Last time I bought running shoes, the sales guy suggested that I think about buying lighter-weight shoes to wear for my shorter runs, to save some wear on my primary pair.
I didn't feel like he was just trying to upsell me, but I also at the time didn't feel like buying two pairs of expensive shoes.
The thought stayed in the back of my mind, though, and resurfaced every time I thought about replacing my one pair.
And then news of Fitness Sports' super-sale arrived in the mailbox: at least 15 percent off shoes, up to 30 percent for some.
Time to take the plunge!
The pink ones are the Brooks Ghost 7 (if it ain't broke, don't fix it), for heavy-duty running.
The blue ones are a lighter-weight New Balance model, probably something from last year because they were 30 percent off.
Back when the sales guy mentioned having a second pair of shoes, my reluctance wasn't simply financial — it was also a bit of self-deprecation. I'm not that serious of a runner, I told myself.
I still, mostly, don't take myself too seriously as a runner. I'm solidly middle of the pack, purely an amateur and latecomer.
But I do put enough miles on one pair that having a short-distance model is worth a try ... especially because I tend to replace running shoes based on how much time has elapsed or how many seams are splitting.
If I spread the mileage out, maybe those measuring sticks will be a little more accurate.