Hump Day Giveaway: Pair of Saucony Ride 6

Saucony running shoes are far more comfortable--not to mention practical--than glass slippers.
Saucony running shoes are far more comfortable--not to mention practical--than glass slippers.

My first experience buying a pair of running shoes is a modern-day Cinderella story. In my version of the fairy tale, I was a junior in college and Prince Charming was my long-time high school crush named Tom. The "castle" was a running specialty store in Greenwich, Connecticut--and the proverbial glass slipper was a pair of Saucony running shoes. I was enchanted by Tom (read: crushed hard on him) from the moment I cast eyes on him in French I class, me a lowly freshman and him a dashing, square-jawed junior. We bonded over irregular French verbs and a mutual admiration of Bruce Springsteen. I watched him sprint across the soccer field, and pole vault at the track. My love was unrequited, but we parted as friends at his graduation.

Fast forward five years. I had discovered running via my college rowing team, and I knew it was time to find a pair of high-quality shoes that worked for my foot type. Enough with discount sneaks from the Caldor, the local precursor to Target. A blast of cold, air-conditioned hit me in the face as I opened the door to the running specialty store; my knees buckled slightly when I spied Tom against the backdrop of grass green, canary yellow, and ocean blue shoes. We played catch-up while he measured my feet (at last, Tom was touching me...well, okay, my stockinged feet) and brought out several pairs of shoes. The shoes that cradled my foot in comfort, and provided my 5' 11" frame with impact-dampening cushioning that felt cloud-like after the cheap bricks I'd be hoofing it in, were a pair of Sauconys.

My first pair of Saucony shoes didn't look nearly this bada$$.
My first pair of Saucony shoes didn't look nearly this bada$$.

Those shoes carried me comfortably across many challenging miles, including my first runs on the West Coast when I spent the following semester at a women's college in the Bay Area. The cushioning gave me an extra bounce in my stride, augmented by the fact that my Prince Charming had slipped them on my feet. Ever since, Saucony shoes have held a special place in my heart.

Now one lucky mother runner can feel like she stepped out of a fairy tale: We're giving away a pair of Saucony Ride 6s. An update of the well-loved Ride 5, the Ride 6 offers some of the plushest forefoot cushioning, according to a recent Runner's World shoe guide. This shoe is best suited to neutral runners, gals with feet that don't roll in too much after impact. (I swear by its stability sister, the Guide 6.) Like all Saucony shoes, the fit is ideal for a woman's foot, with a wide toebox and comfortably snug heel.

To enter to win a pair of Saucony Ride 6, entertain us with an anecdote about your first crush. (It's sticky summertime--we need a diversion!) Did you wait at the bus stop every school day, trying not to stare at the green-eyed jock? Did you hope the other oboe player would ask to borrow your spare reed in band practice? Did you share a glance amidst the college library stacks? We don't need names or too many details--just a snippet or two about a heart-quickening crush to be entered to win a pair of cush Saucony Ride 6. (If you're reading this post in an email, you need to go to our website and click on Comments ribbon under the post to enter.)

Pucker up: the Saucony Ride 6 in Citron
Pucker up: the Saucony Ride 6 in Citron

[Some fine print for this fine prize.] This sweepstakes is open to those over 18 and residents of the United States and Canada. It begins on 7/24/13 and ends on 7/30/13; the winner will be announced on 8/3/13. One entry per person. The value of the prize is $110. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Void where prohibited by law.  



747 responses to “Hump Day Giveaway: Pair of Saucony Ride 6

  1. My crush was my neighbor who I didn’t know was my neighbor until living in our new house for 2 weeks. My girlfriends and I would follow him and his friends around at the high school football games. He had the most beautiful blue eyes!

  2. My first crush…. 1st grade. He actually stayed outside after recess with me to help me look for my lost tooth…
    What a guy!

  3. My first crush was in fourth grade. I had a crush on a twin but unfortunately, his twin brother is the one that had a crush on me!

  4. My crush was one of a pair of identical twins. I became friends with both girls, but sadly, the other girl was the one who liked me. No matter what some people may say about identical twins, they are not the same.

  5. My first crush was my best friend’s brother’s best friend (got that?!) so we hung out all the time. I am a social and outgoing person but whenever I saw him I just choked up. He constantly made fun of me for being shy, which of course made me love him more! Haha! He ened up being my first kiss but it ended after a summer high school fling. Although I am happily married I still get goosebumps whenever I see him randomly around town.

  6. In 8th grade art class there was this blond haired blue eyed boy, don’t know if his shyness or the eyes that drove all the girls to have crush’s for him, and myself. Last day of school friends dared me to sit on his lap. I can’t pass up a dare, I walked over sat on his lap, kissed his cheek and said think of me this summer blue eyes. Thank god the bell rang. I changed schools that summer moved on. Years later working in a paper mill on graveyard someone said we had a new guy on the crew, just at that moment here comes those blue eyes walking down the machine room floor. Today enough though I don’t have a crush on blue eyes any longer, I sure do on our son who has given me 3 beautiful blue eyed grandchildren.

  7. My first crush was in second grade on a boy who was shorter than me and with a Dad 6’2″ and a Mom 5’10” my parents knew I was going to be tall. I remember them telling me that I would be too tall for him. I’m 5’10” and have always gone for shorter guys and of course married a man an inch shorter than me.

  8. I remember it like it was yesterday and even though I am happily married the memory fills me with longing and hearth ache. He was beautiful, tall, and blond! (I grew up in Mexico, so blond was not the norm) Every time school started I would scan the yard, looking for his fair hair, and I would blush with pleasure knowing he was in the school. One day, me not being one of the most coordinated people in the world, I tripped on my own feet and fell face first in the dirt. Suddenly I say this hand offering help… can you guess who it was? My beautiful blond Adonis. I almost died…however I managed a squicky “gracias” and fled as fast as my clumsy legs would carry me. I still smile when I think about it and maybe blush a little.

  9. Shaun Cassidy. I know, that shows my age, but between the Hardy Boys and Da Doo Ron Ron I could not resist. Plus his feathered hair was just so … perfect. Sigh.

  10. In kindergarten I had a crush on a boy in my class. On a class trip his mother forced him to share his orange with me….senior year we went to the prom together, but it didn’t turn out to be a love match.

    Leslie in NY

  11. My first crush was on a shy boy in 7th grade. I sat near him and he smiled at me a lot but we never expressed our feelings for one another. When I think of my first crush I can’t help but smile.

  12. In high school I would wait until I saw my crush walk past my house every morning and then I would leave and walk right behind him to school. I did end up dating him for 2 years. 🙂

  13. In third grade I had a crush on a very shy, very freckled super-smart little boy. On Valentine’s Day he gave me a Valentine with a heart-shaped Smurfette eraser! I never used that eraser….and I’m pretty sure that, twenty-some years later, I still have that eraser somewhere!

  14. I had a huge crush on the Canadian rock star Corey Hart. I even joined his official fan club. And yes, “I where my sunglasses at night”!

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