Dear Asics – Silver & Black

Posted: March 27, 2010 in Pace and Racing
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Dear Silver & Black:

I have a lot of mixed emotions as I write you this letter.  When we first met back in December and started to get to know each other I was going through a really difficult time.  I was starting to work my way back gently from those nasty shin splints.  From the first few minutes we spent together – I knew you would be there for me.  I was hopeful that in you I had found relief from the pain I had been suffering from.

Black and Silver Trainers

The first few mornings that we were alone together were tentative and I was really unsure about the future.  But in just a couple of weeks that all changed.  You were so supportive and cushioning – you made the pain I had been experiencing literally vanish.  For us at that point, it was all about the future.  We started spending more and more time together and we had a lot of great memories.

Remember that half-marathon in January where we set a new PR?  That was amazing, it wouldn’t have been possible without you.  Or do you remember the time that I took you with me out to California?  We went to Venice Beach together and the Santa Monica Pier.  Then we took that great trip up to San Francisco and traveled over the Golden Gate Bridge and back.

Those times really meant a lot to me and I’ll never forget them.  But right now it’s time for me to move on.  These relationships for me always seem to end quickly.  After you and I spent 31 hours together and we reached 250 miles traveled, I started spending time with someone else.

Black and Gold Trainers

That was about the time that new box arrived and a shiny pair of Black and Gold Asics were brought into the house.  Well lately the two of us have started spending more and more time together.  Starting this weekend we will be entering into an exclusive arrangement to finish up my training for Boston and Pittsburgh.

I know that I haven’t always treated you the best.  I sometimes took you out on muddy trails and rainy streets.  I would stuff you full of newspaper to dry you out only to drag you back out there the very next day.  Never once did you complain – never once did you let me down.  You did not even hold it against me when I had that brief fling with that pair of Asics Gel Kinetics.  You honestly could not have been better to me.

As a matter of fact, it’s not you, it’s me.  As I’ve gotten older I just can’t extend a relationship past 300 miles any longer.  If only my muscles were stronger maybe we would have been able to spend a few more weeks together, but we would have only been delaying the inevitable.

Again,  I’m sorry you had to find out this way and I’m going to try to find a new home for you.  I would never make you cut grass or wash cars with me – you’re better than that.  I’m hoping that your new owner will appreciate you for how great you still are, not how great you used to be.

Race Shoes

I wish we would be able to race together one more time, but that just isn’t in the cards.  I will remember you though when we cross the finish lines at Boston and Pittsburgh.  I never could have made it without you.  And don’t spend any time worrying about Black and Gold.  They won’t be racing with me either.  That honor is reserved for Blue and White who still haven’t been put on yet.



  1. Lisa says:

    That was really moving:) I was particularly attached to my black and silver Saucony Hurricanes. Even though I retired them they’re the only ones I couldn’t give away. Out of all my Hurricanes the ones that took me the farthest, ran more races, and were there for me when I shed more tears. I’ve given away all of my others, but I just can’t part with that pair.

    • joerunfordom says:

      Hi Lisa! Thanks for the visit. I’m really going to miss this pair. Even though I run in the same model all the time, this pair in particular was really great. They felt great straight out of the box and we had a lot of great and important runs together. Breaking up is hard to do. R.I.P. – take good care!

  2. Lara says:

    Joe, it’s hard to say goodbye to a dear friend, and running shoes become dear to ys very quickly. Thanks for sharing your obituary with us. *sniff* I know you’ll find a good new home for the little sweeties.

    • joerunfordom says:

      Hi Lara! Thanks for the visit! Those guys at the Good Will know us well Lara – I must have given them 15 pairs of running shoes at this point …. have a great rest of the weekend!

  3. Jessica says:

    This was such a creative and well done entry. Loved reading it!!

    • joerunfordom says:

      Hi Jessica! Thanks for the visit and the comment. You know us frustrated writers — always have to find a creative outlet somewhere! Gonna miss those shoes – they were the best trainers I ever had. Take good care!

  4. onelittlejill says:

    I love this! It is amazing how attached we get to our gear. I have been known to cry over my goggles breaking! I saved the first pair of kioks I ever retired and I am not sure I could ever get rid of them!

    • joerunfordom says:

      Hi Jill! Thanks so much for the visit – glad you enjoyed the post! I still have my first pair of marathon shoes from 2006 – just can’t bring myself to get rid of them either …. Best from Austin!

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