Each year for the last four years I've saved up points in the My Coke Rewards program. When I get to 2,000 points, I typically redeem all of those points for a $50 Nike gift card.
Today I reached the required number of points -- but when I looked, there only was a $35 Nike gift card for 1,610 points.
I looked up on Nike.com the cost of the new shoes -- this year the neutral, cushioned trainers are $100, up $10 from the $90 they've been in the past.
But $65 for the shoes still is better than what I can find online, so I ponied up for a new pair.
This year is the fastest I've accumulated 2,000 points. In previous years, it's taken me about a month longer to do so and I usually am writing this post in November.
I'm glad to be doing it, since in May I had to pay full boat for a pair of Nike Air Pegasus+ 29's from a local running store after my previous pair of running shoes (with just under 306 miles on them) were presumably stolen when my luggage went missing after flying from Rochester, N.Y. to Atlanta on a Delta flight.
The replacement shoes now have more than 388 miles on them and I typically don't run in the same shoe for after I get 500 miles out of them. (Although in March I donated my Nike Air Pegasus+ 28/A's after running in them for more than 661 miles. I donated the predecessor of that shoe after running nearly 554 miles in those).
I lost a few running shirts I liked and also had my Garmin Forerunner 405 in there. That prompted me to replace it with another, refurbished unit. Unfortunately that one only lasted until the beginning of this month, when it no longer seemed able to acquire a satellite signal.
Now I am sporting a sleek, new Garmin Forerunner 610. I really like it but I much would have rather not had to replace my running watch twice.