Beer! Shoes! Meaningless data! OMG!

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.

In reality…

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….

20 responses to “Beer! Shoes! Meaningless data! OMG!

  1. Love it! Thanks for showing me I’m not the only one who has a messy disaster of shoes sometimes. And yes, have another beer.

    P.S. Hoping I may be the first one who sent you an email. 😀

  2. I am actually one of those “one pair of shoes” runners. Although this year I did spring for a pair of “winter shoes” that are a half size bigger than my normal ones to accommodate 4 pairs of socks and my Toasti Toes. I really want to try a racing type shoe one of these days…

  3. It’s weird. I work in a running store, and have a TON of shoes but I tend to run in the same pair everyday. When I’m doing a lot of training (which I’m not right now) there might be several pairs of the same shoe that I’m rotating through, though.

  4. I have three pair only (and they all have their purpose for what kind of running/workout I’m doing), but am getting ready to buy another new “go-to” running shoe. It’s time.

  5. aw, I like my system! I also like your strategy and the fact that you wear different kinds of shoes for different runs. Maybe I should branch out and try that… any excuse to buy yet another pair of running shoes..

  6. I have 2 pair that I rotate- Under Armours (kind of bulky but help with my shin splints) and Nike Free’s (which I LOVVVE.)
    I think I might be due for a new pair soon, but I have no idea where to go from here… I really like the “barefoot” feel of the Free’s but am just not sure I want to, or care to rock the Vibrams. Oh decisions…
    PS- how amazing is the Hunger Games trilogy? Many many late nights spent reading them…

  7. Are you currently reading Hunger Games? I’m going to start that next or Unbroken, but I haven’t decided yet. As for the beer, that’s a steal. I don’t love the Summerfest, but I wouldn’t turn one down – especially if it’s paired with Chinese take-out

  8. I wish my closet fit all my shoes. Instead it’s stuffed with other my shoes are lined up in my room floor. At least in theory they are nicely lined up. I probably have two many, but only three types. A regular shoe, a longer racing shoe and a shorter racing shoe.

    PS. Love the Hunger Games. I finished them so quickly then was so sad when they were done. Have you found anything else as awesome to read??

  9. when i moved i didn’t have the heart to toss my old shoes. even though i clearly wasn’t going to take them with me. in my mind they are still in my mom’s basement. sadly they have probs gone to shoe heaven. i guess i’ll just have to start a new collection here.

  10. I just bought a batch of the sierra nevada porter, also on sale, and it was surprisingly delcious! for $4.99 a 6pack, anyhow.

  11. Damn, you’re fancy. I am not nearly as sophisticated, nor am I as forgiving- if a pair of shoes cuts me, they are dead to me. Then again, I’m not using them nearly as hard as you. :) Damn, I need to find some beer that cheap. Stupid Illinois liquor taxes!

  12. I think that I need to get a PT job @ a running store. You have a little slice of shoe heaven right in your closet!

    I have one pair of shoes that I run in, but the rest of my “retired” shoes are still in my closet. I wear them around for whatever. My knees are so bitchy when I walk around in flip flops for to long so I usually wear old running shoes.


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