I think I have a Problem…

Today was one of those really drab days that would be good for a run because there was a light mist but I did my long run yesterday and I am competing in a 5K tomorrow so today was a none run day (did you get all that, cause I did it in one breath!).  Anyway, I had to find other things to do to keep me busy, which is not difficult because I have not been home for a Saturday in quite some time.  So where did I end up?  My closet!  What did I find?  An overabundance of running shoes.  I know this should not shock you but it’s not like I am a professional runner and getting paid or even sponsored by Saucony but I am thinking I should be!  Maybe not a professional runner but being sponsored by a running shoe company might save me some good money (if you have any hints on how to do this, please let me know.  I love free stuff and I would whole heartedly provide my feedback to them through this blog). 

DSC_0194Anyway, it was fun to look at the past few years in running shoes and see not only how the shoe has progressed but how my running has progressed.  By that I mean how I started with a lot of padding in the shoe and have progressed down to not that much and now I enjoy a much lighter shoe that is not overly padded (no I am not into the barefoot shoe just yet but I have tried a couple of miles barefoot on the treadmill).

Now I have all these shoes and I keep meaning to take them to the running store because they have a box for recycling them which I love but I never remember to bring them.  So instead I think I am going to take them to my local Goodwill thrift store so someone in my community can benefit from my expensive running shoe habit.  I often struggle with the benefit of donating to a cause local or outside of my area mainly to other countries.  It’s not that I don’t want people to benefit in other countries; it’s that I witness so many struggles locally on a daily basis that keeping it local sounds like a better idea.

Okay, so I really don’t have a problem but I do have a lot of running shoes.  I’m sure all of us runners have the same issue too.

What do you do with your shoes?  Ever thought about donating them locally?

Sunday Lovin’

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!

My new shoes!  Love them!

My new shoes! Love them!

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.

My local rail trail that I love and today was full of bikes too.  "On your left!"

My local rail trail that I love, looked just like this picture and today was full of bikes too. “On your left!”

What a great way to end a beautiful weekend and begin what I am sure will be a tough emotional week.

Wacky Wednesday

I haven’t posted a Wacky Wednesday in a while but I thought this was a good description of what happened to me today.  I had a somewhat normal day at work seeing Clients, traveling all around with only one person who didn’t show up, that’s pretty good and what I like to consider a success.  I finished early (to me early is anything before 5pm) and was able to get to the gym by 4:45pm.

runningshoesSo I’m running along, with a goal to run for an hour but really thinking I should get in a long run which right now is at least 10 miles.  Since the treadmill only goes up to 10 miles, I guess that was really my cap tonight.

Anyway back to the story… at about mile 2 I started thinking (always dangerous!).  Earlier in the month I went and got my new shoes to break in before the crazy marathon thing that I signed up for, and it dawned on me that I bought the wrong shoes.  I know crazy right!  I even stood on the sides of the treadmill and tried to glance down at my shoes to make sure that was what happened.  I was such a crazy, sweaty sight.  “Oh look a crazy person trying to read her shoes in the middle of a workout!”  (I am sure anyone who might have been watching exclaimed this to someone)  I have been wearing the same brand of shoes (Sauconey) for a while and when I went into the running shoe store I told them I wear the “Triumphs” so they brought them out.  I tried them on and then bought them.  And tonight I realized that those are not the shoes I have been wearing (it only took me a month to tune into a purchase I made earlier in the month so I think that goes along with me being in a funk and maybe this in another example of me coming out of it).  I bought “Triumphs” when I first started running and changed to “Rides” and thought they were great and I was so glad I switched.  Ideally it would be great to take these expensive shoes back to the store and get the proper ones but I don’t think I could do that.  Plus I am wondering a couple of things: Do I go ahead and buy the Rides and continue my training?  Do I just suck it up and stay with the Triumphs?  Why do I lose my mind when I go into stores to get something for myself?  (I think it is just the pressure of spending money on myself because I am so use to spending money on others and Oh yeah this marathon running thing is a little overwhelming.) runningshoes1

In analyzing my wacky Wednesday, I think I have decided to purchase the new “rides”.  I haven’t really had a great run since I bought these shoes (the wrong ones) and I am hoping that the new ones will bring back that “lovin’ feelin”.  (Hey I couldn’t resist!)  Do you have any thoughts?  I haven’t made the purchase but since I know my size I will probably just buy them online with the hope that since I am doing it from the comfort of my own home I won’t make the mistake.

Ever realized a mistake after a month?  Please say yes because I can’t do this alone.  I need to know that there are others out there like me.  I would love to hear input.