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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.
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