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Monday, August 31, 2009

Throwing Out Socks

An amazing thing happened last week.  I went to run on Tuesday, and the heel of my sock didn't fit on my heel anymore, it was all stretched out as old socks tend to get.  Why is this weird, you ask?

Well, these socks are old, for sure.  I first purchased my first pair of running socks in 2005.  That means that this sock could be up to 4 years old.  I only know of the one poorly fitting one, I don't exactly keep them in perfectly matched pairs since they all look the same.  I was numbering them for a while, but stopped, and the one that is going out of commission is unnumbered.

It's crazy!  I have fretted over these socks before, complaining that they are $9.99 a piece, and that $10 for one pair of socks is just nutty.  But, they're important.  They wick the sweat away instead of being heavy like cotton socks get when wet.  They help prevent blisters, and they're seamless, so there's no annoying seam rubbing on your feet for 20 miles.  These are, in fact, awesome socks.  And now, it seems, they last a long time, too, since in over 4 years, this is the first one I've had to throw away.

I don't know how many pairs I own, I would guess around 9 or 10 pairs.  Unsure.  For being such an important part of my running wardrobe, I would say $90-100 over 4 years is a bargain.

And so, here they are, the socks I wear, and the socks you'll see in every running photo I have.

Balega Enduro Socks.

Goodbye, fair sock.

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