Monday, August 23, 2010

Summoning The Beast!

I went to get an upgrade on my orthotics last weekend and asked the orthotist to evaluate my New Balance 1122's that I have had for a few years.   He checked them out and said that I am due for some new shoes, especially now that I have started to run 3-5 x week.  My NB's are still good for walking, but not running.

So, he recommended only one shoe:  The Brooks Beast!
Good for a guy my size, good for a guy with flat feet, good for a guy that needs a lot of support AND for a guy that will only increase his running levels in the future!  (Yeah, baby...Clyde's on the move!)

The bad news is that they will have to be custom-ordered, since I will wearing a size 14, EE width.  Who's the beast now? 

What shoes do you wear for running and what other running gear do you use for your training?

16 comments:

spunkysuzi said...

I hear you. I have EEE width feet and i'm only a size 5 women's!

Patrick said...

I'll be in the market for some new shoes soon & will give the Brooks Beast a look.

Did you order your Brooks Beasts in a color that will that coordinate well with you soon to be new iTouch?

Beth said...

I love my Mizuno Wave Inspire's, and my hubby loves his Brooks Adrenaline. www.runningwarehouse.com is great for any running gear cheap!
Happy Running!

Patrick Mahoney said...

I've heard good things about the Brooks Beast. They look cool too, which is always nice.

I run in Newton Gravity's except for races that are 10K or less then I wear Zoot Ultra TT 2.0's

Alan (Pounds Off Playoff) said...

I've been a loyal Brooks wearer for over ten years - nothing else. Have purchased several Beasts - even though I don't run. I really don't have much arch to speak of either. I think you'll be happy with them.

Fat Daddy said...

I wear Nike Air running shoes. (shocks maybe?)I forget the exact model. But they are made specifically for running. My wife bought them for me for Chistmas after I dropped about two-thirds of my weight. I could never wear that kind of shoe before. So it was a big deal.

Matty O said...

Alright! The Brooks Beast was my first ever Brooks shoe my second year of college... almost 10 yrs ago now. I have not strayed from Brooks since. They are a GREAT shoe for bigger guys (being one myself).

They have great support as you mentioned. I used to roll my ankles a lot and rarely roll them now in Brooks shoes.

That is why I got sponsored by them, they are honestly amazing shoes. Although, I currently am not sure about the Ghost 3 shoes I am running in, the Ravenna's have been VERY comfy for me.

Can't wait to hear what you think. Give them a couple runs before you make up your opinion too.

Scuttleboose said...

I would rather work out in rags if it meant I got to spend extra money on my footwear. Going to an athletic footwear store (where they know more than "Yes, we have that in a size 8") is soooo worth it! Be sure to snap some pics of your new treads!

Jams said...

I'm in need of new shoes, I'll have to check out Brooks. I've been hearing fantastic things about them. Other running gear... shorts and a tank, wicking fabrics and if it's a long enough run, a water bottle. That's the greatest thing about running!

Lucas said...

Sounds like you found some good shoes. Essential for runners (even beginning runners) to have good shoes. And you're not gonna like hearing this, because of the custom ordering and all, but if you are running regularly, you should be getting new shoes every 6 months or so. Sorry. But you will feel the difference. Every time I have knee pain or things start to hurt more, I know it's time for new shoes. And I rock Saucony's, always! :)

Raegun said...

Good shoes are soooo important. I'm learning that now that my distance is increasing! I'm running in Mizuno Wave Alchemy 9's on the advice of my local running shop. Getting properly fitted for a shoe was such a fantastic experience. It helps that they're cute, too. ;)

Katy said...

It seems like everyone eventually ends up with Brooks.

Kovas Palubinskas said...

New shoes are a great motivator! That Touch is yours.

Christina said...

Sweet shoes!!!! Aren't you super excited? I have two pairs of running shoes: pink Nikes and blue Asics. My selection is somewhat limited because I have big feet. My feet are narrow, given their length. Even if I wanted to buy men's shoes, they would be too wide. I have two pairs of Champion gym shoes for cross-training. One pair crapped out on me after two months, so I really just have one pair of general-use gym shoes. I wear my Champions to walk, to lift, to bike, and to do everyday activities. They're too small (a tiny 11, I believe), but I got them cheap! My running shoes are expensive, and I'd rather have nice running shoes than nice general-use shoes. The crappy Champions will be my muddy/fun shoes. I also have a cute pair of Puma gym shoes, but I don't wear those too often. I got them at a second-hand store a few years ago. Colorful!

Note: My dad did a bit of running until his knees crapped out (I'm saying 'crap' a lot today). He's a tall, flat-footed guy like you, and he swears by Brooks! Your feet are in good hands with Brooks. :) What kind of socks do you wear?

Other running gear: GPS watch, hydration belt, hat, sun glasses (don't need these too often since I run before the sun comes up!)

RockStarTri said...

I'm a size 14 4E. I've never worn the "beast" but it has been recommended for me. I seem to gravitate to either NBs or Asics Kayanos. One thing that big guys need to realize is that they are harder on sneakers than most smurfs.

Enjoy the new kicks.

Big Daddy Diesel said...

My trainers are Brooks Ravenna and racers are Brooks ST4