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I scoured the ads on Thursday with one goal in mind: new running shoes. Most people would just head to Kohl’s for something like this, but the wrong shoes can affect your whole body and even cause injuries. I’ve been to Performance Running Outfitters in Milwaukee and they do a great job fitting runners with shoes that work.
It’s because of them that I got hooked on Brooks Adrenaline. My oldest pair is from my first half marathon in 2010 (the blue ones at the bottom). I got my red ones a year later and then went manly with all-back about 6 months ago.
Although I like Brooks, I figured you could always get something better. Anyways, back to the deals. I’m obsessed with bright shoes and Saucony was offering 20% on their site (which you can still take advantage of through Cyber Monday with code 20HOLIDAY).
I pretty much had my mind made up when I visited Run Away Shoes in Appleton on Friday. I know, I know. You cannot and should not buy a shoes based on looks, but their ads in Runner’s World completely sucked me in (which is surprising considering I work in this industry and know all the tricks).
But after trying on about 9 pairs, I finally broke free of my Brooks addiction. I settled on the Mizuno Wave Inspire 9.
I loved how the Mizuno hugged my heels so they didn’t pop out during runs (which sometimes happened with my Brooks). My feet also felt very secure without the shoe being too bulky.
At first I thought the color was little out there, but the electric blue is growing on me and now I love it. But hot pink with green would be even better (are you listening, Mizuno!?) I bought these on Black Friday at Run Away Shoes in Appleton for $113 with 15% off. I thought this was a pretty good price considering some of their shoes can run up to $140-$150.
Question: Did you buy anything on Black Friday? Are you loyal to any brand of running shoes? And what do you do with your old ones? I’m hoping Pinterest can help me with that last one, but I doubt anyone is crafting with old sneakers.
Today I am praying to the running gods. I’m already freaking out about the Fox Cities Half Marathon and now I’ve caught a cold! It started on Tuesday night when I was watching “A Little Bit of Heaven.” (which, BTW, I cried at least 4 times. Watching people die puts me to mush.)
I started getting a sore throat, and I didn’t sleep at all that night because the pain was so bad. I was actually really worried that it was strep. Now, I’m not worried about that but I know it’s a cold. My head is congested, I keep sneezing…you know, the usual.
Last night I took some cough meds before sleeping for a glorious 9 1/2 hours. I’m still not up to par (in the least), but I’m hoping I’ll at least feel good enough to race on Sunday. Question: Have you ever raced with a cold? At what point would you not run?
Yesterday and today are the last two training runs. I skipped yesterday and I don’t think I’m running today because I want to conserve my energy.
Wellspring Cooking Class
For those of you living around the Milwaukee area, there is a cooking class I would like to share with you. On September 27th, Wellspring Organic Farm and Education, Retreat Center is hosting a Healthy Substitutions Cooking Class, teaching folks how to make healthy, organic version of kitchen staples (BTW, Wellspring is in West Bend, WI).
Take ketchup for example, a 2 tablespoon serving contains 8 grams of sugar. Luckily for condiment lovers, enjoying ketchup does not need to be a diet buster. At the cooking class, KC Thorson, local chef and organic cooking coach, will be sharing her recipes and tips for healthy versions of household favorites like ketchup, mayo, white and BBQ sauces.
The class will be held from 6-8 p.m. at Wellspring located at 4382 Hickory Rd. West Bend, WI 53090. The cost is to join is $20 for those who register prior to September 25, and $25 for those after.
To sign up for the class or learn more, check out Wellspring’s website.
Just BARE is celebrating simplicity in the kitchen with a 5-ingredient recipe contest. Submit at JustBAREChicken.com by October 9, after which the top 20 finalist recipe entrants will win $500 cash prizes and a spot in the brand’s first-ever Just BARE digital cookbook. The grand prize recipe will be chosen by Facebook and featured in Whole Living Magazine. Plus, people who place votes on Facebook are entered into a drawing for one of five iPads.
Recipes should incorporate no more than five ingredients. Chicken, salt, pepper and a fat source(s) for cooking do not count against the total.
Happy Marvelous Monday!
During my vacation, I attended Brittney and Ryan’s wedding, made some delicious Peanut Butter Special K Bars for a Hunger Games watching party at Sun’s and went to Rhinelander, WI. It’s 5 hours north of where we live in Milwaukee. And it looks — and feels — like a different planet.
Oliver learning to swim. He’s a natural and loved chasing after the tennis ball I threw for him.
During the trip I read “The Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin. I’ve been hearing about the book in the blog world for some time and I’m so glad I picked it up. For those of you who don’t know about it, Gretchen is a writer (former lawyer) living in NYC and she dedicates a year of her life toward trying to be happier without making any drastic changes.
Unlike “Eat, Pray, Love” where Elizabeth Gilbert travels to Italy, India and Indonesia, Gretchen focuses on the little things in her current life she can change for the better (changing her life without changing her life). So much of what she said resonated with me. I completely agree that it’s more difficult to be happy than it is to be in a sour mood. If I am happy and smiling, people immediately question it. Why is that? Why do we have to assume that being happy is somehow abnormal?
Yesterday on my 10.14 (supposed to be 11) mile run, an older man who was biking smiled and gave me the thumbs up to keep going. This small gesture made me so happy that it gave me the push I needed to finish those miles. I wonder if that man knew how much that little gesture affected me.
Although I don’t want to start my own Happiness Project, there is a ton I learned from the book and little things I want to work on in my own life, resolutions such as:
- Act the way I want to feel
- Don’t snap at Brenton (I can have a hot temper sometimes)
- Think about what I am grateful for more often
- Don’t feel guilty about going to the gym
- Not engaging in negative conversations (or, at least, limit them)
- Learn a new skill (i.e. crafting. My next project is finishing a necklace that inspired me at Strawberry Festival and work on some special WWCD – What Would Carol Do – bracelets. I also have a ton of projects I want to do on my Pinterest boards.
Question: What is one resolution you have to be happier?