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Sayonara, foot pain!

12 Sep

After the Camp Chingachgook Half Marathon (a MONTH ago?!), I mentioned that I was in need of a new pair of running shoes. My Brooks Pure Cadence had reached their peak mileage and it was sadly time to retire them. They were really a great shoe and I was bummed to read the not-so-stellar reviews for the updated version. While I procrastinated contemplated what shoe to buy next, I rocked my Saucony Mirage II. Unfortunately, the tendinitis creeping back into my foot was a tell-tale sign that those were not going to cut it either.

Based on reviews, recommendations, and shoe specs, I narrowed my options down to a few choices. After trying them on, I ultimately went with the Mizuno Wave Inspire 9. (Sorry, Brooks. Maybe some other time.)

When I put them on, I immediately felt the proper support, firmness, and control that my feet need. I also could not get wait to get home and go out for a brilliant run. After 4 miles with these babies, my decision was affirmed and I was in love.

In. Love.

In. Love.

Bonus: Their super lightness and bright colors make you feel at least 356 times faster and bad-assier. (Yup, new word.)

Even bigger bonus: After a couple of runs with these guys, my foot pain is saying, “Sayonara!” The tendinitis is easing away and I might get to save that KT Tape for some other time.

One of the really awesome things that helped me make my decision was this nifty Precision Fit tool that has you do a little test to determine your Running DNA and then recommends shoes that match your needs. Genius.

I’m looking forward to spending a lot of miles in with these beauties on my feet and something tells me I might have to buy several pairs when they go on sale.

Question: How do you know when your running shoes need to be retired?


Fall 5 or 10 and Back to running

16 Aug

I am so excited to join up with Mommy Run Fast for a virtual race series that will go throughout the Fall. The idea is to run 5 or 10 miles by the 5th of each month starting in September and ending in December. You can run alone, with friends, on a trail, on the road, as part of a race, or with green eggs and ham. Any way you’d like! All you have to do is sign up and then add your results to the spreadsheet provided each month.

Prizes are awarded each month for really awesome items of running gear and fuel from well-known brands (such as Camelbak, FLIPBelt, Kind, Gaiam, LUTA, etc.). You don’t have to be the fastest at anything, you just have to get the miles in before the 5th!

There is an additional option of signing up for online group coaching, which gives you access to a private Facebook page, weekly strength and speed workouts, tips, and group support. ONLY $24! I signed right up for that. That will be perfect for helping me gain a little edge for my next half marathon in October.

Sound good to you? Check it out and let me know if you’re signing up!

Click the photo to sign up, too!

Wednesday was my first run following the half marathon on Saturday and my legs were still feeling a little sore. I sure am glad I followed my 3 Day Rest Rule! Some aches and pains in my feet signaled to take Thursday off, just in case. I really really don’t want to end up with another Mysterious Foot Injury, so I’m not pushing my luck.

The weather has been gorgeous lately! A little cooler with a breeze, but bright and sunny. It’s reminiscent of Fall, my favorite season.

sunset 8_14 rbb

Weather perfection

I logged 4 easy miles Wednesday evening and then made sure to stretch. Tonight, I headed out for another 4.5 miles and it feels like I’m loosening up, but I need to get in some foam rolling and maybe some cross training!


Seriously, this weather should stay like this all year round

I’m going to be rocking only my Saucony Mirage II’s for a while. My Brooks Pure Cadence are donezo. I could tell during the half marathon that they were at the end of their lifespan, so I’m not going to be using them for running anymore. Everything I’ve read about the updated Pure Cadence 2‘s has primarily been negative in contrast to the feedback for the 1’s, so I’m not going to get them. Running shoes are too expensive to just go buying them all willy-nilly. Guess I’ll have to check out reviews for similar styles.


My feet look tiny from this angle

Dear Brooks…feel free to send me some shoes to try out…

Happy weekend!

Gearing up for the Boilermaker

13 Jul

As soon as I finish writing this quick post, I will be getting ready for bed. Why? Because we’ve got to get up at 3:00 AM to get ready and on the road in time to make it to Utica, NY for the Boilermaker 15K! It’s approximately an hour and 20 minute drive, but we need to be there around 6:00 AM for me to catch the shuttle to the start. That means a senior citizen bed time for this runner!

My awesome Albany Running Exchange pal picked up my race packet yesterday and delivered it to my doorstep! I am very grateful for that.

Then, I realized that the bib color I have places me in the very last starting corral. Say what?! I would be lying if this didn’t put me in an instant bad mood of disappointment and frustration. I knew my projected time should have put me in a different spot. I envisioned myself fighting through a crowd of 14,000 to get to a pace I was happy with. I admit, I may have even whined a little bit. OK, maybe more than a little…

Once I got over myself, I switched my focus to accepting that where I start doesn’t have to determine my experience. I want to enjoy this race, have fun with my fellow runner friends, and celebrate with my mini-fan club (parents and hubby) at the finish line.

Whatever time I finish in doesn’t matter all that much. Let me say that again. Whatever time I finish in doesn’t matter all that much. (OK, let’s put that one on repeat…) This will be the first official 15K I have run, so I’m guaranteed a PR!

Alright, enough whining. On to the important stuff. Here’s my race day outfit!


  1. Reebok  Core Run Tank
  2. Brooks PR Mesh Skort
  3. Brooks Pure Cadence shoes
  4. RoadID shoe ID
  5. Boston Strong BIC Band
  6. C9 by Champion Racer Back Compression Bra
  7. C9 by Champion runglasses
  8. Garmin Forerunner 110
  9. SmartWool PhD Running Ultra Light Micro socks

And now, a few fun facts about the Boilermaker.

  • It finishes at a brewery and there is free beer for all along with a party.
  • The 2013 winner of the Boston Marathon, Lelisa Desisa (Ethiopia) won the Boilermaker 15K in 2010.
  • Since it’s inaugural year in 1978, runners from 40 different countries have participated.
  • Running legend Bill Rodgers ran and won it in 1983, elevating the race to national exposure.
  • Kathrine Switzer was speaking at the expo today and I didn’t get to see her!

Off to bed now, I’ll see you all after the race!