You know you’re a runner when… you have a stock pile of running shoes waiting for you in your closet.
My beloved Brook Glycerin 8s were discontinued last year (something that my heart is still breaking over). Usually the golden rule is once you find a shoe you love – you stick with it… until they stop making it. The good news is that, when they stop making the shoe, you can usually find some pretty good deals online. I found my Brooks on clearance for under $60 last fall and bought three pairs. Hey, when you find a shoe that works for a good price – you stock up!
The Glycerin 8s haven’t disappeared completely yet (you can still find them online) and it was nice to just walk in my closet this morning for a fresh pair without having to think twice about it.
I took a brief break from my Brooks this winter to test drive the Mizuno route. The Mizunos worked great (hell, they got me through 2 new PRs!), but I definitely pushed them a little past their limits. My toes developed some blisters in the last few weeks of training that just didn’t look right. It felt so nice to slip on a brand new pair of shoes this morning – my feet were thanking me!
I wore my new shoes (and new Flying Pig Marathon shirt!) to the gym this morning to re-aquaint myself with the treadmill and weight room.
(p.s. totally digging the Flying Pig tech tee! It’s an asic’s brand women’s-fit tech tee that’s nice and long, but not too tight. It was just the right fit. )
My plans for the gym weren’t too ambitious. I brought my ipad and really just wanted to read while walking the treadmill. I set a goal of 30 minutes and found a comfortable pace at 3.5 with a 1% incline. Usually I’ll go for a higher incline when walking the treadmill, but my legs are still recovering from the hills of Cincinnati and anything higher than 1% was a little painful. Come one legs, recover already!
After the treadmill, I headed to the free weights for some arm work. Nothing big, just some shoulder presses, push-ups, and bicep curls. I’m hoping to get back with the Tone It Up plan when my legs are ready to be tortured again.
Breakfast was the real winner this morning.
Three defrosted Oatmeal “Cookie” Pancakes that I reheated in the toaster and topped with peanut butter, pumpkin butter and apple slices. Talk about a delicious morning treat!
And filling too. Either that or I’m still stuff from last night’s sushi feast.
Do you have a stockpile of running shoes in your closet?