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weatherproof walking shoe
Looking for a good walking shoe
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ccalfee Valued Contributor replied
Do you use the fit process at www.brooksrunning.com?  What type of shoe did it recommend?  I work p... more
weatherproof walking shoe
Looking for a good walking shoe
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Hello from NEPA
Hello all, Just wanted to drop in and say hi and give a little background on me. 39 y/o male. Been running in some shape or form since Jr High. I ran cross country and track in school. After HS, I joined the Air Force and am still in 21 years later. During my time in the Air Force, my running has mostly consisted of runs in the distance of 1.5 to 3.1 miles (PT) with some longer training sprinkled in there occasionally when I felt like running a longer race. I have run a couple of HM in my life (the first being at age 18, the second at age 35, but have taken the last 2 years off from any serious running program (just my normal Air Force PT stuff). A few weeks ago, I got word that my mother went to the hospital with chest pains and ended up having to have quad bypass surgery. She is doing well and recovering at home, but this incident reignited an ember in me that has been smoldering for some time...I want to run a marathon. I am signed up to run the Steamtown Marathon on October 9th and training is in full swing. The timing of the decision left me a little behind the curve as far as time goes (13 weeks), so I have no concrete goals other than just to finish (though I do have a time in my head that I would be happy with for my first marathon). Look forward to good conversations on here. Happy Running, -Nic
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marpr227 Founding Runner replied
Good point Susan. As any Boston finisher wil tell you, post-race stairs are much easier to negotiat... more
Made the switch
After 6 years of running, I finally purchased my first pair of Brooks.  After one run I was so in love that I knew I had to join the online community and meet some other likeminded runners.
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marpr227 Founding Runner replied
Welcome to The Run. You are right. This is a great and supportive group.    So now that you have ... more
I'm not new to running
I'm not new to running but new to the Brooks shoes, just purchased Glycerin 14, great shoes. I am looking forward to many miles with these when cool weather gets here if it ever comes. Its still warm here, 89 predicted for halloween.
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RichardB Valued Contributor replied
Hello @alm106 and welcome to The Run community of all things running. I've been a Brooks fan since ... more
Girl on the run, new here!
Hello, my name is Madison! I am 16 years old and a junior in high school. I run cross country and track. My fastest 5K time is 22:39, I know, it's bad (It was my first year running XC and each meet my time improved). But I have joined this community to shed off my time gradually troughout the year. I look forward to learning new techniques to improve my time for next XC season! Hopefully good enough to get to state. OHIO that is!
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ccalfee Valued Contributor replied
Welcome to The Run.  There is NOTHING wrong with your XC time.  You have all the time in the world ... more
Newbie!
New to the forum.  I am a 57 year old runner on my 3rd pair of Brooks.  I currently run 20-35 miles per week.  Usualy pace somewhere south of 10 mpm.  My longer runs, on the weekend are usually beyond 10 miles.  I just got a pair of Glycerin 13s and ran a PR this morning of 9:13 mpm.  These seem to be great.  But, time will tell.  I usually run before work, sadly in the dark, Mon-Thurs and then one long run on the weekend.  So far, Brooks seem to be my favorite brand of shoes.  I have gone through many manufacturers, but none seem to feel as good as Brooks.  Hope the Glycerins are as good as the Addiction and Adrenaline pairs I had earlier.  Looking forward to time on the road with the new shoes.  
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alii1959 New Contributor replied
I appreciate all replies.  I am not downing running stores entirely.  I just have a difficult time ... more
Running is my thing
Soccer player turned marathon runner - my name is Jeanna and I am a 25 year old DC resident. I started running two years ago to stay in shape, but am very goal-oriented and needed something to work toward so - I ran my first half marathon on Thanksgiving Day 2014! Since, I have run four more half marathons and completed my first full, along with many other 10k and 10-mile races. Currently in training for my second Marine Corps Marathon. Excited to be a part of the group!  
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ccalfee Valued Contributor replied
Welcome to the Run.  You live in a great place for running.  If running is your thing, maybe you ar... more
Trying to get into this whole long-distance running thing
Hey everyone! I'm 24 years old, 5'-9, 150 lbs., and in training for my first half-marathon on October 16th. My goal is to finish in under 2 hours. My current pace is about 9:30 per mile (I'm aware this won't quite get me under 2 hours) with my longest distance so far being 11.8 miles.   Before starting training for this race, the furthest I had ever ran was about 4.5 miles. In high school I was a sprinter in track, so running for longer than 1 minute is still a bit strange to me . I like to stay active by at least doing something (lifting, biking, running, basketball), but since I started training about 90% of my focus and time has been spent on running. From what I'm learning now, this may have not exactly been the best idea because I have neglected strength training for my legs (squats, lunges, etc.), which may have helped lead to some of my injuries/pain I've encountered along the way.   Up until I got past about 6 miles in my training, my body reacted pretty well to the running. Yeah I was out of breath at the end and my legs were pretty exhausted and sore the next day, but nothing to be worried about. Since then, I feel like my biggest limitation in running a faster pace (and running more often) is due to pain I encounter on my longer runs. During these long runs (7/8 miles+), my knees start to hurt (more so my right one) in addition to my adductor (?? front of thigh at the top where it connects to hip... used when lifting leg... more so my left one). I sometimes feel a little hamstring tightness (more so my right one) too. Due to all this pain, it obviously hurts more to run faster, which I need to do to get under 2 hours. If I didn't have this pain, I would enjoy my training much more as I like the feeling of being free with my mind and body while running. In turn, I would get out and run more often as well. To describe my knee pain more, it hurts mostly on the outside near the bottom of the knee if that makes sense. The pain is so bad that I have to walk pretty gingerly the day of and after these long runs, and walking down steps is a nightmare. If I had to guess, the hamstring tightness is due to me trying to lighten the load on my knees while running.   I currently run in a pair of Nike running shoes (can't remember what kind). In this next week, I would like to order a pair of Brooks running shoes, as I have heard Nike isn't that great for long distance running shoes. I am hoping upgrading in shoes will help a lot, since I have read and been told that having the proper running shoes is one of the most important things to avoid pain/injury.   I really want to make this goal for my first half-marathon, but due to the pain, I am not sure I can manage that. What else can I do other than getting better shoes (thinking of getting the Glycerin 14 as I liked them in the store, and they seem to fit my style of running according to the tool on this website) to avoid and relieve this pain? Any advice would be helpful!   Thanks! And I look forward to being part of this community!
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Emmarunner Valued Contributor replied
hi @EvanM Welcome to the community! Like you, I have suffered from knee issues on the outside/und... more
Finding happiness!
Hi all!    My name is Lacey London. I am from the beautiful PNW, and have recently moved to South East Texas. It has been quite the culture, temperature, and overall body shock being here. I miss my running trails, running buddies, and the strong running community in the North West (you don't realize how lucky you are until you leave).    I ran collegiate for Oregon State University 2011-2014. I have since raced my first road 5ks since graduating 2 years ago. It was hard for me to get back on the starting line after I hung up my spikes. However, I realized running and specifically racing is not about coming in first or PR'ing every time it is about the happiness it brings.    That is why I love Brooks, Run Happy. Simple as that.    Running at times is a mind game for me, I want to stop, walk, turn around, tell myself that's all I have in me, but it is also my therapy. When I go run I feel free, alive, healthy, freshed, and ultimately happy.    I'm on a journey to fight back against that negative voice and find my happiness, which I know comes from running and the help of Brooks products!    Best, Lacey
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ccalfee Valued Contributor replied
Nice job!  I always remind myself and my high school runners that there are always two parts of run... more
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