Friday, January 12, 2007

Running Shoe Anonymous

Hi, my name is Nick and as this picture displays, I may have a problem. When it comes to shoes, everyday shoes, I own four pairs; one pair of winter boots, one pair of casual/dress shoes, one pair of every day runners (I don't actually run in these) and one pair of work boots. The work boots are issued to me and are only ever worn to and from work, so those don't really count.

I do, however, own a lot of running shoes. Some people would say that I have too many pairs. I probably have two many pairs (yes, very clever, I know...). But I can defend almost all of their existences. As you can see I have six, count 'em S I X pairs of running shoes and most of them are used frequently and only for running. Most of them...

What is perhaps the most disturbing part of my problem is that I know when I got them, how many races they've been used in, what the longest distance is that I ran in each pair and how many total miles/kms are on each pair. Oh, and I can tell you any of that off the top of my head.

Here's a partial index for you:

Pair #1: Asics Gel 1090: Apr 05 - 500km total (retired - now used only to cut the grass)

Pair #2: Asics Cumulus: Jan 06 - 465km total (retired - about to be disposed of)

Pair #3: Saucony Grid Pheonix: Jan 06 - 376km total (racing shoe for 06 - still active)

Pair #4: Adidas Tundra: Apr 06 - Used only for walking (still active)

Pair #5: Saucony Azura LC: Jan 07 - 3.2km (racing shoe for 07)

Pair #6: Adidas adiStar: Jan 07 - 5km (trainer for 07)

I know I'm not the only runner who is a little too obsessive about their shoes, I expect to hear some support from of you!


Stef said...

You so should've been an accountant.

Darcy's Mama said...

I would definitely be one of the people who says you have too many pairs of running shoes.

Whatever happened to the "when you buy a new pair of shoes an old pair needs to be thrown out" rule that you're so quick to enforce with me?

Two of those pairs were just purchased last week. Which ones are going out?

Jake said...

I totally understand where you are coming from.

I have six pairs of shoes also. Three are retired, and the three active shoes are the same brand and make. Two of them are identical!

Of the three, three of them have run marathons and I'm not sure I'll ever be able to part with those.

Why said...

I think you need some more colour in your shoe wardrobe, Nick. How 'bout some red or toxic green for a bit of variety?

SD said...

Don't worry; I have 13 PAIRS of shoes! They are all used and are very handy to have to wear for different occasions and such. Having six extra pairs isn't bad at all. I think that as long as you are thankful for what you have, don't let it all consume you, and don't let it get in the way of helping others, you should go ahead and enjoy all of the things you like the most that you can. So, as a hint: Nike makes the best shoes for running BY FAR. Shox are comfortable, but Air Max 360s are the BEST SHOES EVER!!! You should really try some! Pumas are good for casual wear, too. Anyway, just don't be too concerned about the amount you have, but be thankful for it. And don't forget, next time try some Nikes in some fresh new colors!!!!!!!