When I was a kid, I would go through phases in which I had to make sure all of my stuffed animals were sitting up on my bed before school, not piled on the floor or in a heap somewhere. They needed to be able to breathe.
I have an overactive imagination.
So, the other night, I was thinking about my running shoes. (They sorta got bad rap when I first started running in them. Turns out, it was my anatomy that was the problem and a pair of custom orthotics did the trick in solving that.)
I heart my running shoes. My blue Saucony Hurricane 11s. But I recently got to wondering about their age. I’ve been running in them since February 2010. Granted, they had a little break from running from June to September.
Last week, as I rinsed the coffee off of the left toe (don’t ask), I thought, These are pretty grungy. I turned them over and examined the soles: These are pretty worn down. Then I thought, Maybe it’s time to break-in the new pretty pink pair in my closet.
And then I got a teeny bit sad. The blue ones are going to feel so dejected. So, so…replaced.
Do you feel bad switching shoes? Or am I just nuts?
Wait. Don’t answer that.
Boy, you'd really feel for my shoes who get assigned grass cutting duties once they've outlived their prime training days. That means being shoved on without socks, without being untied and of course, having grass stains all over them. Poor shoes. Since I upped my running I have about three pairs of grass cutting shoes though… I'm going to have to find an organization that recycles runners. I know they're out there, I just haven't had such a stockpile to deal with before.
I like switching shoes….BUT I do take the old pair and have them as short mid-week run shoes, that way they are eased into retirement :)Hugs!!
I can't believe your shoes lasted almost a year. My shoes seem to only last for 300 miles, even with my orthotics. So I don't keep my shoes long enough to get attached. I guess you can say I'm a shoe slut, where you are semi-monogamous. I do feel a little bad for the pile of shoes in my closet. I need to give them a new life.
I realized this weekend that my shoes are actually getting little holes worn into the mesh in the toe box where my big toe hits. 🙁 I actually petted the toes, saying 'I'm Sorry'.Now I REALLY have to go & hork up $100. 🙁
Chelsea- Try looking on Amazon or e-Bay if you already know the size/model shoes you need. I found mine for a lot less on Amazon.
Haaahahaha! I totally assign emotions to my inanimate objects too. Funny!
Bwahaha! Um, as I'm laughing I realize I have a closet full of old shoes – GASP!Winks & Smiles,Wifey
I feel the same!!! I get sad about relegating them to yard work status. I feel bad for putting them out after they've carried me on SO MANY runs, so many miles. It seems so fickle to just cast them out after they have been so faithful. Poor guys. It does make me feel better to run them thru the washer though & use them for casual walkers. But still…And my stuffed animals are still stacked on my dresser where they are greeted every morning.
lol!!! i don't feel bad for them… i just find some 'sentimental' reason to keep them (for the most part, there isn't really a good reason). my sister used to feel bad about leaving her toys when we would go on vacation…
I can only get 300 miles on Saucony shoes. The ones I like are cheap though, $70-$100 depending on the source and I usually get the previous model on clearance at Road Runner Sports.