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A visual reminder of miles traveled

Saturday, January 05, 2013

My local running store collects our old shoes to donate to the city’s rescue mission. Yesterday while tripping over stuff in my closet, I realized that I had forgotten about this for quite awhile. I replace my running shoes every 500 miles (about 6 months) after which I use them for another 6 months just for everyday stuff. The walking shoes (top row) are heavier and last somewhat longer.

So, from my logs and estimating my extra steps in daily activities, these shoes have seen about 3000 miles in 2.5 years.

These shoes have taken me on various routes in my area as well as on trips to Germany, Austria, Switzerland, England, Netherlands, Greece, Turkey, Italy, France, Czech Republic and Slovakia and up and down the east coast and the midwest here in the USA.

These shoes have seen most of my 3 years of maintenance. In fact, they are partly responsible for my staying in goal weight range all this time.

So, goodbye old friends, you’ve been replaced. You’ve still got a lot of wear left and I hope you serve someone else well on her journey to a new life.

Edit: Just for the record, the insoles are all brand new when I donate the shoes, thanks to my custom orthotics which replace them for my use.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
DAWN14163 1/6/2013 9:54AM

    Lovely idea! Here's to making lots more memories with your new shoes!

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WOLFKITTY 1/5/2013 12:29PM

    Yay! Cool. :)

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MJZHERE 1/5/2013 11:58AM

    I'm so glad you did this - what a great idea. We get shoes from a used clothing store that donates those that don't sell to give to the homeless - they are always so appreciated. However there aren't many sneakers which are always in demand. Hmmm, maybe I can get something going here.....

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SUZYMOBILE 1/5/2013 11:09AM

    If you'd been doing the virtual walk across America, you'd be nearly finished!

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WATERMELLEN 1/5/2013 9:32AM

    Terrific. I wonder if the recipient would appreciate knowing where they've been!!

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-AMANDA79- 1/5/2013 9:32AM

    Great blog! emoticon

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LOLATURTLE 1/5/2013 9:26AM

    Wow! That's such a cool picture and fact! If I just saw the picture, well... it's just some shoes. But knowing they represent 3000 miles, well that's something else!!

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MIRAGE727 1/5/2013 9:03AM

    Sweet! My running store, of which I'm a part of their run team, does the same thing with old shoe collecting. It makes total sense. Stay strong!

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WILSONWR 1/5/2013 8:58AM

    Great idea!

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SATCHMO99 1/5/2013 7:48AM

    What a great idea, I wish more sports shops took it up!

I made the mistake of buying a pair of running shoes in a non-specialist shop last year, and paid dearly with an Achilles tendon tear. Those shoes are in our charity shop bag, which is due to be taken soon with the clothes that are now TOO BIG.

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TORTISE110 1/5/2013 7:17AM

    What a great pic of what fitness-and a good life-reveal!

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COCK-ROBIN 1/5/2013 7:12AM

    It's wonderful. Wear out the shoes, means you're in top shape!

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MAGGIE101857 1/5/2013 7:09AM

    Goodbye loved shoes! They are going to a great new home and will continue to be loved there!!!

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