I have been wearing my current pair of trail running sneakers for runs on the beach, for short walks, or just while out and about. In the last two days the sneakers have been saying “Quack”. My kids and I had a good laugh as I sounded like a duck while I walked around the base Exchange and Commissary. These sneakers sounded like they are talking!
I remember the pair of running sneakers I wore when I began training for my first marathon— a pair of black, blue and gray Brooks Adrenaline shoes that were a half size too small. I bought them at the City Sports Basement store at Boston Downtown Crossing in 2010. I learned the hard way that one should always size up running sneakers when running long distances— I had black toenails after my first long team training run. Before the next long run, I made my way to a running store and bought some new kicks! These Brooks would have said, “keep me”. And that is what I did! I kept these sneakers for walking and hiking.
I remember the sneakers I wore after the Chicago Marathon in 2010. It was a HOT day, and I never had a pair of shoes smell so terrible after a race! I was getting on an airplane the next morning and there was no way I could salvage the sneakers without contaminating my luggage, so into a recycling bin went my white, silver and blue Saucony Guide 3’s. These Saucony’s would have said, “Just grab a bottle of Febreeze to cover the stench”.
I remember the sneakers I wore during my first marathon after my first born. Another unexpectedly HOT race day for Boston in April. I held onto those silver and pink Saucony Guide 3’s for a while— the pair signified my return to running/fitness after my first child and served as a reminder that I can persevere when things get tough. Those sneakers would have said something inspirational along the lines of, “if you believe, you can achieve.”
I remember the sneakers I wore for the 2019 National Women’s Half Marathon in DC. I just recycled the pair of pink, orange and gray Altra Torins during my last PCS. The sneakers reminded me of a fun, memorable rainy-day race with my Stroller Warrior friends where a group of us wrapped plastic shopping bags around our sneakers to keep our feet dry before the race began. These Torins probably said, “thank you.”
I know my next pair of running sneakers will come along with me for several incredible journeys and will be well-loved. Cheers to logging miles!