Monday, May 17, 2010

I did it!

Hello Bloggy World!

A couple of Thursday's ago, I set off on a mission to get a new pair of shoes. My super cute pink and purple Brooks Adrenaline were really bothering me. Like, feet going numb, pain shooting up my shin kind of bothering me. I set out for my favorite store (Road Runner Sports—they have a 60 day return policy for any shoes you purchase there---if they aren’t working out, find a new pair and pay the difference—they donate your used shoes) and luckily, the store was not packed. I worked with a guy I ALWAYS see in the store but never had the pleasure of having a fitting with.

First thing, he measured my feet. I have been wearing a regular 8.5 to 9 in my past three sets of shoes. When Micahs measured my feet, he asked if I had been sized up before. When I answered no, he told me I was wearing a B width but needed a D width and only a size 8!! Talk about a change. I tried on about 10 different shoes and eventually settled on the Asics Gel Kayano 16.

I was not able to get out and try the puppies out until Saturday though, because of tests, studying and papers. I met two other friends up at the NCR trail for a 6 mile run and I was nervous about taking my new shoes out for such a long run, but decided I could give it a shot. Honestly, it was like jogging on clouds. I have always had various problems with my feet when I run, numbing, pinching, pain, rubbing, etc. There was nothing. Honestly, even my legs felt better running in them.

We completed a pretty easy 6 miles (ok—I need to step up—I have 12 6 days until the Maryland Half Marathon—and I want to live) and went to Wegman’s for lunch. I only mention this because I happened to see someone who looked very much like Katye. I sent her a text and she swung back around and I was so excited to meet her for the very first time and congratulate her as she killed her half marathon at 1:59 earlier that day!!

As I mentioned before, the Maryland Half is 6 days away. Since the Broad Street Run, I have run once. 6 miles. That is it. The lovely Katye has signed up for the race to be my personal pacer/cheerleader/first aid, and I am really aiming for a 2:40 finish. I hope with her awesome support, my lack of running over the last couple of weeks will have a minimal effect and I go out there and shuffle fast to reach my goal!

On a happier note, my parents, sister and niece were in town from Iowa this weekend for my college graduation. I took a less conventional approach, worked full time since I was 19, and changed my major maybe a bazillion times, so finishing was huge for me since it’s been several years in the making. I am looking forward to having some time off before prepping for the CPA exam (one benefit of changing your major a ton is you meet the 150 credit requirement as you finish your undergrad), focusing on running, home projects and being a better wife to my sweet husband who has supported and pushed me through the years of learning/changing/figuring out what I wanted to be when I grew up!! And I am hoping to get a big raise in the next couple of weeks!!

That’s all for now. Team Elk is running tonight, and we may have a new member! Sweet. Also, stay tuned later this week—I am going to have a giveaway!!!! You are dying to figure out what, aren't you?


Anonymous said...

yay for new shoes! It's about time for me to get some new ones as well. GL getting ready for the race!

Anonymous said...

1) love the Kayanos...hope you got the pink =)
2) can't wait for Sunday! I'm working on a race plan as we speak =) you will meet your goal if it kills me! and look cute cuz I will be running with the camera =)
3) Congrats congrats congrats! I started college right out of high school, and within my first year I lived in two different dorms, has three different majors, and then transferred. So i'm basically a year behind but I'm okay with that =)
4) when are you picking up your race packet??
5) What are you going to wear Sunday???

the dawn said...

Oh, I LOVE getting new shoes! Not only do they seem to have an energy of their own...but there is so untapped potential all bottled up in them. I get very attached to my shoes since they see me through so many miles and milestones. But the new ones represent the new goals and new achievements.

Good luck on your run! Can't wait to hear all about it.

Charm City Kim said...

that is crazy about your shoes!! I'm glad that you got it worked out though.

... it makes me want to get re-measured!

kilax said...

Good luck at your race! And congrats on graduating! I bet you had a ton of fun with your family.

I think I need new shoes too. Happy you got some!