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.
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.)
[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.