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New gear, a new running experience

I’m the kind of runner who as soon as my feet don’t quite right, I buy new shoes. I feel the same way about shoes that I do tires on a car — if they’re starting to wear down, you probably shouldn’t put too many more miles on them. Yesterday, I bought a pair of Brooks Adrenaline GTS 7s. This is a pretty drastic change for me because since June 2006, my running shoes have been Asics. I’ve gone through a pair of 1120s, two 2110s and most recently a pair of 2120s – my most favorite to date. But after trying on the Brooks and the Asics 2120s at the same time, there was something about the Brooks shoe I really liked. They got a good test run today on my 10-mile run – everything felt great.

I also bought a fuel belt yesterday – the 2007 Helium Fuel Belt. I used it on my long run today and it worked great. It has two 8-ounce bottles and a little zipper pack for a small snack, keys or, like today, my Ipod shuffle. It fit nice and snug and it didn’t shift around at all. It’s the first time in a couple of years I’ve taken fluids with me and it was a world of difference from the cheap stuff I have used before. I really didn’t want a belt with four bottles – that just seemed like too much to carry around – and this one was perfect when I saw it. It will definitely make my long runs more pleasant having fluid with me instead of trying to run somewhere that has water fountains along the way.

  1. Jason
    July 29, 2007 at 5:10 pm

    I love my Fuel Belt. It works wonderfully. I only wish the bottles were a little bigger. I got the four bottle one as I didn’t think two bottles would be enough for me.

  2. Amy
    July 30, 2007 at 12:25 pm

    I am still a stasher – leaving bottles along the route. So it didn’t jiggle with the water in the belt? I may have to break down and try one.

    I will say a prayer to the running shoe gods – although they didn’t listen to me last time.

  3. lynchburgrunner
    July 30, 2007 at 1:10 pm

    To Amy: The way the bottles are positioned near the back, I didn’t notice them jiggling around at all. This belt fit nice and tight and has a Velcro adjustment – not one that clicks. Just like everything else to do with running, it’ll work differently for different people, but I really liked it.

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