To your running shoes, that is. Did you fall in love at first sight and just stay in that relationship, or do you like to play the field?
I may have been married for a long time, but when it comes to running shoes, I do like to play the field. I’m not sure that I’ve ever found “the one”. I’ve found ones that I use for a while, then go on to the next great shoe, and yet somehow, I find myself coming back.
My favorite shoe brands (so far):
- New Balance
That list could change, of course; there are brands I’d still like to try and haven’t. I really liked the Saucony Peregrines I tried on; but I didn’t like the price.
Part of it is that curse of mine: I love trying stuff. Almost any kind of stuff. And that includes running shoes.
Is it the shoes?
Part of it is that it seems there’s always some mystery ache — will a different shoe fix it?
I remember reading a post from Lauren Fleshman in Runner’s World, back when she had a regular column, talking about not changing things when you have a routine that works (not that she took her own advice).
Of course, these days it’s hard to be monogamous. Because shoe companies like to tinker and “improve” their shoes, too. Sometimes it’s really an improvement; sometimes it just pisses loyal wearers off.
Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.
— Stephen Hawking
Look at the stars
It’s like my upcoming trail half: if you don’t try, how will you ever know? Some of us have been running forever; many of us only discovered running as adults. It was scary to start running, wasn’t it? I know it was for me!
But at some point in my life, I just became curious about what running would feel like. If I could actually run a mile. Of course, I don’t suggest you look up at the stars if you’re running trails!
Running has given me so much; I definitely can’t imagine my life without running now. It’s okay to be monogamous if the shoes are right for you — but if they aren’t, it might be time to step outside your comfort zone — literally and figuratively.
Are you monogamous?
Are you still curious about things?