There. I said it. That's supposed to be the first step toward recovery, isn't it? I bought a new pair of shoes the other day and when I went to find them a home in my closet I found I was out of options. My closet overfloweth. A lot of ladies out there can relate, right? Except in my case, instead of cute shoes in every color and heel height needed for every occasion like any normal red-blooded American woman, my closet is packed with old running shoes. I am the Imelda Marcos of dirty old, worn out trainers. Check it out.
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I'd like to say it's not my fault. The conventional wisdom is that runners need to replace their shoes every 300-500 miles or tempt injury. I've had shin splints and tendonitis. I don't like either of them. And, now that I've built my weekly mileage up to a solid 20 or so, that means at least two pairs of shoes a year. Saucony and Asics are chuckling all the way to the bank. But what do you do when your runners are retired from official duty? I typically use my second oldest pair for rainy days or other questionable running conditions. My third oldest pair gets further demoted to yard work and lawn-mowing. But what do you do with numbers 4, 5, 6...?
There are a couple of re-use options. Soles4Souls cleans up old sneaks and donates them to people in third-world countries. But, I think it is fair to say that some of my treads are a little far gone for that effort. Nike recycles old sneakers into other useful stuff like track surfaces, basketball court underlay, and tennis courts. They have a collection bin in most of their stores. But, alas, there are no Nike stores within a 50 mile radius of where I live and if you didn't notice from the photo, don't go shopping for Nike all that often.
The answer arrived this weekend in the form of our local high school's Earth Day recycling event. They were collecting the un-collectable -- old electronics, and yes, you guessed it, sneakers! Hooray! So, along with an embarassingly large collection of dead laptops and cell phones, I packed up some of my oldest kicks and said good-bye. Admittedly, I still kept four pairs, but I need them: my primary trainers, the aforementioned sloppy weather trainers and yard beasts, and last but not least, I had to hold on to my trail runners 'cause every once in awhile they are nice to have and I do have a mud run coming up... Baby steps, right?
Hey, we are almost there. Over $10,000 raised and just about 100 miles left between Mike and me to get to Denver.
Days 210-217, April 13-20
17 miles running, 62 miles riding
1335 miles completed, 65 left to go!!
And, at last check in Mike was down to 28 miles left to go.