A few months ago Brooks revealed their new “Run Signature.” You can read my initial review here.
The basic principle is Brooks Run Signature assesses the way your body naturally runs and offers the right shoe to fit your run, your way.
For a full understanding of how the process works, I would recommend taking the Run Signature Shoe Finder survey HERE. The online survey consists of a few simple exercises, as well as a handful of questions that focus on what you want out of your running experience. It’s very informative and worth checking out.
Recently Brooks took their Run Signature test on the road and I had the opportunity to walk through the process when I was in Eugene last month.
Just like the online survey, you start out with a brief questionnaire that breaks down what you want out of your running experience. From there it gets very scientific. I was wired up and hopped on the treadmill barefoot.
We walked through the same exercises from the online survey, only this time my movements were tracked via video and various sensors. I squatted, jogged, and the equipment evaluated my every move.
After my tests were complete, I was handed the iPad and given a full analysis of my “Run Signature.” To my surprise, the tests recommended I try a shoe with a little more stability. I’ve been running in neutral shoes for years without any issues (*knock on wood. *knock on wood.) so this came as a huge shock to me. I spoke briefly with the Brooks team and they informed me that you gait can change a tad during pregnancy and that might have something to do with the results.
So I took my Run Signature results and ordered the Brooks Transcend 3 last month. I’d run in the first Transcend a couple of years ago and was honestly not the biggest fan, but the Brooks team assured me they’d made significant improvements since the first release and it was definitely worth checking out.
First of all, the Transcends are gorgeous. I immediately fell in love with the bright teal color. The 3s are a little more flexible than the 1s and don’t have quite the same height in the sole as before – all of which really appealed to me. I’m a cushion runner and a big fan of the super DNA midsole, which provides more cushion with less bulk. Overall the shoe is very comfortable to wear and fits my foot like a glove.
As much as I wanted to love this shoe, I’m afraid the flexibility still isn’t there for me. After a few runs, I’m going to have to stick with my original review of the Transcend – it’s more of a walking shoe than a running shoe. Don’t get me wrong – it’s still a great shoe and will be my new go-to for long walks or times when I’ll need to be on my feet all day (like working an event of going to Walt Disney World), but I’m not sure it’s the right running shoe for me at this time.
Run Happy Socks
The Run Happy Blog Ambassadors recently worked with the Brooks design team to come up with our own emoji-themed Pacesetter socks. I don’t know about you, but the brighter my shoes are and the louder my socks are, the faster I run. (at least that’s what I tell myself). I mean, how cute are these?
These were a custom order, therefore not available online or in stores.. However, I just happen to have 3 extra pairs to give away to 3 lucky readers! Enter the Rafflecopter below to claim yours now!