Last month I cleaned out all of the shoes from my closet (you can read more here – House Cleaning) I am happy to say that I got rid of a dozen pairs of shoes. To be fair, regardless of how the shoes looked some were quite old. It is just hard to get rid of them. I guess you really can have too many pairs of ‘mowing the lawn’ shoes.
I was getting ready for a run this morning and opened my sock drawer. I looked at all of the running socks. Some were looking pretty tattered. I closed the drawer. I needed some help this morning. I opened up my ‘new sock’ drawer. It is funny, even though I run a fair amount of miles without socks (the whole triathlon thing – see Summer Feet) I really do like nice running socks.
I like new socks so much that hold back 1 pair every time I get a pack of socks. I put this new pair in my night stand. It is my emergency pair of running socks. That pair is always there.
I think it is a scarcity thing, it is a security thing if you will. I always know that I have at least one new pair of socks. I use that pair for extra motivation for a race or a particularly challenging session. Wearing new socks helps me meet my goals. I will put that one pair of socks into rotation when I buy another pack of socks. I just really like having the safety pair of socks.
A lot of my socks have been worn thin, threadbare. With marathon season once again upon us I decided to stock up.
I still have the safety sock in the night stand but I also have a ‘new sock’ drawer. These will slowly make it into rotation (I did put one pair back into the night stand).
I don’t see a problem here (23 pairs).