I am such a huge fan of Brooks Running shoes, some people might think I work for them or I’m an official ambassador for them. I’m actually just a hardcore fan. I got my first pair of Brooks Defyance running shoes back in 2007 after my Team in Training coach told me I should really ditch my uncomfortable Adidas running shoes. I went into Team in Training with no experience in running and definitely no insight into the right shoes for me.
I remember walking into Foot Traffic downtown and having to do a gait analysis. I felt like Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The employee put me in Nike, Saucony, Asics, Adidas, and last but not least, Brooks. The moment I put them on, I knew they would be a perfect fit. I dumped my Outlet-purchased Adidas I bought just for the brand, and dived right in with the Brooks Defyance. I felt I finished strong running in them in my first half marathon – the Rock n Roll Arizona Half Marathon!
Ever since I wore those Defyance, I bought each new model that came out. I would typically buy three Brooks Defyance running shoes each year, and it didn’t matter if they were even the same color each time. It worked for me. Here’s a small sample of the Brooks Defyance I’ve owned in the past five years:
Throughout the years, I would openly promote Brooks running shoes to my friends, family members, half marathon newbs, co-workers, and definitely all over Twitter and Facebook. I’ve converted some people – including my twin, Christy!
I have recently stepped out of my comfort zone, though. Don’t worry, I would never leave Brooks. I just switched over to Brooks Ravenna 3! So far, I love it. I’m only running my short weekday miles in them but they make me feel like I’m floating when I run! I decided to give them a try after wearing a defective Brooks Defyance pair that I purchased last December. I’ll try running more than 5 miles in them and see how I really feel then!
About Brooks Ravenna 3 (from their website):