You can have all the gadgets in the world, the best running clothes but if you don't have a good pair of shoes, you probably aren't going to run very far which is probably why we are so attached to them.
I know, this is news to you right? (HA!) I can't tell you how many pictures I've seen of runners displaying their collections similar to mine (that's just what is in the closet. There's more in the garage).
When I look at that picture, I know there are 2 pair right off the bat that are "retired". I don't run in them anymore yet they still live on, taking up room in my closet. Every now and then I pull them out, think about taking them for a spin then put them back.
So if I'm not running in them, why am I not donating them or throwing them away?
This question was truly the topic I was thinking about. Why am I (and probably many of you) so attached to these shoes? I came up with some theories..
1. Cost. They were expensive and I feel like, although they are not good for running anymore, they are probably good for casual wear.
2. Beauty. I just like looking at shoes.
3. Memories. (This is what I'm going with). Every one of those pairs of shoes has logged hundreds of miles spanning months or years of my life. If those shoes had a recorder in them, they could tell you about all the memories we shared. One of those pair helped me get through my first relay race ever. One of those pairs helped me get through my first trail run ever. Multiple pairs helped me solve numerous life problems and ALL of those pairs witnessed our family moments.
Maybe a runner's shoes are like a man's recliner or old underwear. We just can't let them go. They have served us so well, we are loyal to them.
My questions are: do you have a collection like this? Why do you hold on to them? What should my next addition to the collection be?
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