Brooks sneakers

In Which Brooks Ravenna Sneakers… Are Launches Now?!

I wrote a blog post about Brooks sneakers a week or two ago. I was going to post it today, and it was going to go like this: There are many reasons the Brooks Ravenna is my GOAT shoe, but none of them would be any help to me if they weren’t so darned consistent. My first Ravennas were model #4, and I have used every version since up to the current #11. Every version has been a winner. But that doesn’t mean that there haven’t been any changes from iteration to iteration. In fact, I noticed a pretty...

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Running shoes

In Which Jenn Plays Fast & Loose With Running Shoe Sizes

I’ve been a loyal user of the Brooks Ravenna running shoe model for around eight years now, but I like to sprinkle in other models into my routine just to give it a try. For a brief period I was running in Nike Air Zoom Vomero 10s, which I liked a lot, but when Nike released the 11s I fell out of love. Still, the Vomeros have hovered in the back of my mind – those 10s just fit so beautifully. Sometimes I wonder – what about the newer versions? Would they feel good again? They’re on the 14s now,...

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Picky about shoes

In Which Jenn Tries New Running Shoes

I read an article a couple months ago about how it’s best to have several different pairs of running shoes. As the thinking went, each inpidual shoe affects your foot strike, gait, muscle use, etc. in subtly different ways. Therefore, if you’re on a shoe cycle, you’re less likely to suffer injuries from overuse. I don’t know how much hard scientific data there is to back that theory, but I know I don’t want any more overuse injuries, so I’m trying it! The difference this time: I’m not going to store to be fitted. See, I read another article in Runner’s World stating that some...

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In Which Jenn Gets An Awesome Deal On Running Shoes

Hi, my name is Jenn, and I just got myself a brand new pair of Brooks Ravenna 6 running shoes, normally $110, for $56. I KNOW! I was psyched too! Pretty! But not the all time prettiest. How did I accomplish such an amazing feat? Well, Brooks recently came out with their Ravenna 7, so they’re unloading all their old 6 inventory. I definitely want to try the 7s eventually, but the 6s work fine and older shoe models go for much cheaper. For example, Brooks was selling its Ravenna 6s for $70. A good deal to be sure....

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In Which Jenn Has One Major Running Shoe Rule

When purchasing running shoes, always select the loudest, most obnoxious colors available. (In all seriousness, though, here are my two running sneakers: Brooks Ravenna 6 and Nike Zoom Vomero 10. The former offers a lot more support and the latter is lighter and speedier. I intend to take the Ravennas with me to the Marine Corps Marathon but keep the Nikes in rotation for shorter runs and races. Also, LOOK AT THE COLORS!!!) Do you use more than one model/brand of running shoe? Do you care about color? (Yes.) Don’t forget, you can follow FRoA on Twitter @fairestrunofall and on Instagram @fairestrunofall. If...

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The Fairest Week In Review: 7/29

JENN: Did you run last week? MOON: I did! A bit rather slow and steady, but it happened. Did you? JENN: I did! MOON: Great success! JENN: I did one regular long run plus two shorter speed runs where I upped my top speed. My five minute sprints are now one minute each at 8, 7.5, 7, 6.5, 6mph, then five minutes at 5.5 mph, repeat. Even though that’s only a top speed increase of .5 mph, my legs were TIRED by the end. MOON: That’s awesome!  Personally, when I can get to 8 mph– even just for a little bit– I feel like I’m at...

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Running shoes

In Which Jenn Says Goodbye To Her Running Shoes

Farewell and adieu to my fair Brooks Ravennas Farewell and adieu to my Ravenna 5s For the 6 has replaced you and they’re purging your inventory And never n’more shall we see you again </end weird Jaws reference that doesn’t even rhyme> I have been hit by another runner rite of passage: my preferred sneaker is being phased out. I’ve been using Brooks Ravennas since October of 2013, and five pairs later they’re still my go-to shoe. Since I started using them the instances of knee pain I’ve suffered have reduced to a minimum frequency. Correlation, causation, blah blah blah...

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Brooks Ravenna 6

The Fairest Week In Review: 2/03

JENN: Did you run at all last week? MOON: Yes, I did run! Christian and I ran a lot together, actually. It was quite nice. How was your week? JENN: Yay! It was pretty good. I got a couple of long runs in and while they weren’t what I’d call up to speed they were actually fairly pleasant. So there’s that! How are your new sneakers working out? MOON: The sneakers are great! I wasn’t too sure at first because they had a different feel than my asics, but I have absolutely no pain after running. And Christian has no bloody toes...

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Running wild

Jenn’s Long Run Part I: Preparation

Tonight’s training run: 20 miles. TWENTY. MILES. Okay. I have the option of doing eighteen if it’s just not clicking for me. But I really want that twenty. If I can do it in four hours, I’ll be happy. Then I’ll have my longest run under my belt and I can being tapering for the Marine Corps Marathon. I’ll admit: I’m a little nervous. I’ve done twenty miles twice in the past but that was about a year ago and for some reason rather than improve I have actually gotten SLOWER over the past months. Sigh. But where there’s...

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Brooks Ravennas

The Fairest Week In Review: 3/18

JENN: Let me start by saying I HAVE NEW SNEAKERS. MOON: Yay! Did you pick a new style? JENN: Nope, stuck with the Brooks Ravennas. MOON: Did you try anything new? JENN: I haven’t experienced any knee or hip pain with them – at least not, as far as I can tell, because of them – so I’m keeping ’em for now. I will detail the wonder of their speedy and fiscally responsible arrival later this week, but let me just say now that they are PURPLE with NEON YELLOW LACES. Magnificent. Why be staid we you can be...

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