I decided to try the Ghost 3 shoes by Brooks and I instantly fell in love. I ran my half marathon in them last spring and I have collected many pairs since them. The Ghost 3s have been with me through everything and beyond.
When Brooks released the Ghost 4s I was not happy. First they were heavier than the Ghost 3s.
Ghost 3 = 9.2 oz
Ghost 4 = 9.3 oz
Ok so its only 0.1 ounces but still it is the principle of the thing. The heel to toe offset was the same (12mm) but I just was not happy so I started buying up all the regular width Ghost 3 size 10 shoes I could find. A few weeks ago I was looking at my shoe mileage and realized that my last two pair of Ghost 3 shoes were quickly approaching the 500 mile mark! Ekkkkk!
My running buddy (who also runs in the Ghost 3) had already made the switch to another pair of Brooks shoes and so after a little research I decided that I would make the switch into a pair of Brooks PureProject shoes. Then something caught my eye on the Brooks website.
The GHOST 5 shoes!!! And although they were a little weird looking (in my opinion compared to the 3s) I decided that this new model actually might be worth trying. Once again the heel to toe drop is the same as the 3s and 4s, but these babies are lighter!
Ghost 5 = 8.8 oz
This was too good to be true. Just three weeks from the marathon and I was going to get a wonderful new pair of lighter shoes! When I tried them on at the store they felt so right and after a quick spin around the parking lot I knew that these shoes would be the ones I would wear while running my first 26.2!
Another great part of these new Ghost 5s is that the toe box is a little bit bigger than the previous Ghost 3s. My feet feel less smooshed but I still get the same light weight feel. You can kind of tell the difference between the 3s and 5s in the picture below.
I ran in my new Brooks this morning and the run went great. The shoes are so comfortable that I hardly feel a difference from my older Ghosts. They of course feel like they have a bit more padding in the shoe, since they are newer and have no miles on them compared to my other Ghosts.
I really hope that the Ghost 5s live up to my expectations from the Ghost 3s. Those Ghost 3s are going to be really hard to replace plus they have been with me through so many training runs and races.
I did end up buying the Brooks Pure Flow shoes as well, but since they are a 4mm heel to toe drop, I am going to have to slowly work them into my running and most likely this wont happen until after the marathon.
Thanks Brooks for realizing that the Ghost 4s weren't that great and making the Ghost 5s. Let's hope these live up to the Ghost 3s because I have put them through a lot and they have really lasted. And next time, Don't change a shoe when its already perfect. Thanks.