I was in a discussion the other day with a runner who said that she still has every single pair of running shoes she's ever owned. This gal has been running for over 20 years, so of course I thought this was interesting. She must have a ton of shoes! She claimed that each pair hold a memory, a challenge, or a PR. I could understand that.
I then told her a story about my sister, who seemed to be just the opposite. My sister goes through shoes like nobody's business! To her they are just a tool and when she's done with them, she has no problem giving them away, donating to charity, or selling them at a yard sale. Last summer we had a yard sale at our parents' house and I was completely shocked to see that she was selling her shoes that she ran the Boston Marathon in. Of course I thought she would want to keep those, but nope.
I on the other hand still have all my running shoes. Not because I can't bear to part with them due to the many memories I've made but for other reasons. I've never worn out a pair of running shoes. Even during marathon training, I never ran excessive miles. Also, I've always had several pairs of shoes to wear during one training cycle so I was able to rotate them during my runs.
Currently in my rotation I have four pairs of Mizunos and I still have my favorite pair of Adidas that I had since I started running more seriously. When I first started going to PT, I showed these "old" shoes to my therapist and I was surprised to hear they had lots more miles left on them!
I also have four pair of Altras in my closet. I have talked about the Altras many times and how I've stopped wearing them because I feel they may have contributed to my ITBS. I will never deny that these are the most comfortable pair of shoes I've ever owned, but the zero drop just wasn't for me. However, I haven't gotten rid of them yet because I don't feel comfortable putting them in the wrong hands. I do not want to donate them to charity or drop them off at Good Will because I don't want someone else to end up with an injury like I did. I feel there is an education that needs to go along with these shoes. I then thought that maybe, just maybe, I could get some inserts or wedges and make theses zero drop shoes "non-zero drop" and use them again, or possibly just use them for walking, but of course there is always a risk with going back to them. What would you do with them? -M
We are linking up with the gals from TOTR where we are talking about running gear.