While it’s always embarrassing to take your bright shiny white shoes to their first run group…it feels like openly declaring that you haven’t been running because a true runners shoes are grungy and well worn…nothing makes me want to go for a run more than a new pair of running shoes.
In the past 6 months, I’ve also been testing out a variety of shoes because my old stand by changed styles and no longer felt like my best buddy. One new shoe that I have fallen for is my Saucony Kinvara, which I just purchased a second pair of…and yup you guessed it I wore them to Track Club on Monday and ran my fastest times ever!!!!
Personally I think it’s the four leaf clovers on the shoe…or it could be the low profile design, more details on low profile shoes coming soon.
New amazing shoes keep coming out and I keep wanting to try them all!! For example there is the new super yellow K-Swiss kwicky blade-light …I feel like I would have to be fast just for putting them on by boat sized feet.
Then I just received notice that TODAY my long time running partner the Mizuno has a NEW SHOE! The Wave Prophecy looks like a crazy futuristic shoe and well…I kinda dig it.
These shoes have no foam, yeah you read that right you can find all the information here, but this is a quick snippit that caught my eye:
“The shoe essentially features two Wave plates, stacked and molded together at different densities to facilitate landing on either the forefoot or midfoot. This removal of most of the foam is definitely innovative and unique to this shoe.”
TROUBLE LETTING GO
AND YET… there remains one very large issue with new running shoes… I just can’t LET GO. Purse I don’t like anymore, donate it. Shirt I haven’t worn in a year donate it. Ratty hole under the arm of a dry fit race shirt…ehhh it might still be good for something…running shoes with over 600 miles that carried me through my last race…gosh they don’t look too bad.
Part of my separation anxiety comes from the fact that they keep changing shoes on me. Every time I find a style I love, I tend to buy it for a couple years…then they “upgrade” the shoe and suddenly it no longer fits the same and now I’m back to trying to find the perfect running shoe all over again.
For non-runners, this seems just a little psychotic, but for the marathon runner those shoes are your training partner. They will be with you for many miles and need to be able to flow with your slow runs and pick it up on the fast days, all while leaving your feet happy and comfy.
After spending all of those hours together, I feel like the shoes are just molded to my foot and I don’t want to let them go. However, all good things must come to an end…and then the cycle of new shoe giddiness can begin all over!
Yet, once retired I find my shoes either become my “walking shoes”, “muddy shoes”, “mowing shoes”…seriously I come up with any excuse to keep them. BUT as Chris just reminded me there is one good way for your shoes to LIVE ON…donate them to soles4souls or another organization. Check with your local run shop to find these kinds of things.
Do you have trouble letting go? Do you get crazy excited to have new shoes?
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