I bought you as a birthday present to myself. And because it was about time I upgrade my cross training shoes. I’m already excited to wear you to class for the first time, but there’s something to be said about the potential in an unworn pair of tennis shoes. I’ll wear you countless times in the coming months, so there are a few things you should know about newly 26-year-old me.
First, let’s get something straight. You’re not running shoes. I already have a pair that hug my feet while I put in my training miles. Whether at the park, on the waterfront, or down the sidewalk, they do work. But I’m not trying to say that you’re not important. In fact, I wouldn’t be able to wear those running shoes so well if it weren’t for cross trainers like you. You’re
kind of a big deal.
I’ll wear you to the studio and while I sweat through intense workouts. I’ll wear you to squat, press, lunge, curl, and burpee. I’ll wear you on strong days and on days when I need you to remind me that I’m strong. I’ll wear you before the sun comes up, from the office to the gym, and while holding heavy weights. I’ll wear you during training sessions that make me feel like a beast and during ones that make me feel like crying. Or cussing. I’ll wear you when I feel confident and see progress and on days when I’m not so sure. We will have tired and insecure days, so be ready for them. On those days, you’ll take the brunt of my emotions because a workout is like therapy for an athlete. I’ll wear you with a lot of neon that won’t match. I might even wear you with denim if it feels like that kind of day.
While you sit sturdy and smudge-free in your box, there will come a time when I decide that you, too, are worn out. I’ll have imprinted my feet onto your soles so much that you won’t be able to support them any longer. By that time, I’ll be faster, stronger, and healthier. Until then, you’ll keep my body safe while I throw myself outside my comfort zone. And you’ll make me look like a badass while I do.