Kindrunner Has Officially Launched!

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Today is the day!  I am an ambassador for KindRunner and today you can finally see what KindRunner is all about!  KindRunner is a new and exciting shoe buying experience.  If you are like me, you probably do extensive research on the shoes you want to purchase, visit multiple stores, and end up buying them online at a discounted rate.  Now, you do not have to do all of that work!  KindRunner will have the expert analysis, reviews, and top-notch selection for you shoe selection needs at a reasonable and competitive cost.  You will get these benefits while also significantly reducing your carbon footprint by recycling your old shoes!  The shipping of your returned shoes, as well as your purchased shoes is always free!  In addition, there are several features at KindRunner that you will not find anywhere else.  Let’s explore some of the KindRunner features.

Be A KindRunner

Be A KindRunner

Free 3 Way Shipping: This is a very simple concept.  You get free shipping on all purchases, you get free shipping on any return for any reason, and you get free shipping on any shoe that you donate to KindRunner.  Your donated shoes will then be re-purposed to Soles 4 Souls or The More Foundation Group.  This is a win, win, win, win situation!

Soles 4 Souls

Soles 4 Souls

Confident Runner Pricing: This will be an option at checkout for those of us that are confident that we know what product that we want.  In this option you will waive your free return shipping (because you know the product that you need and will not be making a return) and in turn, you get a discounted price on your item.  Your shipping is still free, as is your donated shoes shipping, but by saving KindRunner the postage for return shipping that would not be used, you get your shoes below retail price!

Is this your closet?

Is this your closet?

Kindness Cash Rewards Program (KCR):  This is the program in which you get paid to donate your old shoes, thus eliminating them from landfills and the 90-100 year wait for them to begin to decompose.  Credit that is earned in this program can be applied to anything on the website, so if you have all the shoes you need for now, you can buy a watch or another accessory with the credit.  KCR are available to anyone that purchases shoes at KindRunner.  Once you receive your new shoes, you have the option to place your old and worn out shoes in the box and affix the pre-paid return label.  Once your old shoes are received at KindRunner, your label will be scanned and the KCR will be placed into your KindRunner account.  Each return label, regardless of the amount of shoes within (1 minimum obviously) is worth $10 per purchased shoe!  So if you buy five pairs of shoes and return one pair of old shoes, you would get $50 KCR!  KCR is goof for any item on the site and will never expire!

1 year on feet, 99 underground

1 year on feet, 99 underground

Expert Product Reviews:  There have been a few floating around the KindRunner YouTube page, but everything sold on the site will come with an expert product review video on the same page in which the product is listed.  This will be very beneficial when trying to decide between two pairs of shoes or it a watch is worth the purchase price.  Reviews are conducted by various individuals that have worked in the running industry for numerous years as shoe reps, store owners, or expert shoe fitters at one of the oldest shoe stores in America.  This knowledge and expertise helps bring you the feel and knowledge of you local specialty shop to your home computer (or smartphone or any other web enabled device)!

The More Foundation Group

The More Foundation Group

Easy 365 Returns:  If you buy it at KindRunner, you are guaranteed 365 days to return the product provided that it is in its original packaging and in its original condition.  If you get injured and cannot use the shoe, return it with zero cost and hassle.  Or if your doctor wants you to use a different shoe, return it with no issue.

Facebook:  Like KindRunner on Facebook here, and for every 500 likes, they will give away a pair of running shoes to one lucky winner and a running partner of their choice, provided that said partner is also a fan of the site!

Donate your shoes & help those in need

Donate your shoes & help those in need

Early Adopters:  As an added bonus for the first 500 customers of KindRunner will be entitled to “Free Socks for Life!”  Each time one of the first 500 return to the site and purchase a new pair a shoes, they will be allowed to choose a free pair of socks that will be shipped with their new shoes!  As long as you keep running, you will keep getting socks, and reducing you shoes’ carbon footprint!

If I left anything out of this post, you can check my earlier blog entry about KindRunner here.

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Be a Kind Runner

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There is an exciting new website launching on 6/1 called kindrunner.com.  The idea behind the site is simple.  As runners, we have to buy shoes.  Lots of shoes.  Especially when we are training for a race.  And of course, the larger runners out there, like me, tend to be even rougher on shoes and thus, require even more shoe purchases.  This can leave a very large burden on the environment because a typical pair of shoes takes between 90 and 100 years to begin to decompose.  Or, if you are like me, these shoes just pile up in your closet because you think you will find a use for them, even though we all know that this will not happen.

Kindrunner is shoe store with a mission.  You will still receive expert advice and assistance with shoe orders, but there is an added bonus.  If you trade in your old shoes, you will receive cash/credit towards the purchase of new shoes.  You are going to buy new shoes anyway, and you need to do something with your old shoes, so why not get paid to do so while helping those in need?

Donate your shoes & help those in need

Donate your shoes & help those in need

And what is happening with these old shoes?  They are being donated to those less fortunate than us.  We may have maxed out the mileage on our shoes for running, but there is plenty of life left in them for someone that has no shoes.  Soles 4 Souls and the More Foundation are a couple of examples of where your shoe donation will be going.

Even though the site does not launch until June 1, Kindrunner is having several giveaways on their various social media platforms.  One example is for every 500 “likes” on Facebook, Kindrunner will be giving away a selected pair of running shoes to one lucky Facebook fan and a running partner of their choice, provided that the running partner is also a Facebook fan.

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More information will be coming soon!

The Great Shoe Search 2013

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Yesterday was the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in Washington, DC and one of Susan’s bridesmaids (actually, one of only three people that knew Susan and I separately prior to our relationship) ran it as her first half marathon.  She has been training for several months, and once the big day came, she was very excited and wanted to soak in the entire experience (as well she should have).  Well, Nike never half asses an event (a lot like Disney in this respect) and they never let an opportunity to make a dollar elapse either (again, like Disney).  So, of course, a women’s specific Nike event means that there will be a limited edition shoe, and in this case, that means a Tiffany blue pair of Nike Free 5.0+.  These shoes are the thing to get at these events (apparently) and our friend was lucky enough to buy a pair.  Of course once Susan saw these, she really wanted a pair as well.  But after coming to the realization that the only two ways to score a pair of these shoes was run in a Nike Women’s Half Marathon event or pay an exorbitant amount via eBay (like the runDisney New Balances), Susan moved on to wanting to buy a new pair of shoes period.

Tiffany blue Nike w/ We Run DC 4.28.13 on the tongue

Tiffany blue Nike w/ We Run DC 4.28.13 on the tongue

Our first stop was to the Sports Authority by the house.  The rationale was that Susan’s best friend had been there the week prior and saw a pair of shoes that Susan really liked.  Of course, when we got there, the shoe in question was not in stock in Susan’s size.  So we looked at some other options and Susan finally decided on a pair of Nike Free 5.0.  She had no plans in running in them, but she liked the way that they looked and thought they were comfortable.  Or at least initially they were comfortable.  Within the first 30 minutes of wearing the shoes, the sides of her feet were going numb.  Not good, so I returned the shoes and took Susan to the local Fleet Feet to have a foot assessment done.  The first thing Susan saw at the store was a sign that read “Do not buy running shoes by how they look.”  Great, Susan has already got a reason to be resistant to what the employees are going to advise her of today.  And after the initial assessment, they bring Susan three horribly ugly pairs of shoes that even if they were free, she would not wear.  And the lady even told Susan that the look was not the most important part.  That was not the greatest of sales strategies for someone not looking for a pair of shoes to run a marathon in.  But, at least we now know to be looking for a neutral shoe and the proper size as well.

Our next stop was Dick’s Sporting Goods, and they had a better section than the Sports Authority and their shoes were clearing marked with a color-coded system to separated neutral, stability, and minimalist shoes.  It was quite helpful.  The only problem was that they did not have any neutral shoes in Susan’s size.  OR that is at least what we were told.  The sales associate was a high school aged kid wearing basketball shorts and a t-shirt that kept disappearing.  We are now 0 – 3.  We decide to go to the Dick’s Sporting Goods at Wolfchase in an attempt to exhaust all options, and it was a great thing that we did.  They had a different selection of shoes that the previous store, as well as a sales associate that was determined to find Susan a pair of shoes.  Susan had multiple pairs of shoes to decide upon here and settled on a pair of Saucony ProGrid Ride 5’s.  She wore them last night without an issue, and is trying them out at work today.  Hopefully she made the right choice.

Susan's New Shoes

Susan’s New Shoes

During all of this shoe shopping, I also decided to purchase a new pair of shoes.  My current pair of shoes are too small, especially for running (completely my fault for not researching) so when I came across a pair of Saucony Grid Cohesion 5’s very cheap, I decided that go ahead and buy them.  Even if I don’t like them as well as the Saucony Triumph 10’s I wore the other night, for the price I bought them, I will get my money’s worth out of them for sure.  Of course, I nearly made a similar sizing mistake to my last shoe purchase.  I ended up going to two stores and made one return to finally land the correct pair of shoes.  And after getting injured, I am dedicated to doing whatever is necessary to avoid the avoidable injuries.

My New Shoes

My New Shoes

We also both bought some new socks, because you can always use more socks, especially when you are a runner.  I also bough a sensor pocket for my Nike iPod sensor so I can use it with my new shoes when needed.  With all of the purchases, coupons, returns, and such, I ended up qualifying for a couple of promotions (that I really shouldn’t have with the returns) that saved us about $20 on the purchases!

After skipping it last week, I will for sure have a Motivational Monday post sometime today.

Cool Shoes

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Since my wife’s favorite place on earth is Disney and they just made a major announcement on the running front, I thought I would share it on here.  Disney announced that New Balance as the official shoe of runDisney as well as the official shoe of Walt Disney World, Disneyland, ESPN Wide World of Sports, all amateur baseball events, and as the title sponsor of the track and field event held at ESPN Wide World of Sports.  The agreement is a multi-year agreement with numerous endeavors coming down the line.  Some of the most exciting news (especially to Susan) was the revealing of special edition 860v3 shoes.  Sadly, they are only available at the expo this weekend, so she won’t be getting a pair yet, but here they are none the less:

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Mickey (Photo courtesy of runDisney)

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Minnie (Photo courtesy of runDisney)