I have retitled this blog name in my head about 100 times and this is what I decided on. Sorry if it doesn’t fully describe what I’m gonna talk about but oh well, enjoy the blog anyway!
Today I’ve been an emotional roller coaster. My daughter leaves for college on Friday and whenever I think about it my eyes begin to leak. But I’ll save all that for another blog so you can skip it if you want to, but please don’t because if I am actually able to write it without my computer short circuiting from tears, I’m sure it will be good!
While on this roller coaster, I went to one of my favorite places, my favorite running store to get my new shoes. I know I have recommended being fitted for your running shoes but it is not just for shoes. It is for knowledge! I went in to get the shoes and then spent some quality time picking their brains.
Recently I’ve been struggling with my left foot, I seem to go through shoes faster on that side. So we laced up my new shoes and went out for a run. The salesperson (who remembers me each time but for the life of me I can’t remember his name) watched me on the first run out and then joined me to help me out. He gave me some great advice which included shortening my stride, making sure I stay over my feet and continued to emphasize running my own race.
After completing the rest of the day’s errands I did what every runner would do, I went out for a run at a local rail trail to practice what I had just been taught. I shortened my stride, stayed over my feet and it was incredible. It felt different and felt like I was slower but in all actuality, I had more energy, and was faster. I was even able to runner farther than I had planned and ran a half-marathon PR (1:55:00 almost 4 full minutes off of my first and best PR) which I hope counts or at least becomes a time to beat for my half-marathon race in October.
What a great way to end a beautiful weekend and begin what I am sure will be a tough emotional week.