So, there’s this closet right by the front door of my apartment. In the closet is one of those Target fabric bins. In the bin go running shoes. In theory.
They go on the floor. It’s the one thing that I’m truly messy about, and since my husband is truly messy about pretty much everything else, he makes a point of gleefully letting me know when my shoe mess approaches fire-hazard levels.
“What, did the closet finally vomit up all of your running shoes?” he asked the other day. “That’s what happens when you overfeed it.”
I muttered something about taking some of them in to the donation bin at work. A false promise, probably.
“You can’t possibly need all of those,” he always says.
Of course I don’t. But I do wear most of them! And while I don’t have a system, exactly, each pair does have a purpose…
1) The Workhorse
Brooks Ghost 4. These are my everyday running shoes: base runs, long runs, whatever. The Ghost 4 was just released this summer, and although this has been my go-to-shoe since the very first edition a few years ago, I have to say I’m not wild about the update. It’s…wider than the Ghost 3. And while I enjoy a roomy toebox, I kinda feel like I’m swimming around in this shoe. Like throwing a hot dog down a hallway. Or some other inappropriate analogy.
I don’t totally hate them, but I’m keeping my eyes open for something I might like better.
Dear Brooks: please put the Ghost on a diet when you do your next update. I liked it better when it was a little skinnier.
2) The Slasher
Mizuno Wave Precision 12. You might remember that these shoes sliced me up like a ripe tomato when I first wore them! Well, we’ve since reconciled, and I now use them as my number-two shoe, perfect for short to medium runs or cross-training workouts.
3) The Mudshoe
Brooks Adrenaline 11. Last year I experimented with a more supportive shoe to see if it would help with my perpetually tight calves. It didn’t, but I did really like running in these Adrenalines. This pair still has some miles left in ’em, so I bust ’em out when it’s pouring down rain or whatever and I don’t want to soak my Ghosts.
4) The Pseudo Flat
Brooks Green Silence. Oh my god, I love these shoes so hard. I wish I had the balls to take them out on a longer run. The most I’ve done in them is around seven miles. I mostly use them for tempo runs or other short, fast workouts. They don’t have much cushion, but I love the fit, and as someone who doesn’t mind feeling the ground a little when I run, I think they’re pretty fantastic.
Related: I can’t wait to try Brooks’s new PureProject line, to be released next month – supposedly they’ll be kinda similar to the Green Silence.
(And no, I’m not on the Brooks payroll…I just really like their shoes!)
5) The Bedroom Slippers
New Balance 890.
Everyone needs a good recovery shoe.
Okay, that’s just untrue. In fact, I realize that this whole post is sort of absurd because, really, if you’re a runner you only need one pair or running shoes, actually.
But is sure is nice to have a squishy, cushy pair of shoes waiting for me on recovery days, nice and fresh from waiting patiently in the closet (ahem, on the floor) all week. These 890s are perfect for that.
[Side note: do you wear a women’s 9.5 running shoe? Do you want an extra pair of brand-new, never-worn NB 890s that I happen to have? They’re a size 9, but this shoe apparently runs a half size big (hence the fact that they are too big for me). They’re neutral-cushioned lightweight trainers. Email me if you want ’em….eatdrinkrun-at-gmail-dot-com!]
[Edited: they’re claimed! But you can email me anyway if you want to. I’m always up for frivolous email chatter about running shoes or cats or chardonnay or whatever.]
Okay…I realize that was a whole lot of talk about running shoes. Are you still with me? If so, here’s a beer.
This Sierra Nevada Summerfest was on sale for $3.49 per six-pack at the local beer shop tonight. Whoa.
And it was perfect, because I was heading home from a long work day with a bag of Chinese takeout tucked under my arm and what goes better with Chinese takeout than cold light beer?
It’s not a particularly memorable beer and certainly not my favorite Sierra Nevada offering, but for the situation and price, it was absolutely perfect.
Bottom Line: Well if you see it being sold for pennies a bottle, then yes ma’am. Overall, though, it’s nothing worth seeking out. (Purchased at Peace Street Market, $3.49/six)
And finally, running stats from last week:
My legs are feeling that mileage increase a little this week, but overall, I’m pretty happy about hitting 50+ miles without any issues! Gotta keep it up so I can hit my utterly meaningless running goals!
This hodgepodge of a post has been brought to you by procrastination, an extra-busy week at work, the Hunger Games trilogy and the letter F.
Um, here, have another beer….