I’m definitely Running Happy!
There isn’t much to not like about the Brook Glycerins. The only thing that concerns me is the price of the shoes (around $180). However, as many runners/running experts have said, you need to be careful about what kind of shoes you put on your feet. The Glycerins might work for me – they might not for you. Check out the Shoe Finder on the website and also try on a pair at a store prior to buying.
Stay tuned for another Brooks post when I talk about the LSD Jacket!
Brooks Canada provided me with a pair of Glycerin 13s to review. I was not paid for this post and all opinions are my own.
Thanks to my Mom for taking pictures of me running around Sandbanks!