photo block

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

craving


There's these new shoes that I want! Want, want, want! I've never even tried them on - I saw them on ZombieRunner and I've been craving them ever since. For probably a few months now. But I don't have enough miles on my old shoes to justify getting new ones. So I try to make deals with myself. You can order those new shoes as soon as your old shoes get to a certain mileage. Not necessarily your end miles because you'll want some time to break in the new ones. Not that running shoes require a lot of break in time. However these new shoes are slightly flatter - allowing more heel drop than a standard running shoe so it is probably a good idea to start them in on slow, short runs. 

I've tried low heeled shoes before and I like them a lot. I didn't do the slow break in because they felt so good. I think I went out on a 17 mile run within like a week of running in them. And it totally [ja]cked up my ankles. But that was years ago. And these shoes are so cool! 

My old shoes are dirty and ripping apart. But I really want them to join the 1000-mile Club. They've got about 125 miles to go. I think they're going to make it. But this craving! What is this? Why must I buy these shoes?!

Why must we all buy this stuff? Just because it's new or shiny or a different color scheme or On Sale! 

And so I try to convince myself: Well, I Really need new socks, too. And if I order new socks from the same place then I can get free shipping and since I'm eventually going to get those shoes I might as well just get them all at once. Heck, throw in some shorts and a hat and some electrolyte tablets while you're at it… Now can I get them? Is that a good enough argument? 

But it's the same thing with bike parts, too. I mean, I really should get new tires - if only for safety's sake. And fresh handlebar tape always looks and feel great, too! 

And sunglasses! Mine are scratched!

... 

Patience, grasshopper… Proceed as the way opens… Your shoes are fine. Your tires are fine. You are fine. This is not a race.

6 comments:

Kristina said...

Oh, new gear, how do I want thee? I think that I often equate new gear to speed or better fitness, which is obviously a flawed logic. The cool factor is another reason for new gear though!

mindful mule said...

Sometimes I do run or ride more or faster for a short while because of the excitement of new gear. So it's a slight boost but usually wears off after about a week or two.

Anonymous said...

I've always admired your determination to wear out your gear before turning it in for the upgrade. I gotta say though, 850 miles on a pair of shoes -- that's incredible. My ankles, knees, bones, joints would never tolorate that from me!

mindful mule said...

Thanks, Anon. 109 miles to go and I'll have three pairs in the 1000 Mile Club - I'll post a group photo! I can't recommend it for everyone. And I used to retire shoes much sooner. But as the years went by and the foundation grew it became less necessary. You'll see it, too - let me know how many miles you're putting on your shoes when you've been running for 5 years, 10 years, 15…

Julia Bryson said...

It's true that only when I contemplate the alternative ie that my old is adequate can I mitigate the need for the new. I admit to indulging in the buying and then waiting to use to figure out whether I truly needed and most times then I can return and not feel victim to immediate rewards and consumerism:) I guess I should contemplate applying that degree of patience and delayed gratificatiion in other areas of my life too.

mindful mule said...

Thanks, Julia. I like the word Adequate for this scenario. Good to ask ourselves: is what I already have adequate. If yes, do not click "proceed to checkout"...