I have been in desperate need of new running shoes for some time now, but have been hesitant to spend the money. My favorite shoe, the Saucony ProGrid Ride, is listed at $95 online, quite a wad of cash to part with. On Friday, though, I had the option of picking up my race packet (for the 10K I was to run the next day) at a Sports Basement store up in Sunnyvale…more than a thirty minute drive from my house. At first I thought it made more sense just to arrive early the next morning and pick up my packet before the race…until I realized that the store was offering 20% off of any purchase in conjunction with race packet pickup. Turns out, not only did the store have my shoe, but it was already marked down…before the extra discount. And, I like the new color scheme even better than that of my last pair!
$85 (store price)
Now that’s a SWEET deal.
*(Not including the onerous 9.25%! sales tax)
The guy who handed me my packet gave me a skeptical look when he saw my new shoes in hand. He asked if I was going to wear them for the race the next day. Heck yeah! I have never had problems with “breaking in” a good pair of running shoes. If you’ve got the right pair, and from a reputable brand, you shouldn’t need to break them in. They should be great from the start. This brand new pair carried me to a 15th place finish, of 314 runners…all women. I placed third in my age division, which won me these lovely? socks….
If I wear them for my next Mermaid Series event, I can win more great stuff!
I don’t think I’ll ever be running in these….
To Mermaid’s credit, the other race paraphernalia they doled out was fantastic! The goodie bags weren’t some generic, use ’em then loose ’em plastic bags…they’re real bags! Cute and functional, and available in the runner’s choice of three colors. I now have a new church bag, thanks Mermaid!
The T-shirt is one of the best I’ve ever gotten. It’s not a running shirt, but it is cute enough to actually wear, somewhere other than bed…. Instead of medals we received necklaces, and way cute too, don’t you think?
I don’t usually register for short distance races, as I prefer marathons and half marathons. But, I am really glad I ran this 10K (6.2 miles). It’s good to shake things up a bit, and it’s easier to really push myself with the shorter distances. I think I’m going to add more 10 and 5 Ks to my race schedule from now on. Next up? See Jane Run Half Marathon in June!