Thursday, June 27, 2013

Saying Good Bye

Have you ever found something that you loved so much that you wanted to buy it in every single color in your size? The tough part is that you discovered this love well after the item had been discontinued from the store.

That is how I feel about my first pair of running shoes. I was lucky enough to stumble upon Asics Gel Nimbus 12 at Marshall's and I bought them because they were so cheap. At first I had no intentions of running in them but I quickly realized that not only were they pretty in pink, but they felt like slippers on my feet. I never wanted to take them off.
my first 5k in March 2013
I started running in them and I fell deeply in love with this pair of shoes. I have never loved a pair of shoes like these before.

Perhaps I am so attached to these shoes because I had so many firsts in them...
I ran my first mile in these shoes.
I ran my 1st, 2nd, and 3rd 5k's in these shoes.
I ran in Florida, California, Boston, South Carolina, Michigan, and other places in these shoes.
I experienced the freedom of the road.
I believed in myself in these shoes. 
I fell in love with running in these shoes.

When I reached 200 miles in these shoes I began to notice that they were losing their luster. Saddened by this, I started shopping hard core to find these shoes again. Ebay. Overstock websites. Marshalls. Any place I could think of I looked for these shoes. I continued to come up empty.

I continued to run in these shoes until I reached about 250 miles in them. I then got injured. With a small fracture in my right tibia and after speaking with my Dr., who is also a runner, we decided that it was time to retire my beloved shoes and buy a new pair.

The inevitable had arrived.
Retired but not out of commission.
Long story short, I shopped and found a new pair of shoes. They do not even begin to compare to my Asics Gel Nimbus 12's; my first running shoes; the shoes that transformed me from a recreational runner to a committed, goal-setting runner.

Thank you Asics Gel Nimbus 12's.

I will miss you---
There will never be a pair of running shoes like you.
For YOU were my first...

3 thoughts:

Jenny said...

I am wearing my Asics Gel Nimbus 14s right now and they are the best! The 13s are awful. Way too narrow. I don't remember how I felt about the 12s. The 14s are heaven to me and they come in some really cool colors. I have the multi-colored neon ones on right now!

Gina Phillips {Hiya Luv} said...

Hi Jenny! I had heard that the 13s were awful so I didn't think to try the 14s. I may just go seek them out and give them a shot due to your comment. I really loved my 12s so if the 14s are anything like them, I will be one happy chick! Thanks for your comment!

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