For the past 2 weeks or so I’ve been running in new shoes. Not just new shoes, but a whole new model of shoe! For the past 7 years I have worn Brooks Adrenaline GTS and loved them. I’ve not had a single injury, I’ve ran well, and I’ve felt great. I would sometimes look at other shoes with a little longing, but I couldn’t shake the feeling that my Adrenalines have never treated me wrong. Still, earlier this year I did some reading and learned that the Brooks Ravennas are very similar to the Adrenalines, but with slightly less support and are lighter overall. I found a great sale on a pair ($70!) and decided to try it, knowing if I felt even a twinge of injury I could switch back to the Adrenalines.
I figured the differences between the two shoes would be subtle, but I was really surprised at how obviously lighter and less chunky the Ravennas are, at least when I’m holding the two. When I’m running I don’t notice a huge difference. They feel a little different but it’s not like I’m suddenly flying along because my shoes are an ounce lighter (or whatever the difference is). Still, it’s nice to branch out and I like knowing I can wear a slightly less supportive shoe. I’m hoping that means my feet will get stronger since they’ll have less shoe working for them. And so far I haven’t felt any injuries or tweaks, so I’ve been happy to wear them every day.
Last night I got out of work a little early since the internet was down, so I got home in time to run the Tuesday night trail 5k. I texted the midwife before the race to doublecheck that it was okay for me to run in the heat and she said yes, since she trusted I knew my limits. I kept my pace moderate and carried a handheld bottle of water so I could keep cooler by drinking. In the last mile I slowed a little since I had a side-stitch, but it was definitely just an old-fashioned side-stitch and not anything baby related. I finished in 30:16, which broke my sub-30 streak, but I was pretty much expecting that given it was 91 degrees outside!
I was late taking a picture this week so here’s 23 weeks (and 4 days) in sweaty, drippy glory!
What kind of shoe do you run in? Do you bounce between models or are you faithful to one?