This one is for the worker bees. Those in the background who never see the spotlight. Never get the trophies, awards or medals. The ones who just show up when called and give their best.
Yes, in my case it is a pair of Asics 2170's. I know this seems silly, but these have been awesome shoes. So great that they get their own Blog entry. These were just a mileage eater. A pair to absorb miles between serious runs in more expensive equipment. The first run was on December 1, 2012. Seventy-seven runs later, they took me on 6.33 miles this past Saturday.
They took me 402 miles over these past two years. This is only significant because I retire shoes after about 300 miles. Not because they are worn out, but because I'm in the mood to get a new pair in the rotation.
It was difficult to pull them off the shelf for the last time. Even with a new pair New Balance 1260’s, $40 more expensive, have been patiently waiting for six months to get in the game. I'm sure these new shoes will be wonderful, but I hate to see a trusted friend go.
Experts recommend using two pairs of shoes. Alternating them between runs. I use 3 or 4 pairs at a time. No reason other than I think it is good to have a newer pair, another in their prime and one nearing retirement. The youngest ones are used on short runs for the first 50 miles or so. The pair nearing retirement usually shift away from races to recover runs while the ones in their prime get the glory on race day.
Sadly, these Asics never got that chance. I guess because they were cheap and when packing up for race day, I always opted for a "higher quality" shoes hoping it would make me faster. I’m fooling myself, I know.
Anyway, I was just out on my run and wanted to say a few words about the ordinary. If shoes had feelings, which these might if ever a pair did, they would be asking "what have I done to deserve this?"
Not a darn thing. I am truly sorry. Thanks for the miles.
Run in Peace, Rest in Grace