I busted out a (somewhat) new pair of shoes. I say somewhat, because I actually bought them over a month ago after the Brooksie Way Half Marathon. I was lazy though and didn’t order a new pair of speed laces until last week. They arrived today – in a stylish red to match the shoes (my wife will be so proud of me).
It is always amazing how much different a new pair of shoes feels. They feel so puffy and comfortable. The retired pair of shoes doesn’t look that bad in the picture, but they have over 500 miles on them and are starting to develop holes in the mesh and the soles have seen better days. I still have an older pair of shoes that I will continue to rotate with the new pair. I try to buy a new pair of shoes every 250 miles and wear each pair for 500 miles so that I always have two pairs going. I wish I had kept a better count of my shoes since I started running, but I believe that this is at least my 12th pair of Brooks DYADs over the years and countless Asics Gel 2100 series before that.
As for my run itself, it went great. I am experimenting running without my iPod. I usually rely on it to busy my mind while I run (mainly NPR Podcasts like Car Talk, Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me, and This American Life), but realize that it is a crutch and I should learn to run without it. It was actually quite liberating. Granted I only did about 6 miles, so I didn’t have that much time to truly get bored. I’m sure I’ll pick it back up every now and then, but I’m going to try and run without it as much as possible.