Who knew there were so many types of running shoes? I think we saw every style ever made as we helped with a shoe drive at the Running Fit store in Ann Arbor. Randy and Steve and the rest of the staff did a great job getting their customers to bring gently used shoes to the store. Within a two hour period, we had over 350 pairs of shoes! We were so impressed with the friendliness of all the customers. Everyone stopped to talk about Soles4Souls and seemed genuinely interested in helping recycle shoes and get them to people in over 110 countries. One gentleman brought in a pair of shoes that belonged to his deceased son. I assured him those shoes would change the life of a person in need of shoes.
I couldn’t help notice several parents coming in with their teenage children who were also involved in running. In each case, the teenagers were articulate, friendly and “non-pouty”. Could there be a link between “positive” teens and being outside in the fresh air getting exercise? Seems like it is in Ann Arbor. Allan and I came away from Running Fit feeling exhilarated about the generosity from all the people we met. OK, we also felt a little intimidated by all the physically fit people we met. Tomorrow we step up our exercise plan!