I’ve started running again. At times in the past I ran regularly but, for a variety of reasons, I have not been running much since early Spring. I have never been a serious runner but I enjoy it. I’ve done quite a few 5K runs, a handful of 10K’s and two 10 mile events. Having a timed event on the horizon gives me a short term goal.
In timed events I am not competitive with the other runners. By that I don’t mean I finish behind them. I usually finish about the middle of the pack. I mean I don’t pay any attention to where I am in relation to them. Competitiveness for me, at least in this context, is; ‘did I finish the distance (without stopping to walk)’ and; ‘is my time better than the last time I ran this distance’?
Since moving to Phoenix I have run in the Phoenix 10K every October. I am not sure I’ll be ready this year but I am hitting the treadmill daily (3 miles this morning) to prepare. Soon it will be cool enough to start running outdoors. We’ll see how it goes.
Toward that end, I finally broke down and bought some new shoes. I dislike shopping for running shoes but the current pair was past their useful life. There is a great store in Phoenix called The Runner’s Den. They are very knowledgable and, even though they are all serious runners, they don’t make me feel like a ‘wannabe’. Best of all, they let me go outside and run around the parking lot when trying on shoes so I know they fit properly.
Nothing if not a creature of habit, I did the same thing I have done the last 3 times I bought shoes. I went into the store and pointed at my shoes and said; “I want a new pair of these”. The brand is Saucony. The shoe is Progrid Guide. I am not particularly brand-loyal but I have been happy with this shoe so why change?
Saucony makes a full line of running shoes but they do not offer Progrid Guides in alternative colors. Every time they improve the shoe; usually making it lighter, the trim color changes. There are no choices. Sometimes I like it, sometimes not but the alternative is to find a different shoe. See previous paragraph.