The Brooks Ghost 7 were the shoes that a local running store picked for me, after measuring my feet and observing my gait on the store’s treadmill. They did not feel too comfortable as I tried them out in the store. I bought them anyway because a) the other shoes that I tried on were even more uncomfortable, and b) the sales clerk explained that if I am used to a different type of cushioning, it may take some getting used to. An hour later and $120 shorter, I walked out with my new Brooks Ghost 7. I’ve heard so many wonderful things from runners about Brooks. Filled with anticipation, I couldn’t wait to see how ghost-like I would feel testing these babies out on the track for the first time!
The next day I completed my long-distance track workout which included running a steady paced 5K. My feet felt heavy and awkward as I planted them on the turf with each stride. By mile 2, I experienced shin splints. I slowed my pace and pushed through the last mile. When I was finally through, I stretched my legs, then dragged my feet off the track into my car.
I gave the shoes another shot the following week, on a paved path through an old park, close to my neighborhood. I don’t usually run on pavement to avoid high impact on my knees. Instead, I usually rollerblade through the park and enjoy the water, ducks, squirrels, trees and other greenery. Due to the heaviness of the shoe, I felt that they may serve better as road running shoes. To my dismay, I called it quits after 1 mile on the path. This time, however, shin splints weren’t the issue – it was now my knee.
Having exceeded the return policy’s time for exchange, I currently pair my Brooks with my purple and grey weight lifting outfits for the gym, as I will not be taking the highly recommended running shoes out for a run ever again.
Which are your favorite running shoes and why?