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    That new shoe smell

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    Ah, that new-shoe smell.

    I was in Grand River Running the other day because there was a sale.  I didn’t particularly need new shoes, the ones I just bought only have about 150km on them.  But like buying things at Costco, we all know you stock up on your must-haves when they’re cheap.  Besides, I love being able to rotate my shoes.

    So anyway, there was another couple in the store; he was trying on shoes and she was sitting patiently on a bench; whether this was because she already chose hers, or just didn’t need any (or wasn’t a runner at all), was unclear. The manager was helping them.  When the fellow was walking around in a pair, the manager turned to me.

    “Did you need some help?” he asked me.  We have this strange relationship, he and I.  I always talk to him as if we know each other; he always humours me.
    “I already know what I’m after…”  I told him the model and size.  In one swift motion he turned, and as if by magic, he had the box in his hand, open so I could catch a whiff.
    “Perfect.  And they’re green!  The pair I have is blue, so I will be able to tell them apart with a glance.”  I put them on.  Yup, perfect.

    There’s just something about new shoes.  The crinkle of the hard tissue paper, the white bits are so clean they nearly glow, the coloured parts look almost metallic.  This won’t last long, which oddly enough is also good, but for now I enjoy them.  That and the smell.  It’s probably toxic, but really, when will a pair of running shoes ever smell that good again?  Probably never.

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    A runner for just over four years, Karen has already completed a marathon, two half marathons and a variety of 5k and 10k races. She describes her first marathon - the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon last September - as "a nightmare." However, she met a very interesting person in the process - a man named Sydney who was running his 152nd marathon! Although the race didn't go as well as planned for Karen or Sydney, he showed her that no matter how experienced a runner you are, you can still have a bad day. "Does that mean we shouldn't bother to prepare, or maybe just shouldn't bother at all? Of course not!" says Karen. "In the end, it is what we make it." We like her optimism!