Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Sharing a post from Brooks Running......

It's no secret that I am in love with Brooks Running (ok I also admit I had a mad crush on a boy in high school who shared the same name so maybe that fuels some of my passion....shhhh).
Their blog today has a great guest post from Stephanie Schultz, a fellow runner, and I had to share.  Be sure to check out their website too for some awesome running gear.

Retiring Shoes
The Shoe Retiring Ceremony is held for runners
once every five-hundred miles,
on a Saturday afternoon after a final race
in an old casket factory on the Northeast end of town.
The ceremony begins with the shoes—
bald, wrinkled and tired—
and their moment to say thanks
for the ability to do the job they were made to do,
the miles they were meant to run.
The runner then gets to remember
her ten minute improvement in the half marathon,
crossing the finish line of her first full marathon,
kicking up red dust in the Arches of Utah,
taking an unexpected dip in the Mississippi River.
These memories are then inscribed onto the box
in which the shoes came
and in which they will finally rest—
a box to be displayed on a mantel or bedside table
like a photo of a loved one or a gold trophy
where they can whisper to a new pair of shoes:

Take these feet, these legs
to further distances, to new places.
They are ready for you.

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