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Abra needs a new pair of shoes

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I made my goal for March – 42 miles/ 42 miles.

That’s 126 miles for the year so far.

126 / 500 miles for 2008

Two years ago I bought my first good pair of running shoes. By good, I mean I spent over $25 and did not wear them out after two months. In fact, two years later, I believe they’re still going strong -as long as one doesn’t look too close.

I bought them on sale for $59, grey and pink Adidas that roll forward with each step, support and swallow the road’s impact enough that I can focus on my breathing and not worry about shin splints or throbbing feet.

These shoes are my gym shoes, my running shoes, cycling shoes, March of Dime shoes, and all purpose I’m-going-to-do-something-active shoes. I’ve changed out the gel soles three times and recently added mole skin pads to the back heels because I’ve worn through the inside material and the rough patches were cutting my feet.

Now that visions of 5Ks are dancing in my head and I’m doing 3-4 miles 4-5 times a week, I wonder when and how I’ll first realize that it may possibly be time to consider a new pair of running shoes.

As I’ve mentioned, shopping is not my forte. It brings me no joy. There are way too many choices complicating what should be a simple ‘these are the ones’, grab ‘em & buy ‘em errand.

Alas, my Adidas cannot go on forever or even another year, as I’m beginning to feel the ground’s flat impact. Is it too much to ask for a pair of running shoes that feel like stepping into a soft cumulous cloud, yet spring me forth with stealth and fortitude?

Runner’s World has this guide of the years best shoes this spring – this will be my starting point.

Then I’ll go to Paragon Sports store near Union Square and try on every pair- Paramount has a handy treadmill in the shoe section so you can test drive top choices. Then I’ll go home and Google my shoe choice + discount (coupon code, etc) because I just learned that it’s cheaper to buy shoes online than in store.

Though they’ll likely remain in a box for several weeks, eventually I will lace up my new shoes and head to a great big park to break them in.

As for my magical grey pink Adidas, is it too tacky to use old shoes as planters? And which plant would be most appropriate?


Written by abragoes

March 28, 2008 at 4:29 pm

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  1. You must must must get fitted for the right shoes! They are the most important piece sof running equipment you can buy, and it’s more than worth it to spend the $$. Your knees will thank you!

    I run in Mizunos, which is what the folks at the Haddonfield Running Company put me in (and I trust their judement better than Runner’s World — sorry, Rodale), and I think I’ve gone through six pairs of them. I’m sure that the people at Paragon Sports will tell you this, but it’s worth repeating: you should replace your running shoes every 3-4 months. That’s not a sales pitch. It’s made a world of difference with my running (and you can get great running gear for cheap at TJMaxx and Marshalls to make up the $$ difference).

    I know it’s hard to part with $90-$100 bucks for shoes, especially if you’re frugal like me, but it’s more than worth it. Trust me! I’m going to be a marathoner 😉

    Paragon might have donation bins for your sneakers. The Haddonfield Running Company does. They’ll take the sneakers and recycle them into things like rubber tracks.

    Jen A. Miller

    March 28, 2008 at 9:48 pm

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