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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Road Trip to Boston - Part 2

After a lot of thought I have decided to move some of best of my old posts from Aging Runnah and A Runnah’s Story blogs, primarily the old reviews, maybe a few of the better posts and race reports that I have written over the years. I have a feeling that at some point, my WordPress.com blogs are simply going to go away and I want to still be able to go back and read some of the stuff I wrote.

If you are reading this blog post, that is why it is has been re-posted here.

Originally posted on: November 19, 2014

This was one of the highlights of running for me. Meeting another runner who simply is a great person and fun to be around.

If you want to read about my adventures getting to Boston and what I learned about being a Puma wear-tester you can read about it in Part 1.
One of the things about social media is that you get to “meet” a lot of people online and talk to them about running or whatever. Well I have been “talking/following” with Sam W. from New Hampshire on Strava and in the Running Shoe Geeks Facebook Group for a while now and really appreciate his opinions about and knowledge of running/running shoes and his reviews of them.
I knew he was from New Hampshire and last week when I figured out I was going down to Boston, I talked with him about meeting up. We talked about doing a run together and possibly trading some shoes if we had the chance.Even though the conditions were nasty and I wasn’t sure if he would interested in running in the storm that was going, I figured I could meet him, talk about running shoes and maybe make a trade for some low-mileage shoes he doesn’t want anymore for some of mine. I called and we agreed to meet at his house.
We gabbed and talked about running shoes only like true running shoe geeks can, so much so that his daughter was laughing at us. It was a little like being a kid in a candy store and getting to talk with someone else who is just as excited about being there as you are. ;-)
Yeah, we went on a run, even though the conditions were nasty you can read about it here.
We did trade some shoes and I ended up with a pair of Saucony Zealots and Newton Energy NR’s, both of which I wanted to try, so that was cool.
Saucony Zealot
Saucony Zealot
Newton Energy NR Men's version. I had the women's version and loved it, but it was too narrow
I had a GREAT time meeting, running and talking with Sam. It was definitely one of the highlights of the day.
If you have a chance to actually meet some of the people you talk to so much on social media, I really suggest you take the opportunity to do so if you can.
As much fun as I was having running and talking with Sam, I still needed to drive another 3-4 hours in nasty weather.


So I after we got done running, I quickly got back on the road, but due to me being stupid and not changing after running in the cold rain at Sam’s, I had to stop in Kittery to warm-up.
Wouldn't you know it, right across the street from McDonald's is a Puma Factory Outlet store and since I had just come Puma in Boston, I decided to go in and take a look at what shoes they had. Of all the running shoes, that Puma has out, the Mobiums have intrigued me the most and I have never had an opportunity to even see V1 or V2 in person.
The Mobium Version 1 would not have been a shoe, that I would have worn, just didn't feel comfortable and it had that damn skinny no padding tongue that I am not very keen on. However, V2 is a different story, I liked the changes from V1 to V2, unfortunately, the smallest size they had in stock was a 9.0.
Oh, the story of my day!!!
The 9.0 in the store, fit exactly like the 9.0's at the Puma wear-test office (at least they are consistent), which was a definite no go...it was probably a good thing TheWife would have had my arse, if I had bought another pair of shoes, when I was already coming home with 3 pair that were new to me.
However, at some point, I will get a pair of Mobium V2, they still intrique me and I wonder how I will run in them.


My final stop was at LL Bean in Freeport.
Back in 1990, when I was at RIO Bath and stationed in Portland, I got a GoreTex running outfit from Beans and have put a LOT of miles on the jacket (the pants wore out a long time ago and disappeared). However, the jacket liner had holes all through it and was just wearing out. LL Beans has a great 100% warranty program and I figured I would see if they could repair the liner.
I have a lot of memories and miles in that jacket and just wanted a new liner in it. However, the CSR there told me in no uncertain terms that they do not repair jacket liners and when I told him that is what I really wanted. Well…he repeated "we do not repair jacket liners and you can either return the jacket for store credit or keep it after all it IS from 1990."
Mmmmmmm not what I really wanted. I went in thinking that if they couldn’t repair it, I would just take it home keep using it until it completely wore out, but the insinuation that isn’t 24 years enough wear (which I believe it was, I got more than my money's worth out of that jacket and didn't expect a new one) and tone in the CSR’s voice changed my mind, at that point I was tired, probably a lot crankier than I usually am and to be honest it became a matter of principle.
They offer the 100% warranty and I purchased the jacket from them and it wasn't cheap when I got the outfit back then.
Even so, I still hemmed and hawed for few minutes, thinking about all the runs in the jacket, the memories I made in it, but the CSR kept looking at me like "come-on shit or get off the pot", I decided to take the store credit, grinned and looked right back at the CSR, who quickly looked away.
I had to go get another running jacket. I chose a Brooks bright orange which is weather resistant and while it is not as nice as my old GoreTex one, it probably is a better choice for where I run now.
My new running jacket
My new running jacket
The colorway is safer than the silver/gray of the old one and the liner is in one piece.
Although it doesn’t have the memories of my old Gore-tex jacket and probably will not last nearly as long, it is now home with me. You know if I hadn't been as tired, I probably wouldn't have possibly misinterpreted tone/look from the CSR and gotten rid of my old jacket, but hey it is what it is.
I still think that Bean's is a great place to shop and I love their stuff - especially their 100% warranty policy, but I wonder if I should have just taken my jacket back it was over 24 years old. Ahhh well it was probably just the way I was seeing things after a long tiring drive, but...well let's leave it at that. I probably just got my wires crossed for no reason and need to just move on.
I have run a couple of times in the new jacket and it works great. The plus is that I can run in during hunting season, whereas, there is no way, I would run in my old silver Gore-Tex jacket this time of year. So it will work out and I still have the memories, just not the jacket :-) .
Ah, but when I got home around 7:30, TheWife was not a real happy person.
I was supposed to be home between 5-6 and I didn't call to tell her I was running late...remember guys call home if you are going to be late. Especially, when you are driving in nasty weather, they have active imaginations too and worry about us. So I was in that damn doghouse yet again. I know it pretty well and find my way there a little too often sometimes. :-)
So that was my adventures on Monday.

You know something, I wouldn't want to do that all the time, but at the same time I did have fun, learned an awful, met some great people, a few more shoes found their way home with me and I even ended up with a new running jacket. So it was a very successful day. The best part I made it home in one piece.

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