I began wearing Brooks T7's in 2011. Other than a few months of switching to another brand and style (I was told I could not run Marathon's in the T7's - they lied), I have been dedicated to my shoes. They are light and keep my feet happy.
In a few days, my family and I will be traveling to Disneyland to celebrate Halloween. It was time for me to break out my training running shoes to get ready for the trip. Doctors orders state I have to wear cushioned insoles and take frequent walk breaks.
I threw them into the wash (yes, I have washed my shoes for years, they are fine - as long as you don't put them in the dryer. Only air dry).
Once washed, I pulled them out and the left still more brown than the right.
I was quite puzzled, how one shoe could be dirtier than the other....
And then, I begin thinking...I walked to my closet and opened up a shoe box. It was my older pair of T7's that I will still use for easy runs. The obvious was right in from of me.
I had mixed up my new and old pair of shoes.
Old pair: 400+ miles
New pair: less than 100 miles
I had been training in:
Left shoe: 400 miles
Right shoe: 100 miles
I was running on a pair of very mismatched shows at Disneyland until the injury. I remember feeling my stride was off at the Disneyland Half, but I felt my migraines and body aches were causing it, not my shoes!
I could not believe what I was seeing. Never in over 2 years had I mixed my new and old shoes.
I remember my Dr asking me if I had been running on old shoes, when he was assessing my injury. Well, the answer is yes and no. Yet, the difference in the two shoes is quite evident, when I look at it closely.
This is how my shoes should look, paired up (see the difference?)
After the discovery, I was in a state of shock. If I had spent 12 hours walking Disneyland for 2 days around in mismatched shoes, I could of caused further damage to my leg.
The mistakes we make are the lessons and blessings we must accept. I cannot change my mistake of mixing up my shoes (and racing on them), but I can make sure it doesn't happen again.
In the future - my newer pair (my training & racing pair) will have a ladybug bead charm on the laces.
What mistakes have you made that you swore to never repeat?
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