If you have been running for a while you probably have a love/hate relationship with your running shoes.
Some shoes you have run in, back in the long distant past take on an almost mythological belief in how GREAT they were and we look back on them with fond memories, that may not always be as accurate as we want to believe.
I am going to get to find out how accurate those memories are!
Last week I found a pair of shoes on EastBay that are very similar to my “favorite” all-time running shoes, the Blue Adidas Marathon Trainers with the Dillinger Web.
The one’s I got are reproduction shoes and are more like a different model, the Marathon Trainer II’s, that followed. Yes I owned a pair of these as well and while they were not the same as the blue models, they were fairly close.
When I saw Marathon Trainers were in stock and on sale for $39.99, I had to buy them, just to see if they were as great as I remember. It was just one of those things.
When I got them in last night, and looked them over, some minor things were different from what I remember about the Marathon Trainer II’s the heel dissipation plug-in the middle of the sole was missing and the extended heel piece was different. These are a little heavier than I remember, but that could just be me :-).
The quality of the construction was fine, except under the board last in both shoes, the white glue had puddled on both outside forefoot areas. When I wore them for a quick walk, the right forefoot where the glue had pooled would be a problem area, if I didn’t do something about it.
Also due to the board last, the Marathon Trainers felt very stiff and then I remembered what I had to do for every pair of them that I had ever owned – remove the front half of the board last. It was a trick I learned from another runner who swore by the Blue Marathon Trainers and worked great for me as well.
So I went ahead and removed as much of the board last in the forefoot area as I could, scraped out the white glue clumps that were there. You can see how much of the board last I removed from both shoes, by the below pile.
This made the shoes a lot more flexible in the forefoot and a few ounces lighter. Also the sock liner/insert needed to be changed because it was glued in and didn’t come out whole (they didn’t skimp on the glue!). I will be experimenting to see which insert I have works best for me with these shoes.
This customization was something that was just a part of getting a new pair of shoes back in the 80’s or so it seemed, we had to “adjust” them a little to meet our needs. When I walked in the Marathon Trainers this morning, they felt a LOT better, much more flexible, comfortable and no problem spots.
It is funny how many memories, working on these shoes brought back. It brought me back to a different time and place in my life and some of the little things that you just don’t think about all that much anymore. I know that I was a lot younger with different dreams and aspirations than I have now, some came true, some didn’t, but it was fun going back in time for a few moments.
The reality is that
these reproduction Marathon Trainers with the Dillinger web are probably not as great as I remember the Marathon Trainer’s or even as good as the Mizuno shoes I am running in now. However, I have been whining about wanting a pair for several years and when I saw them available, I HAD to get them.
They were a part of my past, that I remember fondly and sometimes you just have to go back and visit for a minute or two.
Now that I have a half-board last and a different sock liner in the shoe, they feel much different and a lot closer to the dim memory of the comfortable shoe that I ran so many miles in back in the 80’s.
No I don’t know what the “drop is or the stack-height of these shoes are, but they do seem like they fit the low profile shoe model that seems all the rage in today’s market. While they might not ever be my daily running shoes, they seem to have lot of similarities with many of today’s newer designs and some of the trail shoes I have seen lately.
It will be interesting to see what I think of them as running shoes, instead of just a memory.
Have you ever had a pair of shoes that you ran in a long time ago, and loved them, but couldn’t find the shoe again. Then suddenly you found a model that was very close to that shoe – did you buy it? Did it live up to your memories of that old shoe that you loved?