So ... to the gentleman with the dog this morning ... sorry we didn't stop, I really wasn't trying to be rude. Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org sometime ... we obviously live pretty close to each other. I would love to chat and maybe meet!
|Size 12 bright blue Brooks Pure Flow's|
And in the quest to find a light weight, yet soft and supportive, minimalist shoe that can stand up to extreme mileage, I've experimented with several brands. I've went through Nike Lunarglide, Brooks Pure Cadence, Skechers GoRun Ride and GoRun 2 ... and now ... drum-roooooooollllllll ... back to the Brooks Pure series!
The Nike's just didn't work, and the jury is still out on whether or not the Skechers can withstand the mileage. The reason I went away from the Brooks Pure series the first time was I because I was just beginning the forefoot strike thing, plus I just didn't get a good fit with them. I think I probably had them sized a little too big because they really slipped a lot in the toe area. And honestly, I think most of that had to do with improper foot angle during the landing. But now that I've the whole foot strike issue figured out a little more, I decided to give the Brooks minimalist shoes another try. I've always loved Brooks products and felt bad having to go away from them for a while.
If you've followed my blog for any length of time, you've probably gathered that I'm not real flashy. Some would say boring. Plain. Even mildly dull. In the Kaleidoscope of life ... I'm a grainy old black & white film. Guilty! I'm just not the most exciting dude in the world, and when it comes to fashion, that couldn't be more evident. I like muted dull colors. Black. Gray. White. Some faded blues. BUT NOTHING ELSE!!! So in my running shoes, I've always tried to follow those general guidelines. Problem ... with all of you fancy-pants, blinding color-happy, try to outshine the sun fashionistas out there ... it's getting harder to find dull shoes. STOP IT!!! I finally had to cave in and join the rest of you "HEY LOOK AT MY SPARKLY BRIGHT SHOES!!!" runner types out there, and bought a pair of bright blue (with orange highlights for cryin' out loud) Brooks Pure Flows. I almost made myself wanna puke putting them on. So embarrassing. I actually thought about carrying a purse during my run. But I'm trying branch out a little and not be so stuffy. So good luck with that.
As far as the fit ... I love 'em! I literally took them out of the box this morning and ran 18 miles in them, very comfortably. The only minor issue I had was my left arch getting a little tight toward the end of the run, but I think that was non shoe related. They felt fairly light (about 8.5 oz), and seemed to support 18 fastish miles fairly well. So they passed first test. Plus, no one shouted, "Nice shoes Lucy!" or threw anything from an open car window ... so that was nice! I'll give 'em an honest go, and try not to complain too much.
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... be great today!