Pretty shoes, dude.

One of life’s great mysteries is how some runners can keep their shoes so freaky clean.

Their shoes: squeaky clean. An abomination!

Their shoes: squeaky clean. An abomination!

On the rare occasion that I go to a road race, I am amazed to see so many pairs of running shoes that are completely unblemished by dirt, pebbles, mud or scuff marks. 

Where do these people run? Have they ever stepped a toe outside their pristine bubbles?

Or do they run every last step in the sterile comfort of a gym’s treadmill hell?

OK, so my shoes are a bit muddier than the average runner’s. I deliberately run on dirt.

My shoes: muddy as a swamp. Truly, a thing of beauty.

Real running shoes: muddy as a swamp. Truly, a thing of beauty.

But c’mon, road runners! Get off your sidewalks and treadmills for five minutes. Get a taste of authentic running.

There’s big world out there! With lots of beautiful trails. Don’t worry about a little dirt. I look at shiny clean running shoes and think just one thing: You haven’t had enough fun.

Real runners don’t have clean shoes.

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