Can you run 10 miles in those shoes?

Running Shoes

These are my current running shoes.  They are the 4th pair of Nike Lunerglide’s I’ve had.  Joni bought me my first pair for Christmas/Hanukkah 2009 after I raved about how comfortable they were after trying them on one time and reading an amazing review of them in Outside magazine.  I seem to go through a pair every 6 months or so.  They get too beat up for running and get ‘demoted’ to dog-walking shoes.  After another 6-months or so, they get recycled at the sneaker bin at Nike Town.

Anyway, I was finishing up a ~5 mile run on Friday and was waiting to cross the street at the Salmon Street Fountain in Waterfront Park.  I made eye contact with an older gentleman sitting on a bench with headphones on.  He was probably a transient but looked nice enough and not an angry-looking street kid that I’d want to avoid.  He took off his headphones so that he could talk to me:

Guy: Those are really nice shoes.
Me: Thanks, they’re the best running shoes I’ve ever had.

Guy: Can you run a marathon in those shoes?
Me: No, not me.  I can’t run that far.

Guy: What about 10 miles?  10 miles is pretty good.  Can you run 10 miles in those shoes?
Me: No, not yet.  I did about 5.  I’d like to get up to 10 miles by the end of the summer.

Guy: Well with those shoes, you should be able to.
Me: I hope so.  I’m definitely going to try.

Guy: OK then.  Stay safe.
Me: Yeah, you too.

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  1. August 15th, 2011

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