Throwback Thursday – My First Pair of Shoes and A New Age Group

Every week I post a #throwbackthursday story here on the blog, where I time travel just a little bit and talk about something that happened to me back in the day. It could be something from earlier in the year, or something from my early years. You can see all my#throwbackthursday posts by clicking on that hash tag.

I consider my first year of running to be 2008 even though I started and stopped and started and stopped quite a few times that year. I ran my first 5K that year so I think that makes it official.

I can tell you that even now, over 6 years later, I am still learning about running. So in 2008 I was learning a helluva lot of stuff about running. And it was late 2008 that I learned about running stores.

My first pair of “running” shoes was some knockoff brand from a discount store. They didn’t last long so I decided to go with a brand I heard of before. So my second pair of running shoes was a pair of New Balance. This time I went into a big box store…straight past the women’s clothing section…around the small kitchen appliances…left at the bath towels…until I reached the shoe department.

I picked a pair that looked okay, they seemed to fit nice, and they were less than fifty bucks. They seemed to work well for a few months until I discovered the tremendous benefits of the independent running store.

It was my birthday. Exactly 6 years ago today. That’s right, my birthday is New Year’s Day and on the first day of 2009 I turned 30 years old. My brother took me to the Moorestown Running Company in Southern NJ where I got fitted for my first real pair of running shoes. I never realized how much I didn’t know about running shoes, and after some examination and trials I realized that the shoes I had used in the past were completely wrong for me. I went with Brooks Axiom, and my feet felt so much better on the run.

I remember joking at the running store that I am not getting older just changing age groups. It was even funnier because there was no way I was competing for anything in my age group. I am still too slow to compete in my age group, but I have been getting a little faster.

So today is the first day of 2015. My 36th birthday. Not a new age group yet, but the best is yet to come.

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