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Brooks Running Shoes

This post is about my beloved Brooks running shoes. Which ones I own, and which ones I am considering to get for my next big event(s). I have dedicated myself to two half marathons in 2014, and I’m sure other spontaneous races will arise, like 5k’s, 10k’s, and other fun run’s . I like to have at least two pairs of shoes, my oldies, my newbies, and perhaps a pair of hip looking Nikes just for weight lifting and Orange Theory Fitness workouts, as well as just kicking it in. LOL, well that means running around doing errands.

When choosing running shoes, it’s important to find your perfect fit. Category types are based on factors like arch height, running habits and body frame. – Roadrunner Sports


Women’s Brooks Glycerin 10



Boston, Winter 2011 at Great Boston Running Company 94 Derby St., Ste 213, Hingham, MA 02043

Accomplished events:

  1. Walt Disney World Half Marathon 2012 (time – 2.01.11)
  2. Green Turtle Gallop 10K Main Event 2012 (5th in my age group – [ran two fun races two weekends in a row prior & didn’t train].)
  3. Two Orange Theory Dri Tri, (placing 2nd – woohoo! Missy is hard to beat!)
  4. At least 100+ miles since February 2012


Okay, so this are my very first pair of Brooks running shoes, and I am fully sold on how well they help me perform. I was a participant apart of Team in Training (TNT), a specialized training program for people who are willing to run an endurance event while fundraising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). I raised $2,100, and it was not easy. I actually was more focused on the training aspect than fundraising, when all my teammates were the opposite and exceeded with their funds! Anyways, the reason why I decided to do TNT was because the blood cancer Lymphoma runs in my family. It has affected people close to me, including my twice survived Grandmother Mary Kelly. SHE IS MY ROCK. I look up to her for her strength, wisdom and her classy/proper way of living. She’s also very cutesy and adorable! Can you tell I get a lot of great traits from her – and my Aunt Eileen as well! 😉

So, it was December 2011, winter in Massachusetts, pretty and chilly outside. The entire family visits my Grammy’s house in a suburb outside of Boston, it’s an annual family tradition. We always go to a nice little restaurant called Summer Shack in Derby Shoppes in Hingham. While everyone else enjoyed fried clams, I chose a nice healthy dish of salmon or some type of light fish and veggies. Nearby was a fine-looking running store called Great Boston Running Company, so after dinner my father and I decided to check it out. And what do you know? Groupon was offering a $50 coupon worth of running apparel or shoes, for only $25 – so ultimately we saved $25. I said “we” because my father decided to buy me a nice pair of running shoes as an Xmas gift, and for my TNT endurance event, which to be held on January 12, 2012 a Half Marathon at Walt Disney World.

I went in there, and there were two people working, a male and female. They both were runners. Serious runners. It was good to actually talk to people who were passionate about their profession and knew what they were selling! I was asked some questions, and told to run. They looked at me to configure the type of runner I am by checking out my stride and foot placement. It came to the conclusion that I have a normal arch, even balanced, and I definitely am a forefoot runner. Then they picked out a few pairs of shoes for me to try, and luckily these were one of them because I really liked the appearance of them. Now Brooks shoes have this sort of technology that enables the cushion to form to your foot, and as your pound on it while running, it does not flatten. It actually sort of stays pretty stable, and keeps a decent cushion, that forms to the method you run. Which is very unlike other shoes I have run with, like Asics and DEFINITELY Nike – both lost their shape and cushion after heavy usage.

Continuing on…I know the new and updated Glycerin’s will MORE than suffice – I really do swear up and down upon them. But I also have listed a few other Brooks I like. Note: category type is quoted from


Women’s Brooks Glycerin 11



Category Type:

If you have a high arch, are a high-mileage runner, or want the maximum amount of cushioning, Neutral+ is your shoe style. Enjoy a smooth ride with enhanced cushioning and reduced impact with improved shock absorption. If pronation is not a problem then choose Neutral+ shoes

Women’s Brooks Ravenna 4


Although I have had a successful experience with the Glycerin 10, and most likely will stick with this model. I did the Shoe Dog test on and it came up with this awesome shoe below! I LOVE IT! It’s just so sick! LOL yes I just said sick. Or ill, fresh, dope, hip. May be for my birthday I’ll get them on September 16th, if I decide this are them. I do not know yet because according to the video on Roadrunner’s site, they are more of a light weight and glove-like fit shoe. I tend to like more cushioning, and all that jazz.

Category Type:


Runners with average arch height looking for a blend of cushioning and support can’t go wrong with Stability shoes. Get a smooth transition from heel strike to toe off. Enjoy a well-guided stride and perfect arch support to keep you going for miles.

Women’s Brooks Trance 12


AND…I also like these too! Although I’m more girly & polished like the Glycerin design or hip & happening like the Ravenna’s, these are pretty cool too. They are a little bit pricier, and for a reason, watch the video on for the shoe’s features. I may even like this more in person, because the of the colors. I love dark grey, white, purple and pink, and especially that pink sole! By the performance and build of these shoes may just be what I need.

Category Type:

STABILITY+ Get the guidance and support you need to keep you running strong and feeling stable mile after mile. If you have an average arch but like extra cushioning and support, Stability+ shoes are your perfect pick.

Help me decide which shoe to buy! Check out the videos and more specs on