When I started jogging waaaaay back in 1979, there were very few running shoes to choose from. The comparison to today is laughable. Looking back at my first running log, I noted that I bought a pair of Brooks Vantage on May 17 of that year. I think they were selected as “Runner’s World’s” shoe of the year and probably cost about 30 bucks.
Fast forward to today . . . or, rather, yesterday. I paid about $100 for a fresh pair of New Balance 880s at the New Balance store in Houston (after vowing long ago to never drop a C note on running shoes; of course, I was never going to fork out three bucks for gas either).
In my 34 years of running, I’ve probably bought at least 100 pairs of sneaks, almost all Nike (the Pegasus has been my long-run shoe for years now) and New Balance. While they’ve changed in price and style every year, one thing has always stayed the same: The way I lace them up.
I always skip one hole around the midfoot when I prepare a new pair for the road. Why? Well, because I always have! It might have started with shoes that were a little too tight, and that’s how I fixed the problem. After that it became a long-held tradition. Like using cord locks so I don’t have to tie my shoelaces.
And keeping a log every year. Yes, I’m on my 34th one. They definitely can come in handy when I need to find out the name of my first running shoe and reminisce about all the pairs that have been fit to be tied!