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Let’s talk about Brooks!! One of my very first jobs in the running industry was selling running shoes. The store I worked at is where I first fell in love with running and started to consider myself not just a girl who ran but a runner!
One of my go-to shoes during that time was the Brooks Glycerin. Shortly after I graduated from college there was an opening for a local field marketing representative for Brooks. After applying for the job twice, I eventually got the job (a lesson in not giving up!!) and I have loved the brand ever since. It’s been 15 or so years since I worked for Brooks but I’ve continued to keep their shoes in my running shoe rotation, specifically the Glycerin.
I ordered the Brooks Glycerin 18 from Zappos on Friday afternoon and by Saturday morning they had already shipped! Patience is a virtue I joke, that I was not born with, so I’m a huge fan of how easy it is to order from Zappos and how quickly whatever I order arrives!
I’m a Zappos VIP (FREE to join) which is why I often purchase shoes from them. One of the perks of being a VIP is that when you return an item you don’t have to wait for it to make its way back to Zappos before they credit your payment method back. This makes for no-stress, easy returns!
The Brooks Glycerin 18 is a solid neutral shoe with a 10mm offset. I’m a neutral runner who rolls a bit to the outside (supinate) so I always run in neutral shoes. Brooks states on their website that in this version of the Glycerin there is a “reconfigured midsole allows more DNA LOFT cushioning underfoot for extreme plushness.” I completely agree with their description of how the shoe feels. It literally feels like I’m running on clouds while also not feeling so soft that it feels unstable.
I mention this all the time but I’m going to repeat it again – one of the main ways that I’ve managed to stay injury free for the past 20 years has been rotating my running shoes. You can rotate your running shoes one of three ways, between different shoes from the same brand or different shoes from different brands, or a combination of different shoes from the same brand plus different shoes from other brands.
One of the main complaints I hear about this practice is that not everyone can afford to have a zillion pairs of running shoes, which I definitely can appreciate. If you can budget the money in advance, rotating between two pairs of shoes can actually extend the life of each pair of running shoes by giving the shoes a “break” between runs.
Running shoes typically last between 300 – 500 miles. You will hear about runners who can get higher mileage on a pair or those who start to feel niggles at 250. In my experience as someone who has been running races for 20 years you absolutely get more mileage out of any one running shoe if you aren’t wearing that shoe every single day. Buying two pairs at once can often help you save money in the long run if your shoes last longer.
It’s also always good to keep in mind that running shoes should be primarily kept for just running, not only is this a great mental practice to get in to so that when you put on your running shoes your body knows it’s time to run, but also because a mile walking around the grocery store is the same as running a mile. If you want to cut down on cost, wear other shoes when walking around and save your running shoes for running.
Brooks has always been a brand that I’ve felt feels great straight out of the box. There is zero break in time for me, so instead of running a couple of shorter runs in them to get used to them, I can jump right in to whatever mileage I have planned for that day!
I’m wearing the Greenlight 7” Short Tight in these photos and LOVE them! I’m always on the hunt for good black running shorts and while these are longer than what I typically wear I am a big fan of these shorts. The side pocket is perfect for holding gels and the pocket is even big enough that it holds my phone while running! I have last years version of these in capris and have loved the mesh paneling on the side.
Zappos has 11 colorways of the Glycerin 18. The colorway I have is the Black/Blackened Pearl/Latte color way. I’ve been a fan of black running shoes since Des Linden wore all black Brooks running shoes when she won the Boston Marathon!