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.