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Think I need a stiff drink!

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator

Ran 5k today and was awarded with this badge. It was quite a sad moment, these shoes have been through a lot with me, they completed my first HM with me, they’ve done 400 miles with me. I don’t want to let go!

They feel like they have some life left in them, they pass the twist test, they’re still really comfy... but I now need to get new shoes for the long runs. Maybe these old faithfuls can do the odd parkrun with me in the future.

I can’t believe that I have so much emotion invested in a pair of shoes. Others have come and go and it didn’t bother me. Can anyone suggest a good therapist to get me through these times?

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AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate10

Good to hear from you UNM, you don't need to throw your shoes away, they were your first proper running shoes, once you have bought a new pair for your longer runs, you could still wear them as you say for Parkruns.

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to AlMorr

Don’t think I’ll throw these away ever... they may get mounted in my cave or something like that. Must try not to love their replacements as much 🤣🤣

AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to UnfitNoMore

I began a series of very short "test" runs as early as October 2017 after watching the Great Scottish Run on TV, they promoted C25K during a short break from the running, before that I thought C25K was something to do with running 25 kilometers.

So during the winter months of 2017/18 I ran for only a minute or two to see how I would get on.

One of the runs was on a measured official 5K course which is used for the local Santa Dash in December, I had a run on that course about a month before I started C25K and actually ran/walked it in just over 40 minutes only using my wrist watch to time myself.

I started around 10am and finished at 10.41 so I thought it's time to officially start C25K, that was on 18th April 2018 and I graduated on 18th June exactly two months later.

I ran my first full 5k on that same course around two months later, by that time I had my first Smartphone, my time was 34.24, so now I have told you about my early runs. 🏃🏾.

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to AlMorr

I don’t like to think about my very early ones 🤣 boy they were tough! Don’t know where I’d be without C25K and also the forums... not running that’s for sure!

AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to UnfitNoMore

👍

ForestGrump63
ForestGrump6360minGraduate in reply to UnfitNoMore

My first thoughts were you could have them displayed on a mount or in a box frame 😂👍

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to ForestGrump63

Funnily enough... that’s exactly what I’m thinking! Box frame with the shoes and the medals they helped me earn.

ForestGrump63
ForestGrump6360minGraduate in reply to UnfitNoMore

Yes! Go for it x

Bike_and_Run
Bike_and_RunGraduate10 in reply to UnfitNoMore

Oh, I like that idea. Wish I could do the same, but I now have 4 pairs of running shoes, no medals and no man cave to show them off in.

Dya think the missus will mind if I display them all in the mantelpiece alongside the children's photos 🤣

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to Bike_and_Run

Not at all... how could she possibly? 🤣

Fabulous450
Fabulous450Graduate10

Aaaah!! You will always have the memories you’ve made together! 🤗🤗🤗

Therapists nearby for emergency treatment: N.Ike, S.Direct, F.Locker, I’m sure there’ll be a few more too! W.W.Dot. 😂 ❤️

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to Fabulous450

🤣

Yes Dr Tinytears60 she always has words of comfort for people in crisis....she’ll get you through this tough emotional time UnfitNoMore 👍 👩‍⚕️

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to Couchphoenix

This is true, she makes me giggle often

Love the running tho you 2 are both somewhat ahead of me! And very cheeky ... I hope I catch you! 🏃🏽‍♀️🏃🏽‍♀️🏃🏽‍♀️ I’m trying my best!

Emotionally invested in shoes? - I get that! I polish mine every night! I kid you not! They are looked after better than myself 💕👟👟

Then again - they cost me a small lottery win £££’s Can’t scrimp on the ol tootsie’s 👣 without them we couldn’t run!

I would put them away safely- I keep my shoes in their original boxes ( I do realise how OCD crazy that makes me sound! 🤣)

Thanks for the recommendation 👌

I charge By the hour ... will give some thought to cost but as Couchphoenix1 is on 10% commission I will have to front load cost 🤣

I’m bloody good tho 👌

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to Tinytears60

🤣🤣🤣 thanks! We are simply trailblazing for you so we can sit an watch you cross all the finish lines and cheer like crazy!

Omg .. charge by the hour!! 🤣🤣🤣 just didn’t quite think those words thru before I typed did I! 😳

Could do with some support on the finish line 👏👏👏 can u bring the gin? 🍸

Jonno34
Jonno34Graduate10 in reply to Tinytears60

I had a young, female, engineer working for me on a project in Albania. She had a nice car. I made a comment about it in passing and she said "Well I am a working girl!" Some things don't always translate well!

Grannyhugs
GrannyhugsGraduate10

Oh dear, you've obviously had some fantastic runs with those shoes but nobody wants to work eally past their retirement date, I prescribe a little light work with them while you make friends with a shiny new pair. Happy running 🤗

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to Grannyhugs

Thanks. I’m starting the process of choosing colours for the next ones (why I don’t know, with free choice they’ll be all black, but it’s keeping me entertained 🤣)

Grannyhugs
GrannyhugsGraduate10 in reply to UnfitNoMore

🤣 have fun - remember to search for colour coordinated sock

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to Grannyhugs

Or... clash horribly... that seemed pretty popular on the HM startline!!

Grannyhugs
GrannyhugsGraduate10 in reply to UnfitNoMore

I got a £20 discount trading in my old pair at runners need just before lockdown- being a canny scot that was a no brainer

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to Grannyhugs

I love a discount! Had freebies coming here for the last couple of weeks, todays was unexpected, 2 cans of red bull in a box... from a Strava challenge... don’t drink the stuff and if I’m really lucky I’ll win a year’s supply 🤣. Found someone who needs it though, night care worker with young kids, she says it’s all that keeps her going sometimes.

I am a therapist! But I am also a terrible hoarder, so absolutely no help to you at all! :-) I still have my first pair of trainers to use in the garden and when they finally fall apart I may try and compost them - I don't think I could throw them away!

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to Amerynthe

🤣 at least I’m not alone... that in itself is good therapy!

I know exactly what you mean regarding your shoes. The lonely miles in all weathers and they have been your constant companion. Well done on all those miles and I wish you just the same in your new pair.

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to GTFC

Yeah, it’s really weird... I’ve been running in other shoes too... but they’re the ones I can depend on for a lovely long run.

Emotions just show importance, nothing wrong with that, congrats on the 5K 😊

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to Dtay1978

Cheers... was nice to run in better conditions today, my other runs this week have just been incredibly tough!

Ps... I’m not even sure I pass the twist test let alone my shoes 👟👟 🤣

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to Tinytears60

🤣. There was an alternative to sit-ups called torture twists in the half sat up position... I tried them once... they did exactly what they said... there’s no way I’ll ever do them again.

My daughters heavily into fitness as is her partner- they need to be double jointed for some moves! 😳🙈

Speedy60
Speedy60Graduate10

I've only been wearing my Garmin watch since Monday (birthday present). On Wednesday I did almost nothing and it gave me a 'well rested' badge. I think I've got this covered. 🤣

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to Speedy60

Wow... I don’t think I’ve got that one! Couple of days off then 🤣

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to Speedy60

Just checked... I do have it! 8 hours sleep in a night... sadly that one has no progression as I’d be well up for a 10 hour one!!

Jonno34
Jonno34Graduate10

Not done the twist test??? I do wonder who states the distance when these become over the hill? I have 3 pairs of mid range Asics. My first pair (Gel pulse 9) replaced a pair of really poor slazengers and were a major step up in comfort. I did a lot of gym work + c25k on the treadmill and then began running outdoors. They are still comfortable and cushioned however I use them for the gym and recovery mainly as they are getting a bit baggy. My next pair are hitting the 500k mark and my last pair, newest, I use for longer runs sort of 10K +.

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to Jonno34

I think there’s a lot of variables that affect the milage a shoe does... any quoted spec would have to make a lot of assumptions, weight would be an obvious one, things like stride length must play a part too. I only run in my running shoes, sometimes they walk home, but usually they’re swapped in the car... the back of which is more of a locker room these days 😂

Twist is towards the end of this video youtu.be/UqbbAypyybE

Run46
Run46Graduate10 in reply to UnfitNoMore

I feel your pain, I love my Ghost 11's and they're only 10 and a half months old which feels quite new to me, but I've run 420 miles in them so figured I better order a new pair.

Thanks for the video, mine still look almost like new so will check them out against the new pair and see if they're still safe to run in for a bit longer or need relegating to walking shoes!

I hope you fall in love with your new pair when you decide what to choose, and they're so comfy that the pain of your loss is quickly forgotten 🤞😉

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to Run46

I’m thinking mine will become recovery shoes, for the day after my long run. Enjoy your shopping!!

Sparkey5000
Sparkey500060minGraduate

We are your best therapist 😊 especially if you share new shoe pictures xx

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to Sparkey5000

I’m sure the excitement of new shoes shopping will help! Pictures are a must... maybe I should always photo my new long run shoes next to their predecessors, that’d be interesting to look back on.

CaptFrey
CaptFrey60minGraduate

Oh no joy at the support and journeys you have travelled and always sad to retire old faves. Keep them if only to wear when doing general mooching 🤗

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to CaptFrey

They can’t end up in the bin... others maybe, but not these ones, we did what was always impossible for me!

🤣🤣

Jell6
Jell6Graduate10

I kept my faithful originals to do gardening in😁

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to Jell6

Good idea... though my idea of gardening is watching someone else do the work while reclining with a glass of pimms 🤣

WillowandSola
WillowandSola60minGraduate

Fancy running so far and so many times that you have got to the end of your running shoes, I’m well impressed 😀

Enjoy planning your next pair

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to WillowandSola

It’s strange, the little wear bar in the Garmin app never seems to move and then all of a sudden it’s almost full... 640km on them and they nearly made it a year, I added them to my gear 29/6/19... I guess they will have at least a run on their anniversary tomorrow.

WillowandSola
WillowandSola60minGraduate in reply to UnfitNoMore

Enjoy their anniversary run

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to WillowandSola

Maybe a late one... my new watch is on order and if it’s coming there’s no way I’m running before that delivery!

WillowandSola
WillowandSola60minGraduate in reply to UnfitNoMore

Ha of course not, what are you getting?

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to WillowandSola

Garmin 245... I was look at the Fenix6 solar, but at £840 that was going to have the wife looking at the back balance 🤣. When I took the solar off and compared features, there wasn’t £200 worth of difference, and very little in the features I’d be likely to use. The Fenix can happen next year... I’m thinking of going to ultra, and one I was looking at was 6am earliest starts with cutoff in the evenings... I won’t be fast, so will need maximum battery life! I also need to look at how to charge it as it’s a 5 day event... or maybe I just need 5 watches 🤣

WillowandSola
WillowandSola60minGraduate in reply to UnfitNoMore

You are so going to love that watch, we will expect a photo 😀and that pulse ox is a scary thing, mine is consistently lower than the finger one the doc puts on if you go see him/her

Mine was a bit low when I bought my watch in Jan and after sending screenshots to my daughter to show her what it did she said “your oxygen levels are a bit low” i pointed out it’s only a guide and not a medical device but she was right and a few days later there i was in hospital on oxygen so how clever is that watch? it knew

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to WillowandSola

Yeah... I’ve done my reading and didn’t purchase until I read that pulse ox can be turned off 🤣. I think I’ll use it for manual checks in the daytime... the night one wouldn’t work as I tend to sleep with my wrists a little elevated amongst pillows (all the wife’s fault as I was happy with one pillow until she made me try two) and that will affect the readings apparently.

They are clever... apparently the body battery really does show if you’ve had a drink too!

WillowandSola
WillowandSola60minGraduate in reply to UnfitNoMore

What an alcoholic drink? or water?

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to WillowandSola

Alcohol. I was reading that it shows a much lower battery when hungover, but even seems to pick up on just the one! Obviously this will need extensive research... I don’t tend to drink the night before a run, and I’m willing to, for the advancement of science, drink heavily before one of my rest days 🤣

WillowandSola
WillowandSola60minGraduate in reply to UnfitNoMore

Oh funny, I don’t drink alcohol but i could maybe try a little and see what happens

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to WillowandSola

I think if we’re doing it for scientific reasons we have to don a lab coat, and possibly goggles if the health and safety people find out.

WillowandSola
WillowandSola60minGraduate in reply to UnfitNoMore

Hmm 🧐 lol, I’m the health and safety officer at work i have the lab coat mask and goggles, but today i’m happy to be home and not needing them

I better do a COSSH risk assessment though before we start on copious amounts of beer

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to WillowandSola

I’ll get the Mrs on it... she has to do these things all the time too... I’m sure she’s missing it as she’s sat knitting on her day off 🤣🤣

UpTheStanley
UpTheStanleyGraduate10

I'm just wondering which shoe company paid how much to Strava to include that badge amongst their pop-ups ........

Cynical, moi?

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to UpTheStanley

Of course not 🤣. It’s on Garmin connect... and they do partner with Nike and UA... maybe it’s all part of the great US data grab for profits. If Nike run club suddenly starts advertising to me specifically for replacing worn out shoes we will have our answer (I haven’t told NRC about these shoes at all)

There’s a lot of variation... I was watching a video on YouTube of a South African guy who’d done 750km, including a marathon, in Decathlon’s £10 shoe!!!

Great post and comments! 😊 Love your idea of the photo with the old and new together! Let’s see! 😀👍😊

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to Gannet1

I’m sure gonna do it... think I’m going to let go slowly though, so a couple more weeks!!

Gannet1
Gannet1 in reply to UnfitNoMore

Maybe introduce them to each other slowly, see how the get on, before putting them so close together for a photo..... 🙃

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to Gannet1

🤣👍

BaddieThePirate
BaddieThePirateGraduate10

Oh no!

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to BaddieThePirate

I know... I already had “goodbye old friend” for retiring some other shoes... so when I do finally let go, there will be nothing... apart from new shoes 😎

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10

It’s so sad isn’t it. But if I was you I would buy a new pair and do alternate runs in old and new. You’ll soon know when it’s time to let go. I’ve still got my first running shoes for walking in. I didn’t know you could get a badge - I obviously didn’t run far enough before replacement. 😢👟👟

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to Dexy5

When you add gear you give them a milage... I’ve retired other pairs before the my reached the number, so this was the first time I had the sad news that they were going onto end of life running.

Think these will do a couple more long runs while I break the new ones in with some 5ks and then switch the two over. New watch will be some kind of comfort I think 😎

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to UnfitNoMore

Yes all mine have been recorded on garmin, and I found it sad telling it that I was retiring my first pair, but given I had 2 other pairs of road shoes and a pair of trails, it had to be done.

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to Dexy5

I need more shoes... got my flats for short and quick... new longs coming... I need a couple in between, and then I can start on the trail shoes... so I need cross country spikes, mud specialists, ones for rock, and some hybrids... will have to sneak them past the wife one at a time though 🤣

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to UnfitNoMore

Yes that’s lots of shoes UNM.

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to Dexy5

May have to throw some of hers out so I have a place for them all 🤣

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to UnfitNoMore

😱

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to Dexy5

And then I’ll need a good lawyer 🤣

Bike_and_Run
Bike_and_RunGraduate10

What shoes are they?

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator in reply to Bike_and_Run

Nike Zoom Pegasus 35s... they’ve outlasted their successors the 37 is out now

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