"If you’ve raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in thickets by the Jordan?" (Jeremiah 12:5). Our journey is intended to be more than simply "stumbling" through the days while the world "wears us out.” We are made to experience the thrill of "running with horses” and to navigate life amongst the "thickets." The RWH blog focuses on both the spiritual race of which Jeremiah speaks, and the physical act of running that I absolutely love. In short, it's where "the miles meet the Message" to provide insight, perspective & encouragement that might enable you & I to successfully run either of the races set before us. May our course be purposeful and may we be passionate in our pursuit of the abundant life He desires for us.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

The World's Greatest Running Shoe .......

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 9
....... can no longer be found! After years of trying the best that Asics, Nike, and New Balance had to offer, I finally found my "sole mate" in early 2009; the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 9.  My lower extremities have never felt so good.  I absolutely loved them, (and the navy blue style was icing on the cake!). Over the past two years I've gone through 4 pairs and over 2,000 miles. 

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 11
 But I knew I was coming to the end of this relationship late last fall.  Approaching the home stretch for the January marathon, I had ordered my last pair from a private dealer on e-bay.  It was a rare find and it would be near impossible to find another pair.  Having skipped the GTS 10 model, I went straight for the 11's.  Surely it would be nearly identical, right? It wasn't. There had been several changes made to the cushioning and overall support.  Enough change that it did make a difference. Slight issues to the feel at impact and the fit in the toe box made this model a less than desirable selection.

Now, 500+ forced miles later, it's time for a shoe overhaul. After spending considerable time with a well trained sales rep at the local Fleet Feet, I narrowed it down to the Nike Zoom Structure 14 Breathe and the Mizuno Wave.  Both made for stability, with little arch and capable of supporting a big boy runner.  I went with the Nike due to the fit and the summer mesh feature that should assist the long runs during this heat.  We'll see.  I'm about 45 miles into them and so far, so good. The biggest issue is a non-issue. To me they look more like a pair of nurses shoes, (no offense to nurses shoes), or those bright white Tennis sneakers at Wimbledon.  I'll survive. I may never find another Adrenaline 9, but I'll keep searching. 

Nike Zoom Structure 14 Breathe

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