While we all love to cross the Finish Line and receive the medal, to signify our accomplishment. Better yet, to receive an Overall or AG award sweetens the pot.
Yet, runner’s have an addiction, and we are not ashamed to show the world. Our shoes! A runner can often be identified by the type of shoes. Each brand appears to have their own culture and style of runners. Advertising works, huh?
After Meb won the Boston Marathon 2014, I know many runners chose to switch to Skechers. After the recent USATF World Championship controversy, many opted to not run in Nike’s.
Yet, the is the not the addiction. The addiction is we don’t want to let go of our shoes, right? I am a self-proclaimed organizing and de-clutter freak. I keep what I need and want is truly sentimental. One would never call me a hoarder or pack rat. Yet, the day I realized my first pair of Brook’s were done, I remember looking at them and gazing. These were the shoes I ran my first endurance race in 2010. These were the shoes that brought me my first Overall awards. So many memories, but I still parted with them and donated them to charity.
In 2014, 4 years after running with Brooks, I was asked to test out the Altra Running shoes. You may remember my experience from the Runner’s World Half Marathon in Bethlehem, PA. Click Here.
After that experience, I knew it was time to say goodbye to Brooks. It was like saying goodbye to an old friend. Yet, Altra had the design I was looking for, a foot-shaped shoe, less cushion and zero drop.
My feet have not run in anything since October 2014. In fact, I have 4 pairs, but I do not run in all of them.
Pair 1, purple – was my first pair of Altra’s. (One 2’s) – they are now my errand or house cleaning shoes
Pair 2, purple – my recently retired racing and running shoes
Pair 3 (middle pair) – my Intuitions. I wear them on my easy run days
Pair 4 – my new One 2.5’s. (color: sprite) I wear them on my speed, long runs and racing days.
One may wonder if I am connected with the company and is this a paid endorsement? Nope. While I did receive a complimentary pair at Runner’s World – the remaining pairs are paid for and by my choice. I am not a Sponsored Athlete nor an Ambassador of Altra Running.
Ironically, when people find out I wear Altra’s. I am asked “you run trails” or “you run ultra distances?” While I have run some trails, I am not a trail runner. I love the road. Ultra marathons are not something I am looking to run, any time soon. It’s a shame that more road racers do not wear Altra’s, they are missing out. My entire family wears them, including my speedo brother.
I am a road racer and runner and wearing Altra’s have given me a chance to improve my form and speed. I was able to PR by 19 minutes on my marathon in January. A PR I have been chasing for 3 years.
I have zero plans or desire to move away from Altra shoes. If you have not looked into Altra’s, I recommend you do. www.AltraRunning.com
Charlene L. Ragsdale – Las Vegas, NV
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