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My First Pair of Nike Free’s

My First Pair of Nike Free's

These are my very first pair, about 4 or 5 years ago when I was living in Portland. The first time I wore them was on a run home from work. It was one of the most magical runs I’ve ever had. I felt really… free. (Sorry) I’ve since become accustomed to the sensation of minimalist shoes, but that first run, wow! I wore them at work in the paint department, which is why they are covered in specks of magenta. The laces don’t stay tied worth a damn, even with double knotting, they smell funky, which is weird because my feet don’t usually stink, and they probably have at least a million miles on them, but I can’t bring myself to throw them out. I even did a painting of them. I’ve since bought 3 other pairs, though one pair got thrown out of a train window in Viet Nam because I’d gone swimming in them and they never got to dry out because I wrapped them up in a plastic bag along with my running shorts, and they began to smell unbearable….

But these ones, they’re still here with me. In fact, I’m wearing them right now.
Yeah, I think I’ll keep ’em.

What’s next?

Perhaps one of the most fun steps of running is finding a race to sign up for. Once you pick out a race, you make the commitment and sign up. You drop the cash, but then perk up at the thought of a race to look forward to.

Having to part with a chunk of cash (sniff) is a big motivator for me. There’s no way I’m going to pay for a race and then not train for it. Unless there is a damn good reason, then I am going to run that race, which means I have to train for it.

And in fact it has happened to me that I’ve signed up for two marathons but wasn’t able to run them. I signed up for the San Antonio marathon, but then found out I was going to Thailand, which was just fine by me. (And I almost signed up my buddy Jason, good thing I didn’t!)  As luck would have it, I found that there was going to be a marathon in Bangkok, so I signed up for that. I was super stoked, but then Bangkok got flooded, and so that race didn’t happen.

Right now my goal is to pick my next race. I will probablythe 50K in Nueces on March 2nd. It’s kind of a bummer that it’s two hours away. I won’t be able to run the course every weekend like I did for Bandera, but I’m sure I’ll make at least one trip out there to see what it’s like. I’ve heard that it is flatter and isn’t as technical, so that’s good. However, it’s two 15 mile loops. I’m not keen on the idea of running loops, but what can you do?

There is also a SARR half-marathon on the 26th, and the Austin marathon on February 17th… Hmmmm…..