The other day I did my mileage for the month and realized that it was far more than I had thought it was. Like nearly 100 miles more than I thought I had done! I have been waking up with a touch of an achy heel, which means I need to be on the look out for the onset of plantar fasciitis. It was then that I realized it was time to get a new pair of shoes and retire my SuperFeet for a brand new pair as well.
I headed over to Jack Rabbit to check out shoes. Normally I order them on zappos.com because I get free overnight shipping and you can’t beat their prices. But I figured that with the way my feet were feeling I needed to bite the bullet and get a new pair of shoes right away. As luck would have it, they had several pairs that I liked and the prices were comparable to what I would have paid online. They are also super helpful and knowledgeable. If you are in the NYC area I highly recommend their store.
*(Side note: that gash you are seeing on my leg is from dinner the other night. When we finally were seated I walked my shin right into the side of the bar. It hurt so bad I almost fell over. My husband didn’t see me do it but noticed tears in my eyes as we sat down. I couldn’t believe it when I pulled my pants up and saw that it was bleeding. Lack of coordination? Check. Still there!)
Am I the only one who feels like a born again runner when I go out for my first run in new shoes? I swear it felt like I had a new spring in my step. Funny because the weather on Thursday was so gorgeous here I felt like spring had finally arrived. The combination of the onset of spring (minus the cold rain when I finally got out to run) and the new shoes made my run feel…well the only word I can use to explain it is GLORIOUS!
Nothing makes me feel like a new and refreshed runner like a new pair of shoes. They just make my feet feel like they can go forever. Get me a pair with fun new colors and I am ready to go for hours. I took advantage of this feeling and did a nice 8 mile tour around the East River and Randall’s Island. I love a good rainy run and my perfect timing left me cruising past a bunch of exciting high school lacrosse games that were going on.
I mentioned before that I have been known to carry some interesting things on my runs. Well we are unpacked and happily in our new temporary apartment. Halfway through my run I decided that it bugged me that we only have sheets on our bed and I figured something more substantial would help me sleep better. So I swung by a discount bedding store I knew about, picked up a blanket and a comforter and finished the last 1/2 mile of my run with both in hand (or arm, or chest, or wherever I kept shifting them). I figured I would get some funny looks by doing this but I realized that people are always rushing and running around carrying something here. I probably just looked like any other hurried New Yorker and not even a runner.
Does anyone else love the way a new pair of running shoes feels? Anything else get you super excited for a run?