Ok, you knew I couldn’t stay away from talking running for to long, right ?
Well, actually truth be told, this is more a post about the most important thing involved in running, shoes. Well at least I think so. Good shoes are a requirement to do what we do, keep us comfy, and protect from injury.
In fact, when new runners ask me what they need, I tell them they can run in just about anything but they need good quality shoes.
Then the inevitable question…. “what brand do you wear?”
My response is this: go to a good shoe store, try on several pair, you’ll know them immediately when you slip them on.
I then tell them: I wear Asics.
I jokingly tell them I’m married to them. Other than a couple brief flings with Mizuno’s to see what the hype was about, I’ve been in Asics from the beginning of my running career (4ish years now). I’ve always loved the fact I can just go out and put miles on them straight outta the box with no “adjustment” period. They perform well, offer a variety of styles, colors etc and at decent prices.
Other than buying the Cumulus style… which almost destroyed me… the toe box was so small, the heel part was brutal… I was like a disappointed child at Christmas finding out Santa wasn’t real… don’t let me down now……
I was thick in marathon training last fall with those and one day for a shorter run pulled out an old pair of GT 2000 2’s.
Immediately… it was like… OMG…. I’m home…..that’s when I knew… I wasn’t just married to a brand, but a style in that brand.
Does that make me a real, serious, runner now ???
After the marathon, moving into the 50K training, I knew I seriously needed shoes again. Being 6’0 and not small, I probably beat shoes up faster than someone smaller.
If you run, you know though when it’s time, don’t you?
This time, my mission was simply to get my hands on the GT 2000s. I wasn’t sure if the 2000 3’s were out being new, but figured I’d be ok with the 2’s. I got to the shoe store and after a swift assessment saw no 2000’s at all. I was rather crushed but they had a vast amount of other Asics so I figured I’d find a comfy pair between one of those.
After several pairs tried on, I’m back digging around on the shoe display, when, seriously, what to my wondering eyes should appear?
A single pair of Asics 2000 3’s…. in my size…. and in cool colors. I rubbed my eyes concerned it was a mirage. Nope, the box felt very real in my hands.
I eagerly pulled them out and slipped them on.
**Deep sigh**…. I was home.
I looked again through boxes and never saw another pair. I kid you not, it was all I could do not to squeal like a girl on a roller coaster.
Literally, the next day, I did 10 miles in them, and they felt like I had already been running in them. I think as a runner, that is THE most important thing. I don’t want to have to think about my feet.
Ah, but then, at the end of their running life cycle, what to do with them ? I have several pair that went to yard work before I finally threw them away. Some are still good for a few short miles. But as you can tell, I have many pair still taking up space in my closet.
Is it weird to not want to part with them?
Do I need… therapy? 😉
Ok…. share with me…. are you married to a brand ? What happens to your shoes after they’ve served their running time?