Have I got a fun speedwork trick for you!
I enjoy the act of doing speedwork and have gotten into the habit of doing it once a week. But I havenâ€™t been doing it the â€˜traditionalâ€™ ways (and by that, I mean around a track or using a stopwatch). Iâ€™ve been doing it to music.
Hereâ€™s what I do: after a five minute warmup, I switch to a upbeat station on my Pandora app. And then, every time the songâ€™s chorus comes on, I sprint. Choruses tend to only last 15 â€“ 20 seconds or so; the sprints are short but fairly frequent. I finish things off with a five minute cooldown. Todayâ€™s sprint to the chorus workout was about 2.5 miles long. Done and DONE!
And I was wearing NEW SHOES, which felt oh-so-great.
I am part of the Brooks Run Happy blogger ambassador team for 2013. Iâ€™m really humbled and grateful for this opportunity because (as you guys know) Iâ€™m just a â€˜normalâ€™ runner, trying to get out there on a fairly regular basis and pound the pavement. Running is both my hobby and my sanity-saver. Itâ€™s cool that Brooks wants to work with both running superstars (Iâ€™m looking at you, Frayed Laces) and â€“ um â€“ hobby runners like me.
Thereâ€™s lot of fun things coming up as part of the Run Happy program, including a reader workout clothes makeover (ooo!). But up first: a review of a pair of Brooks shoes. And you guys know that this couldnâ€™t have come at a better time for me because my old shoes were shot (Do You Need New Running Shoes?).
These are the new Ghost 5s. I selected these as my shoes to try because 1) they were the most affordable neutral shoe option presented to me (although, at $110, they are certainly a pretty penny â€“ but the older Ghost 3s are only $75 on Amazon) and 2) the Ghosts received Runnerâ€™s World â€˜Editorâ€™s Pickâ€™ award. If Runnerâ€™s World thinks they are awesome, you know they are something special!
My feet felt supported and cushioned in the lightweight Ghosts, and I liked how I didnâ€™t feel like I was surrounded by marshmallows. They were firm yet soft â€“ if that makes sense! Brooks says the shoes are â€œso supremely smooth and impeccably balanced, itâ€™s scaryâ€ and Runnerâ€™s World remarks that the Ghosts are â€œa versatile shoe that can handle whatever workouts you throw at it.â€
The shoe is designed for neutral-footed runners (like me) and feels spacious. I used to wear Wides in the Brooks Summons, but the regular Ghosts felt just fine. The tread on these babies were great, too, although â€“ I admit â€“ anything wouldâ€™ve felt grippy after running in my way-way-way-too-old shoes for months on end. The traction was very much appreciated as I did all that speedwork.
Also â€“ how cute are those colors? I know neon shoes are a â€˜thingâ€™ this season, but I like regular old white + a color â€“ the purple with the aqua detailing is pretty!
All in all â€“ Iâ€™m a Ghost convert. You can bet Iâ€™ll be buying another pair when these wear out.
Do you love Brooks? Or are you a fan of another type of running shoe?