The 5 miles this morning were pretty easy and I felt good out there running. Sadly my Ghost 5s are now squishy and filled with water from the down pour. They are going to have to dry out for a couple of days. Thankfully I have another pair of shoes that I tried out on Sunday.
Brooks Pure Flows!
On the recommendation from my running buddy, I picked these new shoes up and decided to give them a try. Since the Ghost 3s are not longer available I wanted to have an extra pair of shoes just in case the Ghost 5s weren't my favorite. And the 5s are different from the 3s - they aren't bad but I do miss the Brooks Ghost 3s.
The Flows have a 4mm drop compared to the 12mm drop in the Ghosts. I was pretty excited to try a more minimalist shoe and my Sunday morning run was a perfect time to try them out. I had 2.5 miles on the schedule and I enjoyed every minute of it with my new shoes.
I can't really tell the difference in the drop just by looking at the shoe but my feet could tell. It is hard to describe but with less drop on the shoe, I felt like I was running better. I am not sure how my form looked or if I was striking my heel less but it did feel good. As my running buddy says, "These shoes feel good but funny!". I know that these shoes will take a little bit of adjustment and I plan on slowly working up my mileage in them so my legs and feet can get used to the lesser drop.
Today - a day after the run - my calves aren't that sore (I was warned that I might have sore calves). In fact, I don't really feel any difference from running in the Flows yesterday. It seems like the transition into the Flows will be easier than I thought!