Why yes, I will. Why? Because I lucked out last night, my friends.
All day at work I had been looking forward to quittin’ time when I could hop in my vehicle and haul tushie over to Fleet Feet to pick up a new pair of running shoes. I noticed that my joints and feet took a pounding on my long run last week – I woke up the next morning more/differently sore than usual – so even though I had just gotten shoes in June, I was overdue for a new pair. Seemed kinda soon to me but those babies were shot.
Anywho, when I arrived at the shop, old shoes in hand (to donate, of course, cause the last thing I need lying around my small-ish apartment is a stinky old pair of running shoes…and it’s for a good cause) I was greeted by a sea of runners decked out in flourescent clothing. What, pray tell, was this?
Turns out I had happened by the store during the “Switch on Your Run – Brooks Fashion Show, Contest, and Run.” What?!?!?!? Oh, yeah, baby!
You see, Brooks is my brand. I have some screwed up foot issues that in turn affect my knees and hips and can sometimes make running a bit tricky for this chickie. Brooks Ravenna are the only shoes that correct this issue which allows me to hoof it for 15-20 miles at a time.
If not for Brooks, I wouldn’t be able to be the runner I am. Yeah, I owe ’em a lot.
After slingin’ my old Ravennas into the donation box and gettin’ fitted for my new pair (I don’t know why I even bother with a fitting anymore – Brooks Ravenna, size 9.5, please), I walked on over to the Brooks demo table to talk to the friendly rep and impress upon him my devotion to his brand. Well, I must have been pretty convincing – or he was just sick of hearing me talk – cause half-way through my Ode to Ravennas he stopped me to ask, “Hey, have you gotten one of these?” “One of these” was a neon green dry-wick shirt that everyone who showed up for the aforementioned “Switch on Your Run” received for participation.
Well, friends, it took all my willpower not to jump across the table and give this man a great big smooch! I hadn’t made it in time for the event – all the runners left while I was tryin’ on my new shoes – but he still gifted me the shirt! The only thing I love more than free schwag is free neon green schwag :).
Folks, things just got better after that. Every Brooks item in the store was 20% off. Yes. I do not lie…but I did buy…this:
Yay for new running gear!!! I was so excited to try all this stuff out that I headed directly home, laced up my new shoes…
…pulled on my new shirt…
…and headed out for a quick – not to mention safe (who could miss me in that shirt?) – run.
When I got home, I had a mini fashion shoot…
…to nerdily document…
…my hot, new gear.
So, thank you Brooks rep whose name I don’t know! And thank you Fleet Feet for catering to all of my running gear needs!
Do you have a favorite brand of shoes and/or athletic clothing?