My first running shoe relationship began when I first started running in 2007. I went to a "real" running store and bought my first "real" pair of running shoes. They were Nike Air Structure Triax 10's in red, white, and black, and I fell instantly in love. Not only did the name sound cool, but they had a little pocket for a Nike+ pedometer built into the sole - these babies looked fast, and they liked techie gadgets - what more could a guy want! I grew into a "real" runner in those shoes, and eventually bought a second pair after I wore through the heel on the first. Then, about six months after starting running, my feelings began to change. Those little instep and toe blisters that I used to ignore began to annoy me, and the little pedometer had been lying to me for quite awhile about my speed and distance - how dare it short me 0.012 miles!!!
So, I hope you enjoyed this little jaunt through my series of running shoe relationships. You may think I'm crazy (at least a little), but ask yourself this: How did you feel the last time a package arrived at your doorstep with a new pair of running shoes in it? Butterflies, heart racing a bit, couldn't wait to take them out on the town? You know it's true. How did you feel the last time you arrived home expecting said package only to find that it hadn't arrived yet? A bit sad, possibly like you'd been stood up? C'mon, admit it, we runners are strange creatures when it comes to our shoes, but I guess that's part of the fun when it comes to this great sport of ours. Hope you enjoyed this post - now hit the road and give your shoes some love!
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