How Do I Explain To A Sales Associate That I Am A Runner?
I bought new running shoes yesterday and found it to be an odd experience. For years, I have laced up my Asics GT-2150, one pair after another. There has never been a need to talk with a sales associate when purchasing; I’ve known exactly what I want, where they are and how much they cost. Yesterday, however, I plunged into the world of minimalist shoes.
I have been doing all of my treadmill runs sans shoes for a while now (mixed into my normal outdoor road and trail running routine, of course). I have been reading and reading and reading about what others are wearing. And yesterday, I had finally worked up the courage. I was ready to make a purchase.
Oddly though, I had a difficult time explaining to the sales associate at the running store what kind of runner I am. I wanted to try on several different pairs of minimalist shoes and hear how each differed from the prior. I wanted the gal to know I am serious about and dedicated to logging the miles. I wanted to hear her recommendations based on the knowledge of who I am as a runner. Secretly, I wanted her to know about this site.
Even after twenty minutes, I don’t think the sales associate quite understood. While she was nice, polite and able to answer my specific questions about the shoes, I felt like I was having to prove to her that I really was ready for them. Maybe it was just me not articulating my needs well enough.
I ended up buying a pair of gorgeous New Balance Minimus shoes, but today I turn to you to ask a question:
How can we as runners adequately define ourselves to running store employees? What do they need to know? What do you tell them?