Ready to Run: 3 New Brooks Running Pieces for Summer

Ghost 5

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Since the beginning of the year, I’ve really been running in more minimalist shoes. Not fully on the barefoot-running trend yet, I’ve gotten used to light shoes that are flexible and really adapt to whatever it is I’m doing, whether that’s a longer run or sprints or even a CrossFit workout after I hit the trail for a jog. So, I was a bit skeptical about going back to traditional running shoes. But the Brooks Running Ghost 5—the first and only pair of Brooks I’ve ever actually had my tootsies in—proved me wrong. Pretty dang light compared to my older pairs of running shoes, these felt goood on.

I have a neutral footstrike, and this shoe is for strikers like me. With Brooks’ DNA cushioning (this was the cool exhibit I showed in the photos in yesterday’s post) you get both support and cushioning that you can really feel. The midsole is also more flexible than most running shoes with “Omega Flex Grooves” and a “Caterpillar Crash Pad” that helps give you a really smooth heel-to-toe transition. Of all the shoes I’ve ever run in, I would say that these are the ones that make me feel the most supported and the most fluid—I may not be as fast as a Kenyan or look like a Keyan when I run, but I kind of feel like one in these. For $110, if you’re a regular runner with a neutral footstrike, they are worth every penny. Oh, and they come in fun colors. Bonus.

Stay tuned for next week when Tish shares her review of fun new Brooks Running pieces she tried, too! And, tell us, do you have a favorite Brooks Running short, tank or shoe?—Jenn


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  1. Debbie says:

    Oh what a pretty shoe! No, I’m an Asics girl, but only because I haven’t tried Brooks. My the shorts are short aren’t they? I have pretty short liners I wear running with short shorts. Boys will be boys and look, you know? I’ll keep an eye out for Brook sales.

  2. CarynW says:

    I am in LOVE with the new PureCadence (in hot, screaming pink!). Just got a pair a week ago, and did a 5 mile run this past weekend. They are cushy, but super lightweight and great for promoting a better stride.
    I also got rather brave and recently picked up the d’lite mesh skort. I say “brave” because I’m normally a SkirtSports girl.. I like a little more coverage (forget shorts, those things would ride up on me in the first 10 steps!). I’d tried other Brooks skorts before, and always had to send them back because they would do the same 🙁
    The d’lite skort, however, has little grippies in the shorts, and they stayed put even after a NASTY, sweaty interval run in high humidity! And it feels like you’re wearing nothing, so there ya go!

  3. I’ve actually been a Brooks girl since 2009 and it’s all I run in. I’m just breaking in my Pure Cadence right now and they are FABULOUS! I also have a pair of old Adrenalines and Trances that have been “retired” for runs, but I just can’t let them go, so they’re used with insoles for hikes, walks, outdoor activities, etc. And then my normal 2 pairs of Adrenalines and a pair of Green Silence are in the current rotation with the Pure Cadences. Just picked up the 3.5″ shorts (non-woven ones, but now I really want to try them) and LOVE them! Love the soft, wide waistband and don’t mind that they’re short. I’m short (5′), so why shouldn’t my shorts be short, too?!