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Hierarchy of Runners

It seems that the more active I get, the more pairs of shoes I accumulate. And useful ones…not just pretty ones (which I also collect, but are not nearly as practical). My car is really just a really big shiny gym bag, gym shoes, running shoes, rock climbing shoes, hiking boots, biking shoes, riding boots, you get the idea. Now, running shoes need to be replaced with great frequency for reasons we are all aware of. My issue is that they always feel like I could still make more use out of them when they get to the point that I can’t run in them anymore, and throwing them out just seems so wasteful. So a few years ago I developed a running shoe hierarchy! So when I get them, they’re new and fancy and shiny and they are either running shoes or gym shoes (gym shoes are REALLY spoiled, they don’t even touch the ground outside for the first half of their lives), then, when the support starts to go, they become everyday runners and trail/mountain runners, and begin to get ragged. And then, once they really start to go, they become barn runners! Wearing runners to the barn pretty much ensures that they are totally destroyed. This is just something I do that makes me feel like I’m getting the most out of my shoes, it’s entirely not based on any kind of professional or medical advice. However it certainly saves me money!! These are my newest gym runners, and gosh do I ever love them. I’m something of a Nike junkie. All my current shoes are Nike and I’m totally in love with each and every one of them.



Ok, I’m just going to throw this out there…I’m SO ready for a zompocalypse it’s not even funny. I actually spend a fair chunk of time planning exit strategies and looking for weapons and just generally being prepared for the inevitable zombie takeover. When it happens, just follow my lead, I got this!! And while we were running the other day, Matt and I decided that we should start a running group where half the people dress like zombies and chase the other half, because what better motivation is there to run!? Anyhow, I swear I’m going somewhere with this. Apparently I’m not the only one with zombies on the brain because check out this run!! Run for your lives is a 5km obstacle course complete with ZOMBIES THAT CHASE YOU!!!!! They have them all over Canada and the US, however there is one in Washington on august 4th that JUST SO HAPPENS to fit right into my race schedule. It’s fate!! Go check out this race, their website is pretty rad….even better, you can actually sign up to BE THE ZOMBIES!!! Which, lets face it, I’m probably going to do.

Happy training!!

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