Brooks Adrenaline GTS 19

"For the first time in months, I wasn't in pain during my long run."

This is what Brooks says about the latest incarnation of the Adrenaline GTS shoe; 19.

  • We’ve shifted our focus beyond the feet, to the most injury-prone part of a runner’s body: the knees. GuideRails keep you moving comfortably by keeping excess movement in check.
  • BioMoGo DNA and DNA LOFT cushioning work together to provide a just-right softness underfoot without losing responsiveness and durability.
  • Engineered mesh and the 3D Fit Print upper provide the structure and proven fit of this Go-To Shoe with a streamlined look.

… but what does that mean for the average runner, desperate to keep the aches and pains at bay while enjoying all the benefits we know come from the sport we love.

This is what our reviewer had to say about the Adrenaline GTS 19:

Putting these shoes on for the first time felt like coming home. The last pair of Brooks I owned was the GTS 13s, which saw me through a marathon and I have an unparalleled affinity to those shoes. Over the years, various niggles and injuries have appeared and with that, advice over the shoes that would help keep me running. There was one niggle, in particular, that wouldn’t go away, regardless of treatment or shoe changes and while chatting to my physio about the aforementioned marathon  – yes, it was in 2013 and yes, I am still talking about it – being relatively pain-free, she sensibly mentioned trying the shoes that worked then. It’s a no brainer, right?!

Trying on the 19s, I wondered if the developments would mean they wouldn’t provide the magic that the 13s offered.

I needn’t have worried and I wish I had applied the logic before the physio stated the obvious! Tentatively heading out for a lunchtime test-run as they arrived during our mini-summer a couple of weeks ago, I floated around my local 5k route.

The sizing is perfect (I’m size 8.5); a feeling of security with flexibility which gave me a little burst of confidence.

With the mini-summer already a distant memory, I have been out in the rain and these shoes are quick drying, stable and because the fit is so good, I didn’t experience any discomfort in the rain. Well, not shoe related!

I’m not a fast runner, certainly no threat to the elite field, but the niggles were threatening to call a halt to anything over 5-6 miles. That meant my personal goal of ticking off more half marathons and another marathon or two was becoming less likely.

Not any more. I came home on Sunday after a 9-mile run, niggle-free, with a feeling of optimism about my future running goals. It wasn’t always pretty, I’m not going to pretend the shoes turned me into an age-group contender, but for many of us, running is about so much more than that. I need to run, it keeps me (relatively) sane and for anyone who begins to think their running days are numbered, it’s a horrible feeling. This has also been a lesson in trusting your body and the kit that works for you!

Thank you, Brooks! I have a few finish lines still to cross and I trust that these shoes will help me cross them.

As an aside, I know that these are popular shoes, understandably so, but that was highlighted at a Running Leaders’ course I attended at the weekend where Brooks running shoes were worn by 65% of attendees and I was one of four women wearing exactly the same 19s!