Personally, since becoming a runner, I have also loosened my standards on shoe style. I am very comfortable in my shoe-skin and wear varying colors with confidence. However, I have always been a sucker for blue, and for those of you familiar with the Brooks Adrenaline line, the blue shoe has been a standard offering for most of the past 10 years. Some years they are light blue, some years dark, but blue is what Brooks does best. Perfect, my favorite shoe is always available in my favorite color! Until recently :(
|My Standard 'BLUE'|
As the miles have ticked off in my latest training plan, the training shoes have worn down. A few weeks ago it was time to invest in a new pair. I went off to purchase that new pair of blue Adrenalines; business as usual. Except it was not "as usual." They were out of the blue model! Rather, they had the all black and the flashy yellow & black. What to do?
Well, all black was definitely out. I felt three minutes per mile slower just picking them up. Besides, they run contrary to the entire premise of this post. An all black running shoe .... boring! So I looked the yellow pair up and down, thought back to my feelings on running shoes in general, and decided to just go crazy and give this yellow-jacket option a try.
A few runs in, and I'm thinking yellow means fast. I love them. I know I have spent a lot of time in the sun this summer, so maybe I'm a bit baked on this theory, but I get a whole different vibe on days that I use this pair. Could it be like Michael? Is it really the shoes? Probably not, more like the hard work and effort, but it's fun to consider the impact of shoe color and performance. Hmmmmmm
|A color for every taste!|