This week, a recap of running the 2015 Boston Marathon.
Another flavor of the Honey Stinger Waffle, and it’s Caramel? Yes please! Everyone knows I love caramel products-remember my infatuation with Salted Caramel GU? I eat Honey Stinger waffles before long runs and races and although I alternate between their honey, vanilla and gingersnap flavors I was excited about the prospect of adding a new flavor into the rotation. Honey Stinger waffles are two thin waffles sandwiched together with honey and in this case, with caramel as well. Biting into the waffle I could taste the caramel flavor right away but it didn’t overpower the overall taste of the product. It tasted like I took one of the honey waffles and drizzled just a little bit of caramel syrup on it. Yum! It’s 160 calories per waffle and as with all of their products it’s organic. The only downside I can think of is if someone wants a waffle that has the strong taste of a soft caramel candy, this product might not have enough caramel taste for them. For me, however, it’s a welcomed addition to my Honey Stinger Waffle line-up.
This week, we talk about getting ready for Boston. A park allows runners back on the trails. Lake Sonoma 50 was this weekend and course records were set. Beat the Blerch race series expands and includes a race in California. RnR Raleigh numbers are down from last year. Team Hoyt will be back in Boston. And our week in training.
Brooks Adrenaline GTS have been my go to shoe (pun intended) since their 8th edition. As a stability shoe they have the cushioning that is right for me while running out on the road. As my running has evolved over the years, this shoe has too. I have liked running in the GTS-14 but have noticed and appreciate the changes they have made to the shoe in the GTS-15 version.
First, the crash pad now runs the full length of the shoe and is segmented, allowing for a more natural movement of the foot. Previously the crash pad was just in the heel. With this change I’ve noticed a smoother transition from heel-strike to toe-off.
Next is the cushioning under the midsole, it has a different blend that makes it more cushioned than the 14. Honestly I haven’t noticed much of a difference with this but it hasn’t bothered me either.
Finally is the improved upper. It has less stitching making them less likely to cause chaffing or rubbing issues. And although I’ve never had a problem with the stitches in the prior versions I could feel a difference running in the GTS-15, they did feel better.
Other things worth mentioning, although the forefoot feels just as spacious as the GTS-14, it does feel a bit stiffer in the GTS-15. Also many who run in Adrenaline GTS shoes have noticed that the 15’s run a bit smaller than the 14’s (and previous versions) and the Brooks website recommends using a 1/2 size larger if you tend to be in between sizes. Interestingly enough, I didn’t order a 1/2 size up and have noticed a good fit.
And for those wanting to know the numbers, the weight of the womens shoe is stated to be 9.2oz and the mens shoe is 11oz. The drop from heel to forefoot is 11.3mm.
With the cost running from $120-$130, I continue to think that it’s a great deal. With eight colors to currently choose from for the mens’ or womens’ version I think there is enough variety to fit your color preference.