I think I have a Problem…

Today was one of those really drab days that would be good for a run because there was a light mist but I did my long run yesterday and I am competing in a 5K tomorrow so today was a none run day (did you get all that, cause I did it in one breath!).  Anyway, I had to find other things to do to keep me busy, which is not difficult because I have not been home for a Saturday in quite some time.  So where did I end up?  My closet!  What did I find?  An overabundance of running shoes.  I know this should not shock you but it’s not like I am a professional runner and getting paid or even sponsored by Saucony but I am thinking I should be!  Maybe not a professional runner but being sponsored by a running shoe company might save me some good money (if you have any hints on how to do this, please let me know.  I love free stuff and I would whole heartedly provide my feedback to them through this blog). 

DSC_0194Anyway, it was fun to look at the past few years in running shoes and see not only how the shoe has progressed but how my running has progressed.  By that I mean how I started with a lot of padding in the shoe and have progressed down to not that much and now I enjoy a much lighter shoe that is not overly padded (no I am not into the barefoot shoe just yet but I have tried a couple of miles barefoot on the treadmill).

Now I have all these shoes and I keep meaning to take them to the running store because they have a box for recycling them which I love but I never remember to bring them.  So instead I think I am going to take them to my local Goodwill thrift store so someone in my community can benefit from my expensive running shoe habit.  I often struggle with the benefit of donating to a cause local or outside of my area mainly to other countries.  It’s not that I don’t want people to benefit in other countries; it’s that I witness so many struggles locally on a daily basis that keeping it local sounds like a better idea.

Okay, so I really don’t have a problem but I do have a lot of running shoes.  I’m sure all of us runners have the same issue too.

What do you do with your shoes?  Ever thought about donating them locally?