Thursday, September 1, 2016

Pumpkin spice and all things nice...

Can you smell it? It's the anticipation of pumpkin spice.... kids are donning their best back to school ensambles...  teasing calendars are now reading ER months.. even here, in the Valley of the Sun, temps are topping out at 102, mornings you can almost sit outside without sweating..,

I'm beginning to get impatient. When's it going to be autumn already?! Pumpkins, leaves, cooler temps, football, pies, harvest, gatherings... Ah, it seems all too good to be true.

So, what's a girl to do? Cooped up in the gym since April.. Putting in my time but losing my stamina. Adding muscle mass but losing some of that air fresh invigoration. I miss that "I'm Alive!" feeling. Aching achilles, sore knee and quad... something so artificial about the treadmill that it just makes me shudder thinking about my stunted gaint and my artifical arm movements. The stairmill? Slightly better if not for the sheer monotony of it all.

New Shoes. I SOOOOO need new shoes!!!

Kicking off another year of runners club

Since I started running as a adult (well, let's be honest - running EVER, never ran as a kid) I was fitted for and wore thru several versions of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS. It was my first fav shoes, my half marathon training shoe. So last fall, as I contemplated shifting this weight loss machine into the next gear, I ordered from Amazon (mistake one), my old fav, a size 9B (mistake two) Brooks Adrenaline GTS. Upon receipt, I happily popped them out of the box to take out on the road. Hmmmmmm.... these don't feel the same. Huh. 4 Miles in and my toes are turning numb. Come to think of it, my toes seem to be entirely too cramped in this shoe. What happened to my old Brooks?!

But I kept on running. Annoyed and concerned, I picked up a pair of Asics on flash sale (horrible color!) and started to rotate these into my schedule. The Asics felt big and boaty. The Brooks felt cramped but at least I didn't get blisters. What a mess. I've always had difficult feet. Very point heel bone (actually tore a hole the heel of the Asics shoe), very blister prone and the smell..,. whooo weee! Keepin it real!

A couple months ago, my mom had reason to go into the local specialty running store. I was along as an accomplice and the budget was tight. Out of curiosity, I had them size me into my favorite shoe. Turns out a 9.5 narrow would work. Imagine my chagrin when later internet searches indicate that 9.5 narrow only comes in one boring bland color.

Harumph. Eddy goes and purchases another cheap pair of shoes to rotate into her growing closet of craptastic running shoes. As an aside, can one ever really own too many running shoes?!

With my injuries becoming more nagging and the application of DoTERRA Deep Blue almost nightly, it was time to face facts. This wasn't working. That lovely autumn itch... that has me wanting to ditch my gym bag and literally run for the hills pushed me over the edge. More research, more wondering. Try a different running store. Splurged on new kicks. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16. I swear, I tried on a Saucony, and an Asics. Even an Adidas. Nothing hugged my heel like the Brooks.... I usually go for purple, so I'm turning over a new turquoise leaf...

And man did I want to buy trail shoes too! Brooks Cascadia, you will be mine before the daily highs dip into the 70s (good thing that gives me until November at least). Now, these shoes aren't made for walking... and Brooks, if you fail me now, I've got a pair of Saucony Guide 9 that fit almost as well on my short list!