The official description
Less construction, a responsive fit, more support and all of it wrapped in a package designed to help prevent overpronation.
According to Brooks, the “PureCadence gives runners who need more stability the chance to experience the feel of a natural foot strike with a lightweight, breathable shoe.”
Sound familiar? That’s because another runner favoured the PureCadence just a couple of weeks ago (The Tuesday Kick, April 11, 2012). Obviously the shoe is finding a market for its light, supportive build.
Who wears it
Self-described “shoe junkie” Michelle Kempton lives in Cow Bay, Nova Scotia, home of the annual Moose Run. Kempton, 38, is immersed in the running life. A half-marathoner, who has published in Canadian Running, she often has speaking engagements at the Running Room, and is the co-founder of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia’s Heart & Sole Running Club.
Kempton volunteers at children’s running clubs and is the co-founder of Girls Gone Gazelle, a non-profit, all-girls running club for pre-teens. Currently she is the race director and co-founder (along with Stacy Juckett Chesnutt) of United by Running, which is launching a new series of three races in Nova Scotia, including an already sold-out five-km women’s only race; a pirate-based marathon in the fall, and a relay race.
For more information, be sure and check out: http://unitedbyrunning.com/index.php
Two months ago, Kempton turned in her power-suit and high-heels for running tights and sneakers. After 14 years as a software programmer, she’d had enough and did something many of us only dream about. She resigned from her sedentary work day for a job that she loves: running!
Kempton says she’s not fast, never wins races and doesn’t “look” like a runner, but she trains 40 to 50 km weekly and “owns a lot of sneakers.” But whereas most people are training for races, Kempton’s kilometres are to keep her in shape for the running clinics she instructs.
Kempton began running five years ago, dropping 120 pounds in the process (and she attributes most of the weight loss to running). But she “quickly fell into the trap of feeling that I had to set PBs.”
She ran a 25 minute 5 km and a 52 minute 10 km, times and achieved them on her own with no formal training. “I had to train hard to reach those PBs. I did it with no direction or guidance. At the time, I had no formal training and very few running friends,” Kempton says.
“I didn’t know about tempo runs, hill-repeats, strides or steady runs. All I had was my GPS watch and I’d run, run and run – until I got faster. Imagine if I knew then what I know now!”
But, Kempton says, she’s older and wiser now and runs for different reasons: for enjoyment and to help others.
Why she likes them
Kempton finds a parallel between her early running and her initial experience with shoes. “I understand the science behind different shoe types now,” she says, “but when I first started running, I didn’t have a sweet clue.”
Incredibly, for her first two years running, she’d lace up a pair of heavy Merrell hiking shoes and pound the pavement in those. She even used them for her first 10 km road race.
Kempton found her first real runners a revelation; she had no idea sneakers could be comfortable and light. She laughs, recalling that she destroyed her first pair within a couple of weeks. Because they were “cute and on sale,” Kempton bought a pair of Nikes at a retail outlet. The inner ankles wore out and when she took them into a local specialty running store where they “skooled” her on kicks, it turns out she’d bought the wrong type for her running style.
“From that point forward, “fashion” wasn’t the primary reason that I picked a shoe – though I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t still important,” Kempton says.
Kempton’s run in everything from Saucony and Asics, to Mizuno, and now declares herself a recent Brooks convert. “The Brooks PureProject has exactly what I needed. A low-profile shoe, some cushion, a wide base and awesome colors. I actually squealed when I first saw the Scuba Dive PureCadence!”
Kempton favours the PureCadence because they offer both function and fashion. She’d been moving toward a lower profile show over the past year. But describes her first day in the Brooks as “love,” and adds the dozen or so compliments I received from fellow runners helped as well.
“My calves were a bit tired after my first run, but I didn’t have cramping – just fatigue. But in fairness to the shoe, I did teach a learn-to-run and 10K clinics back-to-back that night and probably clocked about 12K on my first run.”
Kempton is now a confirmed Brooks fanatic and counts among her shoes PureFlows for the treadmill, PureCadences for the road and the Green Silence for the track .
Sounds like a dream to us.