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A Runner’s Ode To Her Beloved Pair Of Running Shoes

Dear Running Shoes,

Words can’t begin to express how much you mean to me. You are always there, waiting patiently by the door when I need you. Thank you for carrying my feet hundreds of miles through breathtaking trails, gritty roads, fast paces on the track and the treadmill that I no longer dread.

There was the feeling of utter joy when I first lovingly took you out of the box and laced up your sturdy, colorful laces. Stilettos, espadrilles and flip flops are fun, but you—you truly make my heart soar with happiness and possibility. Through ups and downs, injury and victory, you gave me hope and promise about our extraordinary journey together.

Running shoes, you are the ultimate best friend. I’ve taken you down the street, across the ocean and half way around the world. We’ve experienced running by the Eiffel Tower at dawn and beauty of the Grand Tetons at sunset. Remember those priceless moments? Yeah, they mean so much to me, too.

I know there comes a time when you begin to age, the cushion starts to fade and my body signals that it is time to let you go. Thank you for pushing me through that crazy, excruciating workout we both remember, so well. Most importantly, I’ll never, ever forget when my tears dripped down on you after I ran a personal best in the marathon.

My friend, the moment has come to let you go and I know we wish each other well. Off you go to help someone in need, who is dying to try out your awesomeness. I am developing a new relationship with a pretty special pair of shoes and I’m looking forward to lots of fresh, new adventures.

Oh, the places we’ll go!

Onward my faithful friend and I wish you well.


Your Runner

Nat Runs Far

Nat Runs Far

Natalie Mitchell is NatRunsFar. Natalie is mom to three young kiddos and wife to her best friend. She is a seven-time marathoner, four-time Boston qualifier and five-time triathlete. Natalie enjoys taking her readers on a journey of running, inspiration, motherhood, chasing dreams and how to balance it all with a smile. When she isn't running, you'll find her playing with her kids on the beach, hiking, baking or reading. Natalie and her family also love to travel and you can find pictures of their outdoor adventures at and social media. She is an ambassador for Procompression and Stonyfield. Follow her daily musings on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook @NatRunsFar.