Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Houston We Have a Problem


Here's a shot of my running shoes from the last few years - minus the ones I've given to my teen boys to fool around in.

Ok so maybe I need to go to SA (shoes anonymous). Are there 12 Step programs for Running Shoe addicts?


1. We admitted we were powerless over running shoes - that our closets had become unmanageable.

2. Came to believe that a Power greater than our shoes could restore us to sanity.

3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of a Foot Locker employee as we understood Him.

4. Made a searching and fearless moral and physical inventory of our closets.

5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, the UPS driver and our podiatrist the exact nature of our wrongs.

6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all the old shoes from our lives.

7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings and ugly colored shoes.

8. Made a list of all credit cards and checking accounts we had overdrawn, and became willing to make amends to the banks.

9. Made direct amends to such accounts wherever possible, except when to do so would land us in jail.

10. Continued to take physical inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it and donated excess shoes to the Kenyans.

11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with a higher power, praying only for knowledge of the perfect running shoe at the best possible price.

12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to runners at races every where and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

Only 12 steps...that won't even take me to the end of my driveway

9 comments:

SAM said...

THIS IS ONLY HALF OF YOUR RUNNING SHOES!!!

IF THE WORLD ONLY NEW...

BABY STEPS...TAKE BABY STEPS...

Mau said...

I can't let Chris see that pile. He'll get running shoe envy. How many pairs of shoes does a guy really need for running anyway? They aren't even cute!

Rob said...

Mau - They are cute when they are on MY legs!!! I rotate a few pairs at a time. I stop using them for running after they get 300 miles on them.

Rachel said...

Your problem with running shoes is like my problem with cookbooks...it's an illness...so sorry you are afflicted. ;-)

momto5minnies said...

I'm thinking Febreeze ...

Where do you store all of those?

Christine said...

That is unreal! Thanks for coming out of the closet and sharing.

Rob said...

M.2.5.M - no febreeze needed - my feet don't stink. I have a decent size closet, but i'm thinking of adding an addition onto the house just for my shoes, kind of a shrine.

Christine - thanks, i feel much better now that's i've come out of the closet.

the Mom said...

Imelda,
That is an impressive shoe pile. Mine would rival it if I ever opened the box and let them out! I just box them away, 'cause I can't bear to throw them out. I think I am a shoe addict. Help me!

Rob said...

My Sister from Another Mother - I can never throw them away either. My teen boys have taken a bunch of them over the years and used them for soccer, running around, etc...
They totally destroy them and then they pitch them. So a bunch of them have gotten thrown away but not by me.
I should have taken some of the old ones to the race I did this past Sunday. A group there was collecting old running shoes and sending them over seas to africian runners