I have fallen in love.
It was not exactly love at first sight, but there was an element of visual attraction. I must say, though, that the sleek lines and simple make-up were a welcomed sight. I was not exactly looking for a new relationship, but you know how old relationships go. There were rocky times. Things perhaps were not as comfortable as they once were. Whatever the reason, there I was, trying something new.
And while I admit it wasn’t exactly love at first sight, there was an electrifying exhilaration when I first made physical contact. Seriously. This felt GREAT! Amazing, really. Like, where have you been all my life? kind of infatuation. All previous relationships paled by comparison.
But I did not want to rush into anything. We’ve all been there before. The novelty can wear off quickly. What once felt wonderful could sometimes turn into pain. Maybe there would be a little friction. Sometimes that could lead to blistering hatred. Sometimes, it would become a love-hate relationship. Sometimes, no matter how good it was at the beginning, it just didn’t last.
As such, one is hesitant to tell the world about this new love for fear that it won’t last. That some unseen defect will later chafe and bring agony. But I have spent several months now in this new relationship and I am ready to declare my emotions to the world.
I have found my sole mate. I am in love with New Balance’s 1080v3 running shoes
The first time I tried them on in the store, I knew they were different. I have had very few pairs of shoes over the years that impressed me when I first put them on. The desire to leave the store at that very minute and go running was nearly overwhelming.
They are lightweight, comfortable and cushioned where I need the cushioning. I was concerned initially that this would be a shoe that would not last, but after a couple of hundred miles of running, I still love them and prefer them over any other shoe I currently own. I usually try to get 4-500 miles out of a pair of shoes, but even if I only get another hundred, they have been well worth the money spent.
I opted for the white and blue. It was so nice to have a shoe that was not colored by a LSD trip or designed by a kindergartener. The style was appealing, not garish. I have already planned ahead and bought a second pair, knowing that shoe companies are fickle and feel compelled to change their models more often than Hollywood celebrities change spouses.
Of course, I have to deal with two pairs of Asics and a pair of Mizuno’s that are just a bit jealous right now. Normally, I
obsessive-compulsively religiously rotate these shoes in turn. But now I tend to go to the NB more often, even if it isn’t their turn. You probably don’t realize how big of a deal that is. When I listen to my ipod—I never skip a song. NEVER. You never reshuffle until EVERY song has played. When I add new songs on itunes, I don’t resynch the ipod until the end of a shuffle. There is an order to everything and that must be respected.
Except for the shoes I love.
Never too late for the Daily Prompt . . . Tell us about your favorite pair of shoes, and where they’ve taken you.
So far they’ve seen me through two races, three hundred miles, central Pennsylvania and Walt Disney World, Florida. Who knows where we’ll run to next!