18 Oct

Running Shoes

Photography Challenge Day 18: Your Shoes


Photo Taken October 10, 2011.

This post is part of the October 30 Day Photography Challenge

I finally committed to buying a new pair of running shoes. It only took me 2 years and 2 months from the purchase of my last pair.

I know that most people who call themselves runners are probably shocked that I could go so long between running shoes and put so many miles on a single pair. To which I say, well, I haven’t been injured yet, so I must be doing something right!

I knew that I needed a new pair when the holes got so large that my baby toe was completely sticking out the side of my shoe. I like to keep all 10 toes under wraps.

I tried getting another pair of Adidas Marathon 10 shoes a while back but they were a bit too wide so I returned them.

After far too much time shopping for the perfect pair of sneakers, I eventually settled on these Saucony Kinvara 2 runners that have very little cushioning and stability support (ironically, much like my old runners in their last days). They felt comfy when I walked around the store, but that really tells you dick all about how they’re going to feel on a run doesn’t it?

I primarily bought them because I was getting sick and tired of shopping around and trying on running shoes. I just wanted to settle down and commit to one pair.

On my first go with them on the treadmill I didn’t love them. I wanted them to make me run faster, or feel like I was floating. They did not. As a matter of fact they actually left my feet feeling a bit numb.

For a fleeting moment I considered returning these shoes too, but instead I forced myself to commit to them like a bride in an arranged marriage. And in the way arranged marriages go I suspect that after many miles spent together, a little wearing in, and a few races, my tolerance of the shoes will eventually lead to love. I’ll let you know how I feel in another 2 years and 2 months.

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4 thoughts on “Running Shoes

  1. I HATE shopping for shoes. You can never tell how they’re going to feel from 15 minutes in the store. I just bought this $70 pair of Clark’s which seemed like the most comfortable thing ever and after 10 minutes in the real world, they sanded my left heel off and cut off the circulation in my toes…

    • Same thing happened to me with a pair of flats that I bought. It took me weeks of hobbling around the office with my feet squished in them before I could even wear them outside to get from one point to another. They’re ok now, but that breaking in period was brutal.

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