Today is a very sad day for me. After doing tons of research trying to figure out what went wrong and why I injured myself, I realized the likely culprit was my running shoes. I have spent countless hours trying to figure out how exactly I hurt myself on Sunday during my run. My conclusion was simple. Without intentionally doing, my stride was compensating for the blister that was still healing on my left foot. Being the klutz that I am, I also tripped and believe that I landed wrong on my left foot trying to recover and fall flat on my face. With that being said and with the research laid out before me, I determined that it was time to trade in my running shoes. Don’t worry I am still going to run! Just not in my old running shoes.
The story of my first pair of running shoes
For Christmas 2009, I decided that I wanted a new iPod and I wanted the iPod nano to be precise. Why did I want this particular style? The 5th generation iPod nano came with a pedometer and was Nike+ compatible. That holiday season I decided that I wanted to start exercising, more specifically running. I have no idea why I wanted to start running but I did. With this in mind, the only thing I asked for was an iPod nano. Since that was the only thing I asked, that is exactly what I got from my parents. My sister gave me a gift card for Nike because she knew what my ultimate intention was. The day after Christmas my boyfriend and I went to the Apple store and I equipped myself with the necessities. I purchased the Nike+ starter kit, an armband to hold my iPod and some new headphones that were supposed to be waterproof and sweat proof.
Once I had the necessary gear to start my running career, I needed to get a new pair of running shoes. At that moment, I had a pair of really old Adias shoes that had been worn many, many times for anything and everything but running, including cutting the grass. I figured these would suffice while I determined what I wanted in a pair of running shoes. I went to the Nike website and started working on my new shoes. I took the little quiz that they had online to figure out which model I should get. Then I made sure that it came in the NikeID series because I really wanted a one of a kind shoe. So with that my very first pair of running shoes was born.
I absolutely loved them when they came in the mail about 8 weeks later. They were exactly the way I designed them. They were perfect. My 2010 New Year’s Resolution was to start running and lose weight. So I started running. I didn’t really have a focus. All I did was sign up for the Nike+ website and start the Walk to Run coaching program. At the time, I was struggling with my self image but hadn’t quite hit rock bottom with my weight yet. I was really self conscious and would only workout if my boyfriend went with me and only on the treadmill. Then work got in the way. I spent a week out of town and big project after big project landed on my desk. I dove into my work head first and my beautiful new running shoes sat neglected in the corner of my closet.
Finally, work slowed down but I still neglected my running shoes until February 1, 2011. That is the day that I laced up my running shoes and started training for my first race. Since that day, my shoes have only been used for running. They have spent many hours on the treadmill and many miles on the pavement. They have crossed the finish line of three 5K races. They have dropped a minute each race. They have been soaked from a sudden torrential downpour/thunderstorm. They have caught me from falling flat on my face after tripping. Today, I am retiring my first pair of running shoes. They have helped me achieve so many goals and will always hold a special place in my heart. With them, I have run over 400 miles this year and almost 450 miles total. They have helped me deal with many a problem that could only be worked out while running. Today is bittersweet as I am saying farewell to my first pair of running shoes and saying hello to a beautiful new pair (not custom but new) of running shoes.