Time for New Shoes

If you know me, I’m an Adidas man. Always have been. Since I was in my late teens, all my running and athletic shoes have been Adidas, except for a pair of minimal Nike running shoe in the mid-2000s that mimicked barefoot running, and recently a pair of Merrell’s that also are a minimalist shoe given to me by a friend (K.C.) that works at Merrell. Both were great, but as I’m not a runner anymore, I need a new pair of kicks (people still use the word “kicks” in reference to shoes, right?).

Well, I’ve always had a pair of Adidas running shoes on stand-by, but there was an incident Thursday night. While out walking the dog, the dog had an “accident” (not really an “accident” because dogs are supposed to poop while out on a walk, but stick with me). What she did was, well, like poop, but not poop. Looked like some sort of cosmic goo. So I dutifully tried to grab it in the plastic garbage bag but it got away from me and before you know it, the bag was out of my hand and this “cosmic goo” had splattered all over my Adidas. In some J.F.K.-bullet-bending way, it managed to land on and ruin both shoes. It was so bad, and so disgusting, because it was the eve of trash day, I took off both shoes mid-walk and about 300 yards from home,  and threw the shoes right in the nearest curbside can.

Am I that prissy that I couldn’t have cleaned these shoes? Let’s just say …the shoes were four years old and I’m not kidding …they weren’t going to be saved. Thank me for not taking a picture for Instagram.

That story leads to one major decision, now . . . a new pair of running shoes that won’t be used for running. Mostly for style and long walks, with the occasional bike ride and running around a park with the kids, thrown in. They need to look good with jeans (I am not ready to do the stark-white shoe with jeans Dad-Look), shorts and short black or white socks, or with athletic pants.

The issue is, most of today’s running shoes feature loud color schemes or at least one color that glows in the dark. I want grey on black or black on black – and that’s no easy task. I’m also considering changing brands – from Adidas to New Balance (collective gasps, I know).

So, for the next month, I’ll be debating between the following two shoes. The New Balance 1012s or the Adidas Powerblaze M Black Onix.

Decisions, decisions. Great blog entry, eh?

New Balance 1012

Adidas Powerblaze M Black Onix

 

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Lesson in Perseverance from the Honey Badger

honeybadger

What is this blog? Sometime it’s me talking about myself and what I got for Christmas and for my birthday and shamelessly just loving myself and stroking my own ego. But sometimes, I hope it’s amusing and interesting. And other times, I hope it’s educational and inspiring. This blog wouldn’t easily by re-purposed for a book or movie, but I’m OK with that.

Today, I post a video of the amazing honey badger which, I think, is amazing in and of itself, because that honey badger is wicked smart (to be read aloud as “wickid smaaaht”).

But the second reason I’m posting it is because there’s a “sales” lesson in the video. There’s actually a “life” lesson in there.

How hard are you willing to work for what you want? Are you willing to spend every waking moment looking for ways to accomplish your dream or finish a big project or chase down an idea? To get that dream job? To hit your ideal weight goal and be healthier?

The honey badger in this video wants one thing – he wants to escape his confinement and explore. He’ll stop at nothing to get out and be free.

When I want my dog to stay out of a room, I balance a big couch cushion in front of the restricted area and that’s enough.

Are you like my dog? Am I like my dog? Is a fluffy couch cushion enough to stop me? Or are you and I like the honey badger? Willing to do whatever it takes to get to our goal? And when the rules change or the obstacles become more difficult, will we adapt and adjust?

Today. I am a honey badger. Are you.

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