If you have read this blog for any period of time, you know I am a Brooks girl. I have been a Brooks fan since I first started running in 2009, and became an even bigger Brooks die-hard once they started sponsoring me a year ago. :) I have always run in Brooks shoes. A few times in the past I tried other brands, and nothing has ever felt as good to me as my Brooks.
Just over a month ago, I got my first pair of the new Brooks PureProject PureFlow 2's. I have run over 350 miles in the new PureFlow 2's since then and feel very ready to give a review.
can read this post here, which also has a lot of details of my "running shoe history").
Since I LOVED the first PureFlow's, I was a little nervous about the shoe being changed, but I am super happy with the PureFlow 2's. Everything I loved about the first PureFlow's is still true - the shoe is light, flexible, fast, responsive and comfortable. There is still a 4mm heel to toe drop, and this is still a light weight running shoe that provides cushioning and protection. For me it has been the perfect combo. I ran over 3,600 miles last year injury free, and every single mile of those was run in PureFlow's. They are light/fast enough for speedwork and have enough cushioning to get me through 22 mile training runs and racing marathons.
The toe box feels roomier to me in the 2's (which I love), and for me, the entire shoe was bigger and I had to go down half of a size. I was on the "bubble" for which size shoe to wear (according to several different running store experts when I was fitted for shoes) and had always gone with the bigger size just to be on the safe side, but with these I definitely needed the smaller. Once I went down a half size the fit was perfect, and I have been running VERY happy in my PureFlow 2's ever since. I plan to set some big PR's in these babies this year. :)
Now the BIGGEST question is, which color should I wear for the Tallahassee Marathon on February 3??? The very neon pink shoes were released first, so I have a couple of pairs of those. The black and neon yellow were just released, and I have a new pair of those as well. I am NOT a pink girl - I don't buy pink anything and these shoes are the only pink running gear I own. However, they have really grown on me and just feel and look fast to me. The black and neon yellow are super cool too (and way more my typical style). I need to pick a pair to get broken in just right for race day.
What do you think? Pink or black???
If you want to read more about the awesome Brooks PureProject line (and see all the beautiful shoes!) including the PureFlow, PureCadence, PureConnect, PureGrit, and the new PureDrift, check it out here.
Thanks for all the great questions you have left in the comments the last few days. I will get to answering them asap. :)