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Brooks Run Signature

by Meghann on August 18, 2016

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.

Run Signature

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.

mobile run signature

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.

brooks run signature

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.

brooks run signature

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.

brooks transcend 3

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.

brooks transcend 3

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.

mother runner

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?

brooks pacesetter sock

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!

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1 Meghann Richardson August 18, 2016 at 8:41 am

I love these emoji socks! I have so many ideas for my own sock designs — brightly colored florals, hot pink and highlighter yellow striped (my two favorite running colors) and socks with my monogram (I’m a sucker for personalized items).

2 Brandy H. August 18, 2016 at 8:42 am

I really need to get a good running shoe! I am not a runner but a friend talked me into signing up for 5k in Oct and a 10k in Nov! So a good running shoe is a must! And those socks are awesome!!!

3 Shawna August 18, 2016 at 8:49 am

I am the absolute worst at picking out a good pair of sneakers so this giveaway is awesome!
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4 Shawna August 18, 2016 at 8:51 am

Also, for a sock design I would have to go with lobsters because I’m obsessed with anything lobster!
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5 Liz August 18, 2016 at 8:52 am

I would definitely love a hill-themed sock to help me prepare for all the hilly marathons I have ahead!

6 Lindsay Edwards August 18, 2016 at 9:01 am

I’d put motivational words all over them!
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7 kelly August 18, 2016 at 9:08 am

I would put the runner emoji on them!

8 Lauren Schwartz August 18, 2016 at 9:22 am

Maybe sprinkle themed! Okay now I see other people responding with fitness things…oops.

9 Wendy August 18, 2016 at 9:33 am

i’d add a few of the reasons I run: heart(for the health), flowers(for scenery) cupcakes and wine (obivous reasons), a medal, and runner emoji

10 lori August 18, 2016 at 9:35 am

awesome socks!!! Love them Meghan…

11 Jenna August 18, 2016 at 9:41 am

I would add bright, fun colors. Swirl designs. Maybe even glow in the dark. To make
Getting up early more fun.

12 Lauren August 18, 2016 at 9:50 am

Ice cream cones……maybe they’ll make my feet feel cooler? or at least give me inspiration to run faster to go eat a scoop or two.

13 Jessie N August 18, 2016 at 10:06 am

Donuts! They are what I dream of while running lol

14 Maria D August 18, 2016 at 10:09 am

They are super cute — maybe add more color? But still super cute!

15 Nikki August 18, 2016 at 10:20 am

I love bright colored shoes! And the socks are cute too!

16 Eve August 18, 2016 at 10:26 am


17 melissa August 18, 2016 at 10:40 am

Pink on pink! Can’t get enough 🙂

18 Charlotte Brown August 18, 2016 at 10:44 am

I would want pigs for sure!

19 Angel August 18, 2016 at 11:14 am

Those socks are adorable and I would absolutely love a pair! I also love Brooks colors for shoes too.

20 Laura August 18, 2016 at 11:35 am

I’d put a picture of my dog on them!
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21 Jennifer Genetti August 18, 2016 at 11:38 am

Something with food on them, because food is my motivation for running. 🙂

22 Meredith August 18, 2016 at 11:39 am

Dinosaur socks!

23 Kylee August 18, 2016 at 12:01 pm

Love yours!! I think I would put some ice cream cones, pizza, and beer on some 🙂 Nothing like some motivation to keep running!

24 Haley August 18, 2016 at 12:09 pm

Maybe just some inspirational words to keep me motivated!

25 Monica August 18, 2016 at 12:11 pm

Sunshine! Especially for those winter months…

26 Hillary August 18, 2016 at 12:18 pm


27 Lily B August 18, 2016 at 12:26 pm

I’m really into patriotic socks, so it would probably be something along those lines. I am looking for the perfect pair for my marathon on September 11th!
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28 Paige August 18, 2016 at 12:26 pm

As the loving dog mom of three wild and crazy Labrador Retrievers, I’d design my socks after my dogs…chocolate, yellow, and black Labradors everywhere! 🙂

29 Jen August 18, 2016 at 1:03 pm

The kraken sea monster!

30 Laura August 18, 2016 at 1:11 pm

Those socks are so cute! If I designed my own socks– I would put my favorite things — tacos and wine!

31 maegan August 18, 2016 at 1:13 pm

I would love to see Disney themed character socks!

32 Ali August 18, 2016 at 1:33 pm

Cute socks! I never met an emoji I didn’t like 🙂

33 Tory D August 18, 2016 at 1:52 pm

Those socks look like heaven!
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34 Lynn August 18, 2016 at 2:57 pm

Corgis. All corgis.

35 Laura August 18, 2016 at 3:21 pm

Hmm….either ice cream cones or motivational words

36 Kristin August 18, 2016 at 3:25 pm

Something inspirational, encouraging words, flashy colors and fun designs

37 Katie August 18, 2016 at 3:48 pm

Was your signature the same on the computer as it was when you went into the pop up store?

38 Samantha August 18, 2016 at 4:06 pm

those socks are too fun!!

39 Jill S August 18, 2016 at 4:16 pm

Since I have Ice Cream on the brain right now – I would make a pair of socks with Ice Cream cones all over them. These socks are sure cute too!

40 Cheryl August 18, 2016 at 4:24 pm

Love the emoji’s – any type of fun characters or designs make me happy when I run, especially holiday themed for races!

41 Stacy G August 18, 2016 at 4:35 pm

Definitely dessert-themed socks!

42 Haley B August 18, 2016 at 5:05 pm

Such cute socks! What a bummer that your second try with the shoes didn’t work out!

43 Jacqui August 18, 2016 at 5:08 pm

The brighter the socks the better!!

44 Jen August 18, 2016 at 5:26 pm

Pizza and hearts would be on mine

45 Elizabeth August 18, 2016 at 5:27 pm

Sunshine on the socks!

46 Megan August 18, 2016 at 5:49 pm

Those socks are so cute!
If I could design my own I’d probably choose dachshunds!

47 Katie B August 18, 2016 at 7:17 pm

A sock with fruits and veggies all over it would be perfect for me. Or ice cream 🙂

48 Kelly August 18, 2016 at 7:24 pm

Those are awesome socks! I would probably design ones with cats 🙂

49 Sarah August 18, 2016 at 7:26 pm

Sunflowers! They are just so cheerful 🙂

50 Katie August 18, 2016 at 7:37 pm

I’d design a sock that says “one step at a time”
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51 Joanna August 18, 2016 at 8:02 pm

Something bright with polka dots!

52 Nikki D August 18, 2016 at 8:08 pm

I would have cow themed socks! just fun!

53 Amie August 18, 2016 at 8:12 pm


54 Rebekah August 18, 2016 at 8:30 pm


55 Erica August 18, 2016 at 8:32 pm

SO cute! I’m a brooks addict. I recently tried to switch to another brand…and then came right back to brooks! Since I’m an engineer who loves running, maybe formulas showing the conversion of km running distances to miles? 😉

56 Laura August 18, 2016 at 9:44 pm

I would like socks with 13.1 on them!!

57 Haley August 18, 2016 at 9:54 pm

Anything & everything “USA”-themed! I’m so into the Olympics in Rio and was born on July 4th, so I just wouldn’t be able to contain myself! Lol

58 delia August 18, 2016 at 11:05 pm

plaid ankle socks

59 Molly August 19, 2016 at 1:01 am

The dancing lady emoji!

60 Wendy August 19, 2016 at 4:51 am

I would probably do something with the Michigan state S or stripes

61 Tracey C August 19, 2016 at 6:09 am

I would have pics of my favorite post-race things, like burgers and beers. Also maybe some unicorns and hearts because everything is better with unicorns, hearts, burgers and beer!

62 Heather August 19, 2016 at 6:27 am

I would put all the dog emojis!

63 Stephanie G August 19, 2016 at 6:35 am

What adorable socks!!! ??them!! My socks would be covered with inspirational Christian quotes written in pretty writing.

64 Christine August 19, 2016 at 6:40 am

Bananas! But I do like the ice cream cone comments from others!

65 Nikki August 19, 2016 at 7:12 am

Siamese kitties

66 Jen Ressler August 19, 2016 at 8:45 am

rainbows or unicorns

67 Caitlin August 19, 2016 at 8:52 am

My socks would say “Will run for beer” and have little pints on them… my motivation, lol.

68 Justine W August 19, 2016 at 9:07 am

Covered in chocolate bars!

69 Janay August 19, 2016 at 9:37 am

I’m a huge Brooks fan and I’ve been running in the Adrenalines but I feel like it’s super bulky. Especially when I put my custom insoles in. I’m still trying to find the right shoe for me. I am loving those socks though… 🙂

70 Megan b August 19, 2016 at 10:08 am

Those docks are adorable. Ands brooks glycerin are my jam! Love them

71 Christine August 19, 2016 at 11:01 am

small, brightly colored weenie dogs 🙂

72 Karen August 19, 2016 at 11:28 am

Polka dots!!

73 Sarah L August 19, 2016 at 12:49 pm

I think socks with pictures of moms running with strollers would be perfect for me and my running friends.

74 Rebecca C August 19, 2016 at 1:22 pm

Something super duper flashy for me. Or I’d say donuts but I know there are donut socks already out there :).

I’ve honestly been surprised in the past that you were running in neutral shoes. Just because of how you leg/hip shape is, I would have guessed you to be an overpronator. But of course I’ve never seen you run or even walk in person :). And if you’ve had zero injuries in the past you were doing lots of things right!

75 Abby August 19, 2016 at 2:16 pm


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77 Jenna August 19, 2016 at 7:27 pm

I’d love some bright glow-in-the-dark ones with “26.2” to motivate me during early morning marathon training runs!

78 Jess M August 19, 2016 at 7:37 pm

I would put little running shoes and dog emojis on m socks!

79 Brittany B August 19, 2016 at 8:14 pm

Those socks are great!

80 Kerri August 20, 2016 at 1:51 am

Glow in the dark socks would be awesome!

81 Krissy August 20, 2016 at 7:02 am

Pink with heart eyes emoji ?

82 Krissy August 20, 2016 at 7:02 am

Pink with heart eyes emoji ?

83 Amanda August 20, 2016 at 9:13 am


84 Sam August 20, 2016 at 12:34 pm

The more obnoxious the outfit, the better I run as well! I hate dull socks and shoes and it’s really hard with shoes for me because I need narrow shoes, and they normally pick the most boring colors (or one I hate) to make narrow. It’s usually only 1 of the color options. As for socks, I’d want custom compression socks with my menagerie on them.

85 Samantha August 20, 2016 at 6:39 pm

Since I’m such a big fan of all things nerdy and geek related, I would design my running socks to feature super heroes. If I wear Flash on my socks, will I be able to run that fast?

86 Elisabeth August 20, 2016 at 8:48 pm

I think I’d want to design a space/NASA/universe theme, on maybe a black sock 😀

87 Jenn August 20, 2016 at 9:47 pm

Brook’s are the only running shoe that keep me from getting injured !! Those socks are awesome ??

88 Jenn August 20, 2016 at 9:48 pm

And that was supposed to be 2 smilie face emojis, not question marks!!

89 Jennifer O August 20, 2016 at 10:38 pm

I would create a back to school sock. It would have an apple, books, pencils, note books pictures on them and very colorful so they would be fun to wear! Can’t tell I am an educator andknee deep in getting ready for a new year.

90 Elizabeth H August 21, 2016 at 7:57 am

I’d probably design socks with the dog and cat emojis on them! Or possibly pictures of breakfast foods since half the time I’m thinking about what I’ll eat when I’m done running 🙂

91 Laura T. August 21, 2016 at 9:49 am

I would definitely put cats on the socks haha!

92 genna August 21, 2016 at 11:57 am

if i can create my own sock design i think it would be either all my faces or pandas!

93 Jim August 21, 2016 at 1:44 pm

Cool beans. Do they have a men’s version?

94 Linda @ the Fitty August 21, 2016 at 2:01 pm

This would be a dream! I don’t own anything from Brooks!
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95 Elizabeth August 21, 2016 at 2:20 pm

I would make floral socks 🙂

96 Tabitha Young August 21, 2016 at 2:38 pm

The swim, bike, and run emojis!

97 Emily August 21, 2016 at 10:48 pm

Lots of cute puppy dogs ! <3

98 Lily Wolfe August 21, 2016 at 11:25 pm

Id put turtle emojis!

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