Tuesday, March 10, 2009
How much would you pay to be a runner?
One of my goals this year is to become a runner. The first part of meeting that goal is to run a 5k. I've been jogging on the treadmill and taking jogs around my neighborhood, but one thing that keeps getting in my way is the foot pain. Every time I go for a run my feet end up hurting, so I have to take a week off.
I knew the problem was in the shoes. I decided I needed new running shoes, so I bought some at a store known for the cheap deals. I (literally) grabbed the cheapest pair I could find and ran out because the store was closing. At $25 I got quite the steal, right? Wrong! I definitely believe you get what you pay for. Those things are not good for my feet.
Today I went into a running store downtown. I knew I could find an awesome, perfect pair, but it would require paying a little bit more money. Eric waited in the car with a sleeping Samuel and I took Silas in with me. Judah was with my inlaws.
First they measured the length and width of my feet. Then, they watched me walk barefoot and measured my feet again with all my weight on them. I tried on three pairs and they had me jog in them to see how they fit. The lady helping me told me I have wide feet and high arches. Because of the arches my feet were turning to the outside as I ran, which was causing the pain. They fitted me with the perfect pair of running shoes, specialized arches to help support them and keep them in the proper position, and special socks that prevent blisters and whisk away wetness.
I did notice one thing when I walked in, there were no price tags on the shoes. Weird.
So, I told them I'd go ahead and buy them. I was ready to start running hardcore with the perfect shoes. I went up to the register, they rang me up and I was expecting to pay around $100.
"That will be $195.98."
"Ummm, I have to go check with my husband....I'll be right back..."
Maybe this is the reason I never became a runner. It's too dang expensive.
When I got back in the car Eric said he didn't think I should buy them. I didn't want to not buy them, though, because they helped me out so much. I would feel bad for saying no. But, if I just left without saying anything I would be too embarrassed to ever go back into that store. And, what if I saw them at a 5k I was running? Embarrassing!
I decided to drive away. To drive away from ever setting foot in Runner's World* again. And, hopefully, I'll be able to find a cheaper, just as amazing pair of running shoes.
*Name has been changed