This Runner's Trials

All you need is a good pair of running shoes?

Posted by runnerstrials

I’m pretty black and white on topics. I have strong opinions and I have no problem making them known.

But when it comes to this over-used running saying I’m pretty gray.

“Running is so wonderful because anyone can do it. All you need is a good pair of running shoes.

Hmmm… is that really all you need?

I’ll admit, I’ve used this saying trying to convince sedentary folks to start walking or running. Most people have athletic shoes so running is an accessible sport. You don’t need a pricey gym membership, equipment, or even skills.

Perhaps the saying holds some merit with beginners who have no desire to race or see how far or fast they run. Though I’d still argue the leisurely weekend runner needs a little more than some shoes. Like:

  • Safety tips. Run against traffic and yield to cars. They hurt when they hit you.
  • Expert advice. Don’t run every day. Use your arms. Hydrate.
  • Good support bra. If you’re blessed in that area.
  • Sunscreen. Skin cancer strikes year-round.

With the more experienced runner, this saying couldn’t be further from the truth. Because you need to replace that good $100 pair of shoes every 3 months. Then there’s Gu, Garmins, gatorade, and gear… oh my. And if you plan to race? Well there’s a reason my husband and I didn’t go on a real vacation this year. A two week Mediterranean cruise in place of race entry and travel fees would have been nice…

While we’re discussing over-used sayings, here’s my most hated one: “Nothing tastes as good as thin feels.”

BS. If you believe this, clearly you have tried enough foods. I promise Jen’s eggnog cheesecake bars, Diana’s cookie dough ball tower, or anything at my favorite restaurant in the world are worth it.

Yum. After all, a moment on the lips is not forever on the hips... if you have a good pair of running shoes ;)

What sayings do you loathe?

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