A Good Pair of Running Shoes

good-pair-of-running-shoesYears ago when I started to work out at the gym, I was such a tightwad that I refused to buy a good pair of running shoes for $100. I just used the $30 tennis shoes that I had always worn. While on the treadmill, my feet would start hurting after about five minutes. After fifteen or twenty minutes, I was limping. Yes, I was limping on the treadmill, and I kept going. How stupid is that?

I know that especially in homeschool circles, frugality is considered a virtue. But when you are refusing to spend the money to do a job right, you might as well not do it at all. After a few weeks of limping at the gym, I finally broke down and told my husband that I just didn’t want to limp on the treadmill any more. My husband laughed. He thought it was ridiculous that I hadn’t bought running shoes already.

So I went and bought myself some running shoes. I felt like I was walking on clouds. No wonder the other people at the gym weren’t limping; they felt like they were stepping on marshmallows. This taught me a lesson. Frugality can only go so far, and you often get what you pay for.

One of the perks of buying a $100 pair of running shoes is the fact that you will feel guilty if you don’t use them. This will further motivate you to work out.

Even if you are not a member of a gym, I recommend that every homeschool mother buy a good pair of running shoes. Why? Your body is not your own; it belongs to your husband. Working out isn’t so bad when you feel like you’re wearing fluffy slippers. Just imagine jogging around the block and coming home not only refreshed and energized, but looking better for your husband, which God requires of you anyway. Go on. Just do it.

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2 Responses to “A Good Pair of Running Shoes”

  1. Melissa says:

    “One of the perks of buying a $100 pair of running shoes is the fact that you will feel guilty if you don’t use them. This will further motivate you to work out.”

    True–but the one and only time I bought good shoes (and then didn’t use them), I felt guilty AND out of shape! haha

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