How to buy new running shoes

Shoes are one of the most ‘complicated’ things about running – what’s supposed to be a simple sport! Rebecca from I Think I will Run Today posted asking for help.  Here are my tips:

1. If you liked either of the shoes you wore before, you could buy them online for cheaper than in a brick & mortar store. I search on google and a few other spots, and have bought from Sierra Trading Post and Holabird Sports for their deals. I only buy online for shoes I know I want, and once a year I go into a brick & mortar running store to get re-fit (and support my local businesses).

 

 

2. If you do buy at a brick & mortar store, you should not be afraid to take advantage of their return policy. Most places will let you return them within 30 days, even if they have been worn. If the running store doesn’t offer that, don’t buy from them. (What happens with those shoes: they sell them at running expo’s! Check out Road Runner Sports at the Shamrock Shuffle Expo and you’ll see their huge tables of slightly worn shoes at huge discounts).

3. When buying at a brick & mortar, go to the place you feel the most comfortable at. I would probably buy my next set of running shoes from RoadRunner Sports if I had to buy again right now.

Three Things Thursday: Fleet Feet Fashion Show

Last Thursday I went to my first Fashion Show!  Before you think I’m all fancy now, let me assure you this was the Fleet Feet #seeandbeseen Fashion Show, held at the Second City theatres in Piper’s Alley. It was a lot of fun, and I met up with Emily to enjoy the evening.

Here were three things that I liked the most about it:

1. Entertaining Show:

2. Cute Clothes for sale.  Not only for viewing, but I picked up some good winter clothes for myself.  I got an Icebreaker long sleeve, which I’ve been wanting to try for years (spoiler alert: it’s very warm!) and also Mizuno Breathe Thermo tights, which I’ll be debuting on my run this afternoon (in the 27 degree weather).  If I had an unlimited budget, I woudl have gotten stuff for everyone on my Christmas list!

(The photo of me is not from the fasion show, but I’m wearing the new Icebreaker top — striped, stylish & functional!)

3. Fun goody bag with take home stuff!

This is  just a small bit of the stuff! There were two headbands, a pair of socks, two water bottles (one glass one- score for office-time hydration!), a paper doll of Lauren Fleshman, and a shoe caddy for travelling with shoes.

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Would I go again?  Maybe.  The fashion show was a lot of fun to see what’s new in running clothes, however I didn’t like how crowded it was in the store after the show. Tons of people mingling and trying to find the clothes, eating appetizers & drinking cocktails.  I felt like I couldn’t move around without bumping into someone.  However it does benefit the Imerman Angels charity, with 20% of the proceeds from the event and sales that night going to the charity.   I’d probably go again next year if I don’t have anything going on.

Embrace Imperfection

It’s Tuesday, and I love the opportunity to take time and give thanks for certain things! I’ve been really working on my self-care over the past few weeks. Overall I’m trying to get back on healthy track. A few things I’m doing:

Getting to bed at a consistent time. I’m not perfect at this, but working on it. Getting enough rest seems to be key to living life well. My goal is to be able to get up consistently for morning workouts.

Moderating my food. I’m not trying to avoid ALL bad foods, but to limit things. And get more vegetables.

Not stressing out. I’m working on my productivity at work, and appreciating that I can’t fix all of the problems, even if I see that as my unofficlal responsibility. Not stressing out if I eat a treat. If I skip a planned workout during this off-season.

Working on my goals, even if only one step at a time. I’m working on getting faster, and getting up to a half marathon PR. Hopefully sooner rather than later. I’m also starting crossfit so I can get stronger. But I can’t do everything at once, so I’m not stressing about my other triathlon sports at the moment (cycling and swimming). I do a once a week bike workout, and actually haven’t been in the pool in a few months.

Bottom line?  I’m working at embracing imperfection.  

 

Linking up with Katie and Becky.