If you are reading this, then know that that I love you both. The same.
I could never choose between you two. I have room in my heart for each of you. Equally!
Now that they are done reading let me tell you the truth!!
I have never had a problem with running shoes. Strap any old thing on my legs and I am good to go. Army boots; ballet slippers, doesn’t matter to me.
My knees may hurt but that does seem to be due to my shoes.
Regardless, at the end of 2007, when the Mrs. and I decided to get started in the whole ‘running thing’, I went ahead and bought a new set of running shoes.
I did the whole thing. Walk across the sensor so that it can analyze my running style. Buy a pair of shoes that matches me, looks good, feels good. All set.
They worked great. I felt good in them, ran good (but not faster unfortunately).
Everything worked fine. I ran those things into the ground within 15 months. I retired the shoes right around 400 miles or 75 hours. They had started to hurt my feet a little bit when I ran long distances. I could feel the ground a little too much.
I kept the shoes because they still looked good. Now they’re just my ‘tennis shoe’. I still love them, they fit like a glove and I have to confess, I secretly wet myself a little every time I put them on. Sooo NICE!
The next pair I got was a serious pair. Even did the treadmill test. I knew I was getting serious when the pair was U-G-L-Y! This pair was a trail rated shoe. Good for holding on to the loose rocks and good at keeping those same rocks out.
I found that they were great for the road too. Awesome! I tore through those shoes in NO time. 451 miles in 7 months.
Rumor has it, that running shoes should be retired after 350 miles. Well, crap! I am way past that.
The shoe still feels fine. Maybe I can keep running in them. Maybe all that junk about changing your shoes is hogwash. Advertising to get the public to buy new shoes.
Regardless, the new shoes are way over the limit. So maybe it's time to go back to the old shoes?
I mean they fit like a glove. They feel so good when I wear them out. Low mileage and smooth to boot.
So I took the old shoes out for a spin. A morning run, easy on the streets, no rocks no trails; easy.
My feet are K-I-L-L-I-N-G me! Appearently, the shoes have this knack for finding every freaking rock out there. If there isn't a rock, they'll find a pebble and make it into a rock.
My feet are so sore, it hurts to walk around the house.
So it's offically time. Time to re-retire the old shoes to 'fashion wear'. As for the newer shoes? I don't know. They still feel great, but maybe it's time to retire them too.
My worry is that as ugly as they are, there is no retirement job for those babies.