...as I attempted to sound all professional-like while explaining important termz like pronation and heel-to-toe drop. Eventually, I summed up my pointless utterances by telling her to go to our local Running Fit store for a proper fitting by someone who knows more about shoes than what they gleaned reading the bi-annual Runner's World shoe review guides.
The situation was funny to me as I realized that I've gotten rather particular about running shoes through the years.
Back in 2003, when A&F miniskirts and Nextels were still cool, I bought my first pair of "running" shoes - a generic Nike cross-trainer found on the Dick's Sporting Goods clearance rack for $35. I don't recall even trying them on.
I ran a handful of hungover miles and a few 5k's in them before they were retired to a life of mowing lawns and painting things. Despite their short life, they never did me wrong. No blisters, no black toenails, no odd foot pains.
And I never even tried them on!
So when, then, did I become all uptight about my footwear? When I started running more miles five years later? When I started reading those bi-annual Runner's World shoe guides?
It reminds of this post I wrote a while back about what makes a runner . When that anal-about-running-shoes bug bit my ass sometime between 2003 and 2008, I think I became hooked on finding every little thing that might make me a better runner, and shoes were Number One on my list. Maybe the shoes are responsible for improved PR's, but maybe not.
Perhaps it's more that I've just figured how to run for myself.
In any case, I can't very well give up now, ankle-deep in a 3-shoe rotation, but maybe one day, when marathon training is a thing of my past (like A&F jean skirts and Nextels), I'll buy a pair of running shoes for the hell of it. We'll log guilt-free, not-gunning-for-a-PR miles and relive the days when a run just meant something fun to do.
How do you shop for running shoes?