Brooklyn Runner

Paying for running shoes
October 27, 2010, 12:58 am
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I read with interest this NY Times story about how much to pay for running shoes. “Fit first and price last” is the mantra that most experts seem to agree on. I have to agree, but my bias has been toward not paying attention to how high the price is, as opposed to not paying attention to how low the price might be.

I’ve bought my shoes at running stores exclusively now for the past ten years, but after reading this I remember the first pair of Nike’s I was wearing when (in college, I think) I started running for exercise and for for and for stress relief. I bought them at Marshall’s for $40. Maybe I’ll give it another try!

Places to Donate Old Running Shoes
September 23, 2008, 9:23 am
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Photo by doviende.
Photo by doviende.

What to do with used running shoes has become an annual dilemma for me. It’s that time of year when it seems like you need a new pair of shoes every five minutes. Locally, any Jack Rabbit Sports location will accept used shoes for donation. A manager at a store once told me they see to it that the shoes go to needy people, but didn’t elaborate.

Runner’s World has a list of organizations where you can send used shoes, many of which send them on to places where people are truly in need and where a pair of high quality running shoes would make a big difference in someone’s life. My favorites are Hope Runs, a nonprofit working in Kenya and Tanazania that uses athletics, education and social entrepreneurship to empower AIDS orphans, and Shoe4Africa, whose mission is “empowerment through sports and education.”

Please take advantage of an opportunity to be gracious and give out of the wealth that we all possess. Anyone able to own a single pair of running shoes in this country is wealthier than the vast majority of the world’s population.

Holiday shopping deals
December 12, 2007, 9:59 am
Filed under: Seasons, Shoes and Gear

Tis the season to go shopping and there are plenty of deals on running gear to go around. . .

In Park Slope, tomorrow (12/13) is the first Buy in Brooklyn event, when stores stay open until 10 p.m. Slope Sports will discount running shoes 20 to 40 percent (though it doesn’t say which ones) and other merchandise is on sale. The $10 hat-and-glove bin, thermal socks, and gift certificates sound like good stocking stuffers for runners.

At Jack Rabbit Sports, all store merchandise is 15 percent off! Makes it worthwhile to replace those running shoes for a new season.

Paragon Sports has free one-day shipping for orders over $48.95. And at Super Runners, you can buy gift certificates online.

Not a bad bunch of options for runners dreaming of a balmy Christmas.

Be charitable: donate your running shoes
November 7, 2007, 5:59 pm
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I picked up an interesting fact somewhere along the way while preparing for Marine Corps (I can’t find it now — ugh!) but it was a curious statistic: Marathon finishers are wealthy when compared to the general population. There was a set of stats that looked at the marathon finishers on a number of indicators, and income was one of them.

Which makes it all the more appropriate to be charitable by donating your “old” running shoes to a good cause. . .

Jack Rabbit Sports is taking donations of old running shoes at its Brooklyn location on 7th Avenue in Park Slope, to be shipped to an organization in Africa. And, a member at Prospect Park Track Club has collected shoes for a small impoverished African village for the past two years.

Kind of puts things in perspective . . . A $100 pair of shoes that have been run in for 400 miles are of no use to me as a runner anymore, and most runners I know spend that amount on shoes alone three times over just in one year. But the person on the receiving end of those Asics or Nikes or whatever would probably not see $100 in an entire year.

Just one way to make you realize we are a wealthy people living in America.

Wireless Tracker
November 6, 2007, 4:11 pm
Filed under: Shoes and Gear

Now I thought MapMyRun was cool, but track your distance and stats simply by carrying your GPS-enabled cell phone?

Runners World magazine is advertising this new service, which goes along with a free online training journal. It costs $9.99 a month, added to your cell phone bill; there’s also a one day trial for $1.99. You sign up by entering your service provider and type of phone. Anyone tried it yet?

For those of us who like to know the exact mileage of our runs, gone are the days of trying to enter routes into Mapquest. . .