June 7, 2012

Brooks GHOST 5 Shoe Review, A few things Running + Non running


Brooks Ghost 5 review
I first fell in love with the Brooks Ghost about a year ago, when I had my gait re-analyzed at my local running store, only to discover I was a neutral.

Since then, I have always had a pair of Ghosts in rotation- first the Ghost 3, then the 4. Now Brooks has raised the bar again, with an even better Ghost 5.

 

To find out what the difference between the Ghost 4 and Ghost 5 is, I called Brooks and spoke with a customer service pro. Here's what I learned:

The Ghost 5 retained the same 12MM heel-toe offset, caterpillar crash pad, and bio-mogo (biodegradable mid-sole), Brooks DNA (special cushioning) of the Ghost 4.

To upgrade the shoe, Brooks removed a plastic piece from the outer arch area. This will make the shoe a bit less stable, but more flexible, (Imagine twisting it side to side from the heel and toe- the Ghost 5 will will twist more). Yay for runners like me, who don't need any extra stability! (Too much actually causes me problems).

Improvements to the Brooks Ghost also includes making it a lighter trainer, 8.8 ounces- down from 9.3.

Test runs:
I find these perfect for easy runs and are supportive enough for long runs. The toe box is nice and roomy, (though it does come in widths for those looking for narrow or wide). On recent tests, it felt firm, but very flexible, (much like its predecessor). Cushioning is there, but they're certainly not squishy...

The Ghost 5 is a thumbs up for me, and I didn't think it was possible to improve on the last model!

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Running related
  • After Eugene I had this crazy idea that I might try to race another marathon in early June. Where do these ideas come from? Reading other people's blogs? Nonsense. I know myself better than that. Someone will win a nice pair of shoes this weekend, but most certainly not me! :)
Sidenote: (Just to prove to myself that it was not a good idea, though, I decided to follow Pfitz's back-to-back marathon training plan- sort of- for a couple of weeks. That ended after a few days of easy runs with strides, and a long run with MP (MP was not in the schedule--duh), and an attempt at pushing a jogging stroller with 70 pounds of kids in it for an "easy run". "Easy run" does not = double stroller. Even slowing down by 2 minutes a mile, my heart rate was in the tempo zone. Little muscles that I usually don't notice were tweaked still from the marathon, and from keeping the stroller from launching off the hills and into the creek. Can't let the kiddos drown I guess...)
  •  I have some goals- but they are reserved for late summer/fall. Most of what I am doing is just base / easy aerobic running. Recently I tested myself at my high end aerobic zone and ran for 5 miles to see just how slow I could go maintaining that heart rate. Fascinating test. Took me a mile to get to 139 BPM, and then: 8:54, 9:18, 9:33, 9:36. I was turtle-riffic (for me)  and hope to be about 30 secs/mile faster in a month at the same heart rate. (I was training at essentially the same easy pace after Boston last year.) Will be fun to see...
  • One new adventure I am enjoying is coaching a friend with her running. She has already improved so much on her own, but I am honored that she asked me to advise her in training. Each day, I check her progress, it is clear that she is committed to her goals and eager to follow directions. I can't wait to see how she does this summer!
  •  I found a new blog! Sole Sisters is a combined project with a heart for the Lord. Check them out! I promise these ladies will be worth your time.
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Snippets that prove my life is extraordinary ...
  • I am learning the joy of interior painting. My helpers are very eager, but also very messy. I TRIED to mask things well, and laid down cardboard. However, seeing a 3 year old with a paintbrush DRIPPING paint onto the floor, while staring in awe...I realized that no amount of prep would protect the floor from this. Paint in hair, on shoes...shoes came off. In socks...socks came off, all over feet and between toes. Just glad he had fun and the floor was vinyl.  One room, one coat, four painters backing into eachother's brushes, and it took half a day. ha.
  • My 7 year old is finishing up his first year of home school. We started in October and he has made SO much progress, even though I have not invested the time I had hoped into it.  He has gone from only knowing basic alphabet sounds and adding single digits, to fully reading by himself, including compound words and special sounds. Nathan can now write short stories (but hates to). He can add and subtract triple digit numbers, carrying numbers, recognize and use basic fractions, read a thermometer,  and loves geography, music and dance (much to his dad's dismay and everyone's entertainment), and science. 
  • Yes. I have pulled most of my hair out doing this. Yes. I am a proud mom!

40 comments:

  1. I have lots of friends who run, but I wish I had someone to "coach" me. Your friend is very lucky to have such a great runner as you. Yes, before you say what many others have, I could have my husband coach me, but he's my husband and that just doesn't work out.

    We both love Brooks though :)

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    1. I knew you guys were Brooks fans :)! I can imagine your hubby coaching you..ha. It would be a lot like mine coaching me! But mine does give me good injury advice :)

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  2. I had one pair of Ghosts and I liked them for easy runs. Now it seems I run almost exclusively in my flows or launches but much much more in my flows now. Poor Launches. They used to be the favorite. Paint! Paint is so messy!! But fun to see the finished product! I was wondering what that test was all about w hen I was analyzing your workouts. Was just sending an e-mail about it, in fact. Glad you decided to change your direction from the June marathon and listen to your body. Marathons can be so hard on our bodies...even when we don't run to our potential. I'm just now feeling like myself again...took some time...lots of time. Yay for Nathan! Sounds like he has learned so much. Good job mama!! Oh, and these Ghosts are pretty...did you get the purple ones or is that the only color?

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    1. It's a good thing you like the Pure Flows since Brooks is discontinuing the Launch! I did get the purple ones, but there is a pretty blue too. I think there might be some more color options closer to fall ;)
      Yes...painting. Oh my gosh, what a mess!

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  3. I love the image of your kids painting. :) You're such a good mom!!

    I'm a public school teacher, but I can't imagine home schooling my kids. I need the structure of a workplace. I'm always inane of the people who can do a good job of it, which you clearly can.

    I'm due for new road shoes, and I'll definitely check out the Brooks line.

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    1. Things have really fallen into place this year Kate, but it gets more challenging as the curriculum does, I hear. I hope to get more organized. That would certainly help for next year with 2 homeschoolers and one wild 3 year old!

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  4. YAY! I love it when you post new blogs!! LOVE that new blog. Looking forward to reading more. Thanks for the share. Those Ghosts are so pretty. I wanted to try on a pair last week but they didnt have any in my size :( Probably better and should stick with my pretty pink ..or maybe I need an extra pair LOL . So glad you saved the kids. I was thinking of taking Liam out for his first run tomorrow with me. I figured you want me to go extra slow that might be the way to ensure I do :) that .. or I might keel over from it. hmmmmmm maybe we should talk a bout that :) YOu should be very proud. You are an amazing MOm and my hats off to you. XOOXOXOX!!!!

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    1. Thanks Michelle! Since you know what size you take in them, you can order from home. Free shipping on anything over 75$ GL with Liam. I bet he'd like to run with mom :)

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  5. I love Brooks running shoes, I get put in them when I first started running due to my wide toe box and they were the only ones that fit!! Now I have Pure Flows and absolutely love them. I don't want to go back to a more supportive shoe.

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    1. I love the Pure Flows too, Lish! I just like to rotate a bit. There is a new color out for the Flow as of yesterday :)

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  6. Oh how fun it was to read about the things you sent me an email about last week :) hehe. I know you're going to make a great coach; you have the experience and you have a heart of gold - those are the two basic requirements and I know you'll do an excellent job.

    Definitely will check out the sole sisters blog, sounds right up my alley!

    You are a very patient women to home school! Kuddos to your little guy for such vast improvements over the year. I'm sure I'd have strangled my children had I home schooled them. ;)

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    1. Thanks Jill! Trust me- there are days my boys are lucky to be alive :)

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  7. Sounds like you guys have been busy and that you have lots of projects for a fun summer. :) I always admire moms that push their kids while running. When my friend's son was younger, we used to share the duty on a long run. We would each a take a few miles of pushing, then trade off. It was all I could take! Hats off to you, my dear!

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    1. Haha, thanks! It was just affirmation that I should continue to rise early so as not to have to push them in the "rocket" .

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  8. you'd be a great coach! how fun and how lucky your friend is! hugs to you. miss you.

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    1. Thanks L! Missed you too. Always nice to see what's up with the Cotters :)

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  9. I've started coaching my wife and we are both enjoying it. I suppose a lot of couples will not attempt this but it really works for us and brings us closer to each other. I'm sure you will be a great coach. I love it when a new shoe model is as good as the old one I loved.

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    1. You are fortunate to have a wife receptive to your coaching! And she is just as blessed to have such a great coach in you. :)

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  10. home schooling is lots of work, yet obviously rewarding beyond measure. keep up the great work!

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  11. Great newsy post! Interesting about the heart rate training - don't know much about it, but since getting the new heart rate band, I see there's much to learn. Glad homeschooling is going so well! It gets a little harder in some ways, but your kids will become more proficient at learning, too, so it all works out. Thx for the SoleSisters link!

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  12. Congrats to you on completing a year of homeschooling as well, I have so much respect for moms who can do it. I love that you have the opportunity to coach someone... I know you'd be a fabulous coach! And I'm excited to check out the SoleSisters link, thanks!

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  13. My husband finally switched to Brooks, after much hassling from me, and he LOOOOOOOOOOOVES his Ghosts! Yay!

    I'm just now tapping into HR training after finally having a fancy fitness test done in SD and discovering my optimum "zones." I'm excited to see how it works out for me.

    Great job on homeschooling! Wow! I seriously do well to make it through 20 minutes of work with my kiddos. We actually have a math tutor for my oldest for the summer.

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    1. Very nice about the fancy HR test! I wonder what was done with it that makes it so much more important than the other tests.

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  14. I used to wear Ghost 4. I've actually been changing the brand every time I get new shoes to see which ones I like better. I didn't even realize they had Ghost 5!

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  15. I am sure you are a great coach, your friend is very lucky.
    Home school is a difficult but important job.
    Never had a pair of Brooks but reading your review I think that they are good shoes.

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  16. Hey Raina. Thanks for the Sole Sisters plug. That was so sweet of you. I'm so excited and thankful to have the blog as a platform to encourage others! :) Homeschooling: this year was the first year we switched to part-time homeschooling. Before that I homeschooled full-time. It's a huge undertaking and I have the utmost respect for families who do it. I only taught through first grade but if you have any questions let me know.

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  17. So Miss Raina - two questions: 1. How do you reply to a comment that someone posts on your blog? 2. Any idea why I didn't get this post in my inbox? I subscribed (and tried to subscribe again but it said I already was on your list). However, I didn't get this post notification. Carissa emailed it to me. Any thoughts? Oh, and thanks for the Sole Sisters plug. I'm excited to see what God is going to do with it! Have a super day!

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    1. Thanks Jodi! I sent a reply by email. :)

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  18. Hey there my dear! Better late than ever!

    Smiling thinking of Levi with a paintbrush. I was the "MEAN" mommy who won't let my kids help with ANYTHING like this. I've since relaxed but I was the mom who would clean up the playdough as they were playing with it because mess made me crazy. My poor kids! You're a good fun mom!!

    So impressed with what you've done with Nathan. SUCH a commitment, one SO many couldn't make but you took it on and you succeeded. Lucky lucky boy to have you! You SHOULD be SO stinkin' proud of Nathan and of YOURSELF!!!

    Love to hear what you're doing with running. I know that feeling after a marathon. I hobbled through my last one injured and hurting but yet somehow thought within days that I should find another one within the month....Fortunately, I came to my senses:)

    Interested in the changes they've made to the Ghost! Thanks for sharing!! I'm getting some. Really still very disappointed about the Launch as I don't feel the Ghost OR the PureFlow compare to the same feel to me.....

    OK-Sorry for the delay in commenting! I read it right away as I always do:)

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    1. Ha! I am usually the one cleaning up the trail right after my kids too, Jenn. I just want them to "own" a bit of this project..and surprisingly, my oldest was much more helpful than I expected!

      It is a bummer about the Launch- I knew it was your favorite.

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  19. I still am picturing your kids armed with paint brushes ....... :) Your kids seem to be awesome with fun parents.

    Your running is way better off than mine. I am looking forward to Paul's experiment/graph project; if the doctor gives me a clean bill of health.

    Nice job on the shoe review!!

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  20. Kids grow up so fast! Training with a HR monitor will make your marathons so much easier. And you'll recover faster too! I enjoy reading about your closeness with the Lord. =) I'm guessing that it was a typo where you suggested a marathon in early JUNE (in your first sentence)... You probably meant July. Let me know when you run CIM! I'd definitely try to make it if you're there!

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  21. You run testing sounds interesting. Looking forward to reading about your progress there.

    Sounds like a painting adventure with your kids! I never had the patience for that :-)

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  22. I like the new look on the blog

    did you ever get the price you won from my giveaway?

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  23. I just saw your blog after searching for the Brooks Ghost 5. Do you think buying the older version, as a cheaper option, is ok?

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    1. I still think the Ghost 4 is a great shoe! The 5 is just a bit more flexible and lighter. If you are mainly looking for a super deal, stock up on the 4 while you can. :)

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  24. I've been thinking of getting a coach. Not sure if it should be in-person or on-line.
    Sounds like your little guy is doing really well with his school work!
    ❀Barbara❀
    My Running Shortz

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  25. Wow, your life sounds a lot like mine, minus the super fast race times! Glad I found your blog! I just ordered Ghost 5 as my Mizunos are not working out for me post baby #4. I am hoping Brooks does the trick!

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