The Thoughts of a Frumpy Professor

............................................ ............................................ A blog devoted to the ramblings of a small town, middle aged college professor as he experiences life and all its strange variances.

Wednesday, March 04, 2020

320


I just checked back in my log, and I found that I have ran 320 miles (~515km) so far in 2020.  I figured I should be close to that, as I ran roughly 1,800 miles (~2,900 km) in 2019. That means I have somewhere between 1,000 & 1,100 miles on my running shoes from when I purchased the damn expensive things last Summer.

"Experts" suggest that you should buy new running shoes every 500 miles or so... but, damn-it-to-hell, paying $120+ for a pair of running shoes sticks in my craw.   They are BY FAR the most expensive shoes that I own.  And, I treat them like royalty.  I never wear them EXCEPT when running, and if it is especially wet or rainy, I have my old pair (with ~1,800 miles on them) to wear in inclement weather of that sort. 

I started my running efforts using a "normal" pair of running shoes that I just bought from a department store.... but I think it was four Summers ago, my wife convinced (demanded?) that I go to a running store for a professional fitting and advice about what I should wear.  It was enormously difficult for me to wrench open my wallet when they told me the price of those first foot-beasts.   But my wife is correct in that at my age, I need to be careful and protective.

Not really sure why I free-formed into a discussion about the price of shoes.   I really meant to just focus on hitting 320 already and we are barely into March.

PipeTobacco

6 Comments:

Blogger Anvilcloud said...

Your feet are worth it. And they help the rest of your body too.

Wednesday, 04 March, 2020  
Blogger Pat McDowell said...

Now that you're not buying pipes, maybe you can afford nicer running shoes more often? Or maybe even sell a few pipes to help fund a new pair of nice running shoes?

Wednesday, 04 March, 2020  
Blogger PipeTobacco said...

I do not feel I could ever sell a pipe, truth-be-told. It would be like selling a pet, or selling a family heirloom. It is just not in my heart to do that.

PipeTobacco

Wednesday, 04 March, 2020  
Blogger PipeTobacco said...

Also, honestly, I could “afford” to buy shoes more often.... but at that price, it just seems too extravagant.

PipeTobacco

Wednesday, 04 March, 2020  
Blogger Pat McDowell said...

I do not feel I could ever sell a pipe, truth-be-told. It would be like selling a pet, or selling a family heirloom. It is just not in my heart to do that.

It's of course a very personal matter up to you, but isn't that a little bit like breeding championship purebred racehorses and then refusing to let them leave their tiny little stables? If part of the beauty of a pipe is its function, how can you keep a "stable" of pipes and leave them unused? It's like collecting fine art and storing it in an unlit closet. But if it's what works for you, who am I to complain? Your running is impressive, and might be even more so with the right shoe .

Wednesday, 04 March, 2020  
Blogger peppylady (Dora) said...

I hope your consider your wife wisdom.

Wednesday, 04 March, 2020  

Post a Comment

Subscribe to Post Comments [Atom]

<< Home