I drove back to Draper once more, was not nearly as impressed with the staff as I was the first time (different people), and exchanged my running shoes. Take a look at what $140 + plus tax can get you, aren’t they pretty? They’re pink! I like pink, especially with a little bit of “hippy flair” printed on the sides. I like it. The brand is Asics. They are a woman’s gel running shoe size 8 (I am usually a size 7 or 7 ½, but it is suggested that going up a half a size to a full size more is best. This will allow your toes not to bang against the shoe causing “black toe.” This is a fun condition in which you get blisters under the toenail that eventually leads to the toenail falling off all together. Bloody fantastic, huh?)
My shoes have a name--Rose Lightning. What’s not to like about that? Rose Lightning—Sweet!
I took them out for a test run and put 2.44 miles of walking/running on them already. They will do. I mean, at this point almost any shoe will do, unfortunately. There are no magic shoes to make me run faster, run farther, run better, so really to me Rose Lightning is just like any other shoe except with a really cool name and a pretty stiff price.
They are pretty, so maybe having a pretty shoe that costs a lot helps in the “mental” running process. Mentally I look good, so therefore I will mentally be able to achieve greatness.
I guess in the whole scheme of things, when I pass out on the side of the road from lack of air and calf muscle cramping, people will look at my feet and think, “Wow! What amazing shoes!”
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