Thursday, November 19, 2009
These Old Shoes & Doubles
I said goodbye to an old friend.
Actually two old friends.
I didn't think it would affect me. I didn't think I would be a tad bit sad. But I am.
It was last week, I visited runnerswarehouse.com and was uber excited when I clicked 'Confirm" and purchased my new sneaks (Mizuno Inspire 5). I didn't think at all of my old pair-- that is until the new one arrived.
My old sneaks, also Mizunos, were well past expiration. I held onto them longer than I should have-- not for emotional reasons- but because I am cheap. I NOW suspect though that I might have been subliminally holding onto them for sentimental reasons.
This the is the pair I picked up in the infancy of my new running addiction.
They got me through some tough times.
They were there when it pained me to run 5 miles.
They were there when I ran my first sub 30:00 5k, then my sub 25:00 5k, sub 23:00-- so on and so forth.
They were there when I ran through snow, sleet, and rain.
They were there when I ran my first half..... etc., etc, etc,
Yes, they're just shoes, but they and I have been through a lot. Shared a lot...
SO... Here's to my shoes! I shall never forget you and cherish the memories. Thanks for being there!
Am I a lunatic??? Or Has anyone else had trouble parting ways with their sneakers?
I remember back in High school when I played football. In the month of August we would pull "doubles" (some call them "Two a days"). I dreaded these terribly. We were up at 6am, running drills, hitting pads for three hours. Then back on the field to do it all over again in the hot afternoon sun. It was brutal. I hated August in high school.
Ironically I am performing "Doubles" again but this time I actually kind of like it. I am tired, hungry all the time-- even a bit cranky at times-- but I really like it.
I get up at 6AM-- run, hit gym for ab work.... I then break from work around 3PM and embark on round two.
I will put in more than 44 miles this week because of it and I feel stronger, faster than ever before.
As my old shoes could tell you-- keeping a 7:13 pace on a 4 miler was inconceivable months ago-- today, it's much easier!