Meet my husband
Age: Turning 50 in December
Interest in change: Reluctant
I have been running for five years now. For the past couple of years, we’ve been talking about Pete taking it up as well. We both think that it would be fun for us to share this hobby together; jogs around town, races nearby and while traveling… But when I suggested that this summer would be a good time to start it was, “What, already?”
Yes, Mr. Spontaneous, this would be a great time to start! I’m not training for a marathon, we still have some teens at home to watch the little guys, you’re about to turn 50, which is a memorable milestone, and I think it makes an interesting story.
He’s such a good sport! Pete has always been incredibly supportive of my running. And now, despite only a couple of years planning, he’s ready to take it on, himself. First stop… shoe shopping!
The Candy, I mean, Running Store
Expert Assistant: Co-Owner, Ian Forsyth
The Husband: Overwhelmed
Every day Pete analyzes data and makes business decisions that impact the company to the tune of millions of dollars. (To clarify… some other company. It’s not our company. We don’t see these millions of dollars!) But put a few $100 pairs of running shoes before him and he’s stymied.
I get it! We’ve all been there, haven’t we? When you haven’t bought athletic shoes since the debut of Air Jordans or Reebok Princess aerobic shoes, you don’t know how they’re supposed to feel.
But Ian was very helpful in getting Pete to determine if the arch felt supportive or too intrusive. Was the toe box spacious enough or did the ankle feel loose? I had mentioned that I usually ended up with the Saucony Guide and I expected that Pete would need a stability shoe, too. Ian watched Pete walk and said that he was only a mild over-pronator and at the lower mileage he’d be running, could go with a neutral or stability shoe.
The Contenders: Saucony, New Balance, Brooks, Adidas, Others
The Colors: Not brown or black
The Nashifs: Alarmed
Pete and I have been married for 25 years. In all of that time, he has never, ever worn a pair of shoes that aren’t brown or black. Seeing him in brilliant blues with day-glow yellow was like, “No, you’re not coming home with me.”
Okay, right! Running! Deep breath, Jen and Pete. We can do this. After narrowing down the contenders to a couple of pairs, Ian suggested that Pete take them outside for a run on the sidewalk. The entire time I’m trying not to push the Sauconys just because they’re what I wear.
The brand and style: Saucony Guide 10
The color: Grey, Navy, Red
The wife: Pleased
It came down to two options… one felt cushier and one felt firmer. He went with the slightly cushier, which was the Saucony Guide. Despite the fact that it means absolutely nothing, I was delighted. We wear the same kind of shoes!
Coincidentally, they are also the most subdued looking pair. Alright, I think we are both in our comfort zone now. All that’s left is to commence with the actual running!
Our first 5K together will be August 19th, 2017 in Jackson, Michigan at Running Between the Vines, a beautiful race through vineyards and country roads. Pete and I have volunteered at this race before and know what a pretty setting and well run race it is. Can’t wait!