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January 31, 2012

Socks…I Had No Idea (for James)

Socks…I Had No Idea

New socks.
Two socks.
Whose socks?
Sue’s socks.

~ Dr Seuss, Fox in Socks

So shortly after I start writing this blog I got a very enthusiastic note from my friend James Zervios. James is the Director of Communications for the Obesity Action Coalition, of which I am a board member. In the time I have known James, he has completely transformed his health and his body, losing over 50 pounds, lowering his blood pressure and more. One thing James has been doing is running.

So anyway, he send me the following note:

I thought of you the other day with your running blog. I finally ran in my new shoes and it made an incredible difference. But, there was something else that I thought was interesting. I bought “running socks” at Fit2Run in Tampa. Let me tell you that they made a big difference. I ran once with them and once with my usual cotton ankle socks. With the cotton socks, I developed blisters on my toes after a 9 mile run. With these, my feet were much more comfortable and no blisters. Anyway, just thought you might find the “sock” debate interesting.

He also sent me a link to the socks – if you are really curious, you can look at them here: Balega Hidden Comfort Sock

When I first started running part of the appeal was the (fantasy?) of the lack of stuff I would need. All you really need to run are the shoes right (and some would even argue against that…)? But here’s what I learned very quickly: You buy the shoes and then you need socks.

This actually happened when I went to buy my second pair of running shoes at the running store:

Guy at store: So what kind of socks do you wear?

Me (in my head): I am supposed to have an answer to that? Do I tell him that mostly I borrow from my 10-year-old’s sock drawer?

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December 21, 2011

Notes on Shoes and Humility

Notes on Shoes and Humility

When I first decided to run, I thought I would run on a treadmill (you can read about that here). When I ditched that idea and opted instead to start simply with a pair of shoes, I thought it would be really easy. After all, I am a woman, right? How hard can it be to buy a pair of shoes?

I bought my first pair of running shoes at an athletic shoes store in Boulder, Colorado. There were so many choices it was overwhelming. Fortunately (or unfortunately) I have really small feet, so that limited the options right away. Most of the people shopping for shoes in this place seemed to know exactly what they wanted and the busy sales people really didn’t have time to answer any questions. When I did finally get someone to assist, he measured my feet, brought me about a half-dozen boxes of shoes and told me to try them and walk or jog around in them.

I tried them all. My first thoughts were: wow, are most running shoes ugly.

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