I never bought into the idea that you have to purchase expensive items in order to have the best or to be the best. I never believed that it mattered.
Not until I became a runner.
When I decided to embark on my journey in 2007, it started on a treadmill. I wore a pair of $30 shoes I purchased at some shoe outlet store. I can’t even remember the brand I wore, because I didn’t care. I just needed something on my feet, right?
My feet were so sore. I had blisters. The back of my ankles looked like dogs had nipped at them, they were so red and raw from the constant chafing from the backs of the shoes. I figured that was the way it was, and that runners just suck it up and endure the uncomfortable experience. The love of the sport.
in 2009, a friend of mine introduced me to a local running store here in Nebraska. She had participated in a handful of marathons and was up to date on all the latest and greatest. I went to the store not sure of much. I didn’t know what sort of running gait I had, or what shoe worked best for my foot. The salesman (or should I say sales boy, he looked to be in his late teens) watched me as I walked, even paid attention to me as I jogged on their indoor track. I could tell he was a running enthusiast as he told me about the countless races he’d been in, how he was in track, and while relaying these stories he pointed out the shoes that would work best for me with my over pronating feet.
They were all about $100. I wanted to crap my pants.
I had never spent that much on a pair of shoes in my entire life! I felt insane guilt as I handed over my credit card, but I’ll tell you what: Those shoes were like CLOUDS. You know the term, “breaking a shoe in?” When you have a good quality shoe, that term does not exist! I was out the door with my new Brooks on the very next morning, and there were no blisters. No pain on the backs of my ankles. I felt I could run another five miles for good measure!
Those shoes were my lifeline over the next year or so. I ran in 5K’s and my very first half marathon in them. The following year I purchased a new pair of Brooks, and I ran in my first full marathon.
Just yesterday, I purchased a new pair of Brooks Adrenaline, almost a year after my last shoe purchase. Some women buy many pairs of shoes. I only buy one pair a year. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I purchased a pair of shoes that were not for running.
Some people don’t get it. I was one of those people. How can I spend so much on one pair of shoes?
Because now I’m a believer.