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If These Shoes Could Talk…

New York City apartments aren't known for their storage space, which is why you won't find my running shoes in a closet. Instead, they hang out in my living room, by the front door and under the couch.

I currently have seven active pairs of sneakers. Of course, “active” is a relative term. Two sets of these shoes are no longer used for running—I walk around in them or use them for low-impact floor stuff, like squats and lunges. And the lightweight guys (Brooks Green Silence and Adidas adiZero Adios) only see action when it's sunny out and I'm only doing two to three miles on a dirt path in Central Park. The Brooks Ghost 3 bear the brunt of my marathon training. I wear my latest pair for long runs (anything over eight miles) because I love their cushioning and the way they hug my feet just so. Meanwhile, the Adidas Supernova Glide 3 and Adidas adiZero Boston rotate in for short to medium distances and speed work.

Over the miles, sneakers practically become friends, and I can't bring myself to simply toss them in the trash when they're past their prime. Instead, I recycle them (check out Recycled Runners to find drop off centers near you) or donate them to Soles 4 Souls or Shoe 4 Africa. I'm happy to say that my old shoes have gone on to become rubber playground mats and help less fortunate people around the world.

How many pairs of running shoes do you own? Which ones are your favorites?

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