Before my half marathon in San Francisco, I attended a press preview of the latest Brooks Running shoes. As part of that event, I was gifted any pair of Brooks shoes of my choice. While I had gotten a gait analysis twice in the past, I went ahead and got another at the event. The shoes that I was wearing to train for the half would be retired after race day, so it was perfect timing to get a new pair from a new-to-me brand. The event happened the day I registered for my first marathon.
The gait analysis done by the Brooks team revealed the Adrenaline GTS 14 as the best shoe for me. The GTS stands for Go-To Shoe. I was told that this style is one of the best sellers on the entire running market, and I can now see why.
I’m not one for a barely-there shoe. I need support. The GTS, launched in October 2013, is a support shoe that helps correct moderate pronation. It’s best for medium to high arches and is great for all body builds. For those of you who really know your running shoes, the midsole drop is 12mm. It’s not waterproof or water-resistant. More recently, Brooks updated the GTS shoe’s crash pad, adapted cushioning, lace pressure, and color options.
But what do I think? I’ve put 100+ miles on my Caribbean Blue and Nightlife Green shoes over the last month. This includes many shorter 4-6 mile runs and four 13-16 mile runs. Because my feet need support, the shoes I’ve worn in the past would be considered heavy by some people. It didn’t bother me at the time, but I’ve realized just how heavy they were since training in these shoes. The GTS offers support but is still incredibly light (9.4 oz). The shoe hugs my arches and helps correct my pronation, while also leaving my toes free to wiggle around the toe box. No ingrown, black, or missing toenails on this girl. I can now see why Brooks named this style the Go-To Shoe. It’s been the perfect fit to train for my first marathon. I’ll likely be purchasing a second pair after running Disney, as long as this pair holds up in winter conditions. Find your best fit using the Brooks Shoe Advisor.
All images by Bekka Palmer
NOTE: Brooks invited me to their preview event and gifted me this pair of shoes, but I was in no way compensated to review them on my blog. These are honest opinions.