Wednesday, March 27, 2019

My First Run Happy Experience | Brooks Glycerin 17 Review

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Brooks Glycerin 17 running shoes in exchange for my review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador) and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

The snow is gradually melting around these parts, marathon training is speeding by and my shoes are finally able to feel that glorious pavement underfoot. YES, I can finally pack away my traction aids for a few months!

This month I have hit the road and occasional treadmill in a fancy new shoe style, also worn by the 2018 Boston Marathon Ladies' Champion, Des Linden. I wanna be like Des — that's right! As a BibRave Pro, I received the newly released Brooks Glycerin 17, my very first pair of Brooks shoes, to review:


Right out of the box, I will say these shoes are sharp! The purple/black shoe looks great on the run and nice for casual everyday wear as well. They're stylin' ;)  The Glycerin 17 does have five color options, so everyone's personal taste should be covered.

Let's Get to the Run

I started with a few low mileage easy runs and then worked up to the long run with the Glycerin 17's. The DNA LOFT technology made each stride feel smooth and the landing soft, even while running on the road.

The Glycerin 17 shoe is on the heavier side compared to my usual shoe style but the cushion benefit is worth a little extra weight. Brooks' motto is "Run Happy" and that cushioned feel definitely keeps my joints happy!


As you cover the long miles on hard surfaces, the Glycerin 17 feels like a gentle way to break some of that road-pounding impact. I thought these shoes felt too heavy for interval/speed efforts but they shine on long, steady workouts and even my strength training workouts.


My Final Thoughts

The Glycerin 17's are everything I hoped my first Brooks Run Happy experience would be! Though they are heavier and more cushioned than my usual running shoes, the neutral fit was perfect for me and that DNA LOFT cushion makes for a soft, smooth feel. That makes my legs happy.

I'm considering wearing these for my upcoming road marathon because these shoes really do shine on the road and my body will thank me for the extra cushioning at mile 26! (Isn't that last .2 mile always the hardest?!)

Do you have a favorite Brooks shoe? 


- Brooks Women's Glycerin 17 Specs -

  • Support: Neutral
  • Weight: 9.2 oz
  • Midsole Drop: 10mm
  • Arch: Medium, High
  • Technology: DNA LOFT
  • NEW OrthoLite sock liner offers a plush feel
  • $150.00 on BrooksRunning.com
    Specs from BrooksRunning.com
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