This past 2 weeks have really been a whole lotta weird and strange. Seems also to be a LONG post.
Work has been alright. I am starting to actually feel pretty proficient about the job, and things look alright. I still really really miss the 3 day a week work schedule, but that is not what I am doing right now, so I try not to focus on it.
Training has been going quite well. I am really pleased with my progress and I am pretty sure I am getting trained up to run a fairly good Marathon in May. There’s a lot of work to be done but I am getting it done.
SO the weirdness started over a pair of Shoes.
Now you know, I LOVE running shoes.
So I was hemming and hawing around. I had been running in the Mirage, a shoe made by Saucony. I love the Mirage so much that when they did an update, and the Mirage went on sale, to make room for Mirage 2, I bought about 6 pairs at one time on closeout.
Well. All good things must come to an end. I have finally started in on my last pair of Mirage’s. I switched out to the Mirage 2 that I had bought in hope of a new shoe affair. Oh WOW. The Twos SUCKED. I should make use of my vocabulary, but…really there isn’t much of a way to describe it. They were wider, and stiffer, and while I wore them I never felt like I broke them in. So, I was feeling kind of “Off” the Mirage. So…enter all of my dilemmas. I thought about the new Virrata, and the Old Kinvara. both neutral shoes, and I’m not totally a neutral runner. I even kind of looked at the Mirage 3. It was hot pink in my local store, pepto pink. Not my style. I don’t know why but I REALLY did not want to own a pair of Barbie Pink Shoes.
See what I mean? It does come in other colors, but the store did not have other colors, and to order them special means giving up the 10% discount I get for being a gym member. I’m practical. Plus, I didn’t really love the shoe.
Well. After spending loads of time hemming and hawing and getting advice and trying to take advice, I finally sat down and asked the sales girl if I could try some on. She lacked my size in either style that I wanted to try. Yes they can order my size, but again that is now a “special order” and I lose the 10% discount. AND if the shoes come and aren’t really what is wanted, then, well…I feel like I had them do a lot of work for nothing.
So. Fast forward a few days. My friend invites me to go shopping at another Running Store, several miles away. We go. It is wonderful. The sales guy is pleasant, takes a good long look at my 2 pairs of shoes has me do some treadmill running etc. (All stuff they have done at the other place). He asked me a few more questions, showed me my running on the mill, and said, “Can I pull a few different things for you to try?” And try I did. I tried on Mizunos (my old love), a pair of Brooks Ravenna’s which almost sold me!, a pair of Pearl Izumis, which really were too soft, and a pair of the Mirage 3’s. I ran on the track they had at the store on the treadmill and outside in all of them. Eventually I had to decide and I ended up back in my Mirages. After watching me run a bit more, he asked about my left pronation, and suggested a wedge to help alleviate it. It felt great. He then gave a lot of advice on how to get used to running with the wedge…good thing because I would have tried to do my long run the next day with it. Best thing, they had it in the Barbie Pink, the Purple, and apparently they had it in green.
I took the purple. Love the shoes. I was very impressed at the size of the store. The style of the clothing also suited me better. I’m not one to wear skin tight clothing, it does not look good on me, and this store had lots of shirts with a looser fit. In addition, this store carried 2 brands I Love, Zensah, and Balega. I’ve asked the local shop to carry both and got a No on both.
Fast forward to Monday, I am at the gym, kind of feeling guilty about the shoes. The Pro Shop there had spent a great deal of time with me, but in truth, they didn’t have what I needed. My friend says, “Ohhh you got the shoes” I admit that I went elsewhere, and that I liked it a lot. She asked about the store, and I just remember saying, “Well they had a lot MORE” Personally I think the folks at the local store do a great job, they just didn’t have what I wanted. I admit too, I appreciated the fitter at the other store a bit because he was a lot more “neutral” than the guys at my pro-shop.
Well, the owner of the store overheard me. I heard her mutter under her breath about “Waste my time” etc. She has not spoken to me since. Just glared at me mostly. I made sure to purchase my Huge container of Carbo-Pro from them, but I guess that doesn’t make up for it. I have spent so much money there, that the whole thing annoys me no end. Everything I said was true so I don’t feel apologetic about it, but I do feel kind of frustrated. I felt like I was at least friendly with these folks. Not friends, mind you, but friendly. BUt apparently all they wanted was my money.
It’s a small town and things are awkward. Hopefully eventually everyone will get over themselves.