A Letter To Shoe Companies and More

PART I: Shoes

My letter would read like this:

Dear Shoe Company,

I love innovation and cool new things. I really do. But there’s also something to be said for the phrase “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Changing shoe designs so much that the sizing is different is just friggin’ wrong. You’re messing your runners up, so STOP IT! People are becoming hoarders because of your shenanigans. Yes, they go buy all the old pairs of shoes that fit them because they know you are going to ruin it with your “innovation”. This could eventually lead them to financial ruin, too. See what one simple change can do? Please stop, unless you can just keep some of the old models around, oh, like FOREVER.

Thanks, love ya, mean it, and by the way, I’m switching to another company!

Love,

Kelli

I know the other company is just going to do the same damn thing, too. We’re screwed.

Anyway, I got my new Asics Nimbus this weekend, and I was excited since the new concept was super cool. I put it on my tired foot on Sunday when I got home from an equally awesome/horrible trip down to Myrtle Beach to take the RRCA Coaching Certification class. And within five minutes, my toe was going numb. Seriously, they were too short. I wear a 9W and have for several years, but my foot didn’t all of a sudden grow, heck no, the shoe is smaller. As I mourned the loss of my dream of having beautiful new Nimbus’s? Nimbuses? Nimbusses? Nimbus’? I ended up chatting with a rep from Roadrunner Sports and BAM, ordered a pair of the new Adidas Ultra Boost. Remember, I’m currently in a love affair with the regular Boosts. Anyway, I figured THEY would be too small because that’s what shoe companies do and I’d end up not having any new cool shoes to wear, BUT, two days after I ordered them, I opened the new box and channeled Carrie Bradshaw.

I’ve run in them already, and I can officially say that I’m infatuated.

Maybe the color will make me run faster?

Maybe the color will make me run faster?

PART II: Class

I was so thrilled and lucky to be a part of the RRCA Coaching Certification Course last weekend. What better environment than a room filled with runners talking about running? It’s like my kind of heaven! I was in an extremely diverse group, from new runners to very experienced runners with decades of coaching experience to one of the authors of “Run Less, Run Faster”. This class reinforced what I already thought I knew, and it taught me a few things that I certainly did not know (well, more than just a few).  Most importantly, it gave me the confidence to put my experience and knowledge together to successfully build a training program. My husband is my first guinea pig, my sister is second, then back to hubby for another go-round.  Do I want to do this for a living? Yes, I could see this for myself, mostly beginners or someone new to a structured training plan, but my goal and focus has been and will continue to be towards kids. Do what you love, love what you do, right?

rrca

The horrible part of the weekend started about 7:00 pm that Saturday of the training. We stayed on Ocean Blvd in Myrtle Beach, along the strip, so to speak, and it turned into a drag strip for all the teens on spring break who wanted to rev their souped up engines and annoy all the old fogeys trying to rest and sleep before 2:00 am.  Hour after hour passed with them making so much noise, the room literally shook. I didn’t get to sleep, well, ever, because I don’t remember actually waking up. I just remember being up all night. I got up to run at 5:30, which was actually 4:30 because of the time change, and at least I saw an amazing sunrise.  I made it fine through the day (probably because we talked about running all day), but let’s just say I passed out Sunday night around 8:00 pm. And I was happy.

Myrtle Beach sunrise

Myrtle Beach sunrise

I took and passed the test with a 94% (angry that I missed six questions and can’t find out which ones were wrong, but the thing had me tied up in knots because some of the answers weren’t clear to me because of my overthinking). I passed and so now just need to complete my First Aid course, and I’ll be good to go! Whohooo!

Part III: Training

I’m still hanging out in taper mode and haven’t gone nuts yet. YET. I’m doing what I normally do, planning, worrying, checking the weather, second guessing my training, but I’m also focusing on the whole “getting comfortable with being uncomfortable”. I didn’t get a good run in over the weekend, as explained above, but I got in a nice pace run on Monday.

It warmed up enough for tanks and SWEAT!

It warmed up enough for tanks and SWEAT!

Tuesday, I did four 1-mile repeats: 6:51, 6:52, 7:13, 7:01. I was tird. My legs were a little sore on Wednesday, so I had a nice and easy 4 miler, then a 4 mile pace run today. Well, it was faster than pace at 8:02, but wasn’t necessarily fast. I’m off Friday and I’m honestly not sure what I’m going to run this weekend. I want to get in 10-12 easy miles, but it depends on a few things.  No matter what, it’ll seem so short! Next week is going to be weird with only having a few miles a few times all week. But then then big race is almost HERE, so it’s time to rest up and prepare!

Part IIII: New Find

I went to Costco last week, and I don’t know if you’re like this, but I want to buy everything when I go in there. It happens at Whole Foods too. I browsed a lot and ended up finding this stuff.

 

I'm NuttZo for this stuff. Har har.

I’m NuttZo for this stuff. Har har.

I’m sort of happy and sort of in sticker shock that I didn’t check the price before I bought it and got it home, but I’ve been adding a spoon to my morning smoothie, and it is delish! It’s not great by itself, which is why I add it to smoothies or put on a wild rice cake. Just thought I’d share, but don’t let your eyes fall out of your head when you see the price. Just don’t look.

So how is everyone doing? I’ve been out of the loop a bit but since next week is taper and I’m not supposed to start projects (I was seriously considering painting a room), I’ll have lots of time to catch up! Have you ever bought something inadvertently expensive? Do you get annoyed with loud and annoying drivers?

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5 thoughts on “A Letter To Shoe Companies and More

  1. I love the color of the new shoes and congrats on the coaching!! Too bad not everyone is cooperative when it comes to following schedules that work for us…or are even what is considered “normal.” Really??? Who is out drag racing at 2 am??? UGH!! Looks like you are doing well with the taper! Keep tapering well 😉

  2. I live down in Charleston and really wish I’d known about the RRCA course because I would have loved to taken it. They NEVER come down south and I don’t know how I missed that email or whatever but I would love to go just to learn more about running in case I ever do plan to coach (kids) and just better my own running. It’s so neat that you got to take it with so many cool people including the Run Less Run Faster guys (even though that plan would never work for me, I gotta run 5x a week).

    Shoes are the craziest thing. I tried out the Nimbus the other day and really liked them. I wear Mizuno and they have changed up a lot and it’s not always for the better. The sizes vary from shoe to shoe as I am a 6 in Mizuno and Asics but somehow the Adidas run bigger?

    • I don’t know how I found the RRCA course open, and it seems that so many people who got in were surprised to find out it was open. Just make sure you get their emails and check the website all the time for new classes. The instructor (there’s only 4 who cover the entire US) said they’re going to try and get more classes because they know it’s in such high demand. Not sure if that means in our area!!!
      Shoes are wack. I don’t get how they determine sizes or anything. All I know is to just stick with what works….until they change it!!! 🙂

  3. Congrats on passing your exam! Mine is scheduled for May with NAASFP, but I’m thinking about moving it up to April because it does feel like it’s hanging over me. And I still have the case study & practicum to do 😛

    I was excited to read that you want to work with beginners because that’s where I want to focus too. A good friend of mine who is training for her first half marathon just had someone tell her she didn’t have “a runner’s body” and didn’t think she could do it. I’m so infuriated. I’ve run with this woman (her first 10k in November) and she’s a successful English Channel swimmer. But this “friend” of hers gave her doubts about her running. I think beginners need encouragement to realize almost anyone can be a runner. (Sorry. End of rant)

    The shoe thing really bugs me too. It makes me feel like I always have to be on the look out for the next great shoe instead of enjoying the ride I already have. I suppose that’s exactly what shoe companies are going for.

    • Wha??? Who SAYS things like that?!? Omg. The only people who shouldn’t run are injured people and people who’s heart doctors tell them not to. I am officially certified now and honestly, it’s intimidating. There’s some pressure to get people to their goals, but we have a lot of experience, when added to education, can be a really good thing to teach others. You’ll be awesome!! And rant all you want about the morons out there 🙂

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