This afternoon I made it back safe and sound from Red Deer so I was able to get my super quickie run in before BBC tonight (2 mi to be exact). As we were supposed to be pretty close to Confederation Park I opted to hit the pathway there and run through Queen's Park Cemetery. Honestly the rest of the pathways through Confederation Park are sort of ho hum on the excitement scale, but the short clip through the cemetery is always interesting. It is super quiet, and a little bit eerie. Sometimes I wonder if people take offense to there being a bike/jogging path right through the middle of it. It is, however, a pretty spot and I like the quietness of it for a little bit of reflection. Part of today's reflection was over the life of the somewhat dirty and blue Asics GT-2100s on my feet. I've been faithfully tracking the mileage on them and know that they are nearing retirement age. But I didn't think they were there yet. Earlier this month I started noting shin pain down on most occasions when I ran in them, but the pain would always subside after a bit. Today both shins hurt, the knees hurt, the arches hurt...and I realize I have been running a lot, but I'm pretty sure I can attribute this to my shoes above all else. So at 263 miles it is time for the Asics GT-2100s to put in for early retirement for leisurely walks with the dogs and trips to the supermarket and nights of bingo. (OK, maybe not bingo, I'd have to go to bingo for the shoes to go to bingo.) These are the first ever shoes that I was fitted for and purchased at a running store - thank you Roger Soler's Sports in San Antonio - and they were the first shoes I tried on that day. I bought them one week before my ankle turned into a cankle and I found out about my stress fracture. They waited patiently for the days when they could see the pavement and the sunny skies and I was ready to return to running. They saw me through the CIBC Run for the Cure, the St. Patrick's Day 10K, the Go Red for Women 5K, the Minnie Marathon 15K and countless training runs. They were good sneakers.