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Published November 08, 2010, 12:00 AM

Wagner: Favorite, reliable shoes can bolster motivation

Some days are tougher than others. Lacking motivation, or self confidence, it’s easy to project our worst fears on an upcoming workout.

Some days are tougher than others. Lacking motivation, or self confidence, it’s easy to project our worst fears on an upcoming workout.

How will you make it through? Can you even make it through?

Those questions go through my mind from time to time.

The answer, it seems, comes as easily as reaching into my closet, where there are at least a half dozen pairs of shoes.

There are trail shoes, minimalist shoes, daily trainers and lightweight pairs for speedwork.

But inside the closet, on a shoe rack, I always seem to reach for a gray and orange pair when I’m struggling with the idea of running three hours on a Saturday morning.

About 18 months ago, with hopes of finding shoes to give my feet a little more protection for workouts on gravel roads, I bought a pair of trail/road hybrid on a whim.

Since then, they’ve carried me through foul weather and rough terrain. They’ve protected me from snow, rain, mud and rocks.

But when long runs rolled around on the weekend, and I wondered how to make it through another 22-mile day, there stood those old mud-caked shoes.

There were days when I didn’t think I could finish another long marathon workout, but then forgot my concerns out on the run. It seems those old shoes were on my feet every time.

This past summer, I bought a new model, figuring my original pair of Brooks Adrenaline ASR had reached their life expectancy. But the new pair sits tucked in a box on a shelf in a basement closet.

I don’t have a pair of lucky socks. None of my running shirts have any special meaning. But I own a pair of “comfort shoes” that have earned legendary status in my book for carrying me through the tough days, and making those some of my favorite running memories.

Be visible in the dark

Early morning runners are accustomed to shorter daylight hours this fall.

Now, with Daylight Saving Time ending Sunday, evening runners will find themselves in the dark, too.

Fargo’s Beyond Running store has an event to help remind us to “Light Up the Night.” The annual event, starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, aims to promote runner safety, awareness and responsibility.

It comes just in time for the Full Moon 5K, a Thursday night race sponsored by Go Far Sports. The race starts from West Fargo’s Cheney Middle School.


Forum News Director Steve Wagner writes a running blog, which can be found at runningspud.areavoices.com. He can be reached at (701) 241-5542 or swagner@forumcomm.com.

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