Some relationships are meant to last, but the runner/shoe relationship is doomed from the start. No matter how wonderful the relationship starts, it ends with a tragic breakup. You should have known that true love can’t be found in the clearance section.
But like all torrid romances there are phases to the runner/shoe love affair.
Love at First Feel (that’s sounds dirty)
You take a deep breath and slip your feet into you new shoes. You have been burned before and you don’t want to pour your heart into another failed relationship. You release your breath and smile once you get your feet in. These shoes feel SOOOO good.
The Honeymoon Phase (that sounds dirty too)
If life were a Romcom, this would be the montage sequence when the runs are fun and everything seems good (if not, then you ditch this pair of shoes until you find the right partner “It’s not you it’s me” style). The first few runs in a new pair of shoes practically transform your running. The cushioning is better, the grip is good, and everything feels good. Maybe if you are lucky you have a race and set a PR. You start to think that this will last forever. Spoiler Alert: It won’t.
Same Ole, Same Ole (less dirty sounding)
At some point the cushioning isn’t in all the right places. It’s not like there is anything wrong with the shoe, it just…there. You go out and run, but everything is boring and bland. You would go cheat on these shoes, but you have heard of hackers going after RoadRunner Sports and you don’t want your shoe purchases being plastered all over the internet. Let’s be honest; no matter how discrete you are, 30 pairs of running shoes in a couple of years is a lot. So you keep going with the relationship even though there is no spark. You would tell yourself it for the kids, but that makes no sense so you just resign yourself to average, boring runs.
The Break-Up (no dirt required)
Sometimes the break-ups are nasty, like when your shoes throws a tread, and sometimes the shoes just start collecting dust and you have to clean out the closet. There is always a moment of pause when you get rid of a pair of running shoes. You remember the good times and wonder if there isn’t a run or two left in them. Then you know what you have to do and part ways with the shoes. Not all relationships are meant to last you sagely say and then realize you heard it on this blog and look around furtively to make sure no one noticed.
New Shoe Ordering
Then the cycle starts again. Hopefully before hackers share you dirty little secret.