Friends I would like to formally introduce you to…Team Brooks. I understand that most women have a jewelry collection, high heel collection or maybe just a lot of babies, but I have a Team of shoes. Each lovely pair plays a role to get me through the week and they really haven’t been given due credit recently.
Here are the walkers because you know you shouldn’t wear your running shoes for just walking…and let’s be honest I walk about an hour a day. Unfortunately their fit just wasn’t right to qualify for the running squad. In fact, I was working so hard to make these New Balance shoes work you can see they are wearing some Mizuno insoles…identity crisis.
Here we have the long run gurus. Mizuno’s have found a little space in my heart that they just won’t let go of and the Somnio’s appeared like a lost puppy and after one run I knew they’d be sticking around for good. The original insoles provided the best ITB relief, but created some horrific blisters so with new insoles the Somnio’s are a solid long run partner. You’ll notice the Mizunos are sporting my Road ID because well long runs are when I feel I need it the most!
Here we have the speed team. The Nike Free’s haven’t been making the grade lately, so I’m very excited to introduce the Saucony Kinvara. The Saucony has just a little more firmness to the shoe and has been great for all of my 7 mile interval runs lately…I hope to work up to using them for my half marathons. Plus they are covered with clover leafs…seriously a shoe that makes my ITB happy, is light for speed AND is a clearly lucky shoe..what more could I want?!
Next we have the hikers…bright yellow Montrails to ensure I can always find my footing and then some StuffIts because as you know getting dirty and wet often happens when you hit the trails! I honestly wish these got more of a workout, but trails are sparse in Miami.
Finally we have the triplets…one is missing because they stay with my parents in KC. You know how siblings fight for attention. This particular model of Mizuno just worked for me and got me through 2 marathons so it’s no surprise that when one was reaching it’s limit I just got another pair! The have only a few miles left in them, but I’m having trouble saying good bye.
The one thing I’ve noticed on Team Brooks is that all the tongues of my shoes en up to the sides of my shoe. You can see it very well in the picture above… I’m wondering does this happen to you? Or is this an issue with my stride?
How does your team look? And yes by calling it a team you can justify the expense of multiple pairs.
I am grateful for Kinvara
I am grateful for Mizuno
I am grateful for insoles
I am grateful for running stores
I am grateful for yellow