With five weeks and five days to go, it is time to solve a few other problems before the race. I have the oldest pair of running shoes in the country, I think. Most of the manufacturers and magazines and, really anyone I ask, says you should change your shoes every what? 500 km? Well, to be honest, I have no idea how many miles I’ve clocked with the shoes I wear. The ‘old pair’ is at least 8 years old, the ‘new pair’ is six years old.
I’ve been complaining about not having decent shoes for way too long (sorry, to anyone who had to listen). I got away with it, thankfully. No major injuries except last year when I pushed running long distances too quickly and ended up getting mid-foot problems from the fast, uncontrolled down hill running I was doing.
I went into the big smoke last week and the sales rep in the sports shop introduced me to a ‘new’ brand. I’m not sure about you, but I think when you’re a runner and you’ve found the shoe for yourself, you tend to stick to them. I find myself lucky because I have two brands (though the ‘new pair’ mentioned above, really doesn’t qualify in my books because of the problems I had last year, I can take that brand – or leave it). Anyway, this guy was either a good rep for this shoe that I started to consider it or genuine. The prices of running footwear in Ireland is insane! The mark-ups must be astronomical considering they are all made in China where labour is cheep.
When I got home I googled the new shoe and it got surprisingly good reviews. The price is certainly competitive (being less than half price than my all time favourite) and according to the rep it offers as much or better support than shoes of other brands 50% more expensive.
When I was ready to buy last Saturday I swung by the outlet shop just to make sure I wasn’t missing out on anything there. I got extraordinarily lucky when I found the shoe, the model and size I had settled for and now want for half the price. Hence, I bought it because it seemed the best shoe for the least amount of money. At the end of the day that was the determining factor for me.
Buyers remorse? A little bit, it is a compromise. They did have my all time favourite shoe in my size as well, but I just can’t afford that at the moment, even though it too was reduced by 50%. 50% of insane is still insane.
Turns out this is a good week for buying high tech running stuff at affordable prices. Our local supermarket was selling compression socks for a fraction of the price you can pay for them this morning.
So now I’m all set, I don’t need to buy anything else for Connemara, nothing super essential anyway.
These are such first world problems, I’m embarrassed. That’s why this is a password protected post. Thank you for reading my rambling.