I mentioned that I got a new pair of running shoes a week or so ago, but I never shared much info about the shoes besides what they were, Brooks Glycerin 11. This was the second pair of new shoes that I have bought in about a month span, but I would not consider the purchase of the frivolous variety. Susan would probably disagree. But my rationale was simple, I need to have a minimum of two viable running shoe options at any given time. I rotate my shoes from day to day to help the rubber soles recover from the beating they take. This helps me squeeze every mile possible out of my shoes. I am already at a disadvantage since I am a heavier runner (my own doing, I know) and I supinate severely. If I get 250 miles out of a pair of shoes, I think that I have gotten my money’s worth. And thanks to my new shoe knowledge as well as my Nike+ watch, I can keep a fairly accurate odometer on each pair of my shoes.
I do not have many miles on these shoes yet, nine to be exact, but they are comfortable. I wanted a different pair of shoes to rotate with my Saucony Triumph 10’s so I could subtlety work different muscles in my legs and vary my run, slightly. The Brooks Glycerin 11 has a 12 millimeter heel-to-toe drop versus the 8 milometer drop on the Saucony Triumph 10. I am not going to get into the shoes hurt your feet or you should run in a barefoot shoe or minimalist is the only way to go debate on here. I am just sharing my thought process. Maybe after my marathon in January I will explore some of these other areas, but for now, I am going to not be too radical. But I will say that the 8 milometer drop on the Saucony’s was one of the reasons I went with the Saucony in July over the Brooks. I also had also tried out a pair of the Triumph 10’s in a running event here in Memphis in April, and most of the reports seem to indicate that the Saucony is a little more durable than the Brooks. We shall see. They are slightly more expensive than the Saucony’s were, but the $20 difference did not factor into my thought process in the least.
If my opinions change on the Brooks Glycerin 11 after logging some miles, I will post them here. But for now, I must say that the shoe is light and comfortable. They seem to fit true to my size a little bit better than my Saucony Triumph’s do. Again, that will be tested once I log some significant miles in them. But for now, I am satisfied with the purchase.