Photo of the day – Black Friday finally paid off!

See those shoes? No big deal, right? Well, let me tell you, these are the first pair of running shoes I’ve bought in almost 10 years!

I’ve been trying to run on a more regular basis as I can’t seem to find the time to get mountain bike rides in. However, there’s been a problem. My knees have been sore. This has never happened before.

I was talking to my sister and brother-in-law recently about trying to run more, and my knees bugging me. She said, “Well, how old are your shoes?”. Um, older than my oldest son…Ya, I guess that’s a problem.

I’m really picky when it comes to buying me anything. I usually pick a price that I wish to pay for something, and if I can’t find it at that price, I don’t get it.

For the last 15 years, I’ve decided I haven’t wanted to pay more that $75 for running shoes. The problem with that is that at some point good quality shoes go up in price along with inflation. I have been able to find shoes around $75, but they haven’t been good running shoes.

Then, along comes Black Friday! I never have shopped during this almost exclusively US shopping frenzy, however today I was at my local mall, and this sports store was advertising Black Friday sales.

Low and behold, they had a $150 pair of actual ‘running shoes’ on sale for $74.99! One penny below my threshold!


If it’s not pissing out tomorrow, I think I’m going on a run during my lunch. My knees may even thank me!