Hellooooo! How is everyone? I’m a little sleepy this morning, but that’s what iced coffee is for, right?
As most of you know, today is the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings. As a country, what happened was horrendous. As runners, what happened was unimaginable. I watched the race online from work for the first couple of hours as the first runners crossed the finish line. However, I had to turn off my live feed, and didn’t hear about the tragedy until it was breaking on CNN. I’ve never felt prouder to be part of the running community, as we all ran for Boston throughout that week.
I have an opportunity for all of you readers. For Dallas readers, come check out the social run at the Luke’s Locker near you. The run is benefitting Bostache—a fundraising project started by runners from Dallas that were running the Boston Marathon in 2013. You can make a donation online to the Boston Police Department here, and donations will help “fill the gap” on needs of the Boston PD.
Alright, now let’s dive into yesterday’s eats and run and then I have something pretty awesome to share with you all.
Yesterday’s breakfast was a Van’s berry waffle topped with almond butter, chia seeds and raspberries. I can’t get enough of these waffles; sadly, I am eating my last waffle in the box this morning.
For lunch, I had yet another slice of the pizza from Friday night. This pizza is seriously the gift that keeps giving.
By the way, you may notice my new water bottle hanging out in the picture above. Over the weekend, Mark and I picked up some ello glass water bottles at Costco. I love adding lemon essential oils to my water, but you can’t add oils to anything you’re drinking from a plastic bottle or cup (the oils will pull the toxins from the cup into your water). I love this water bottle so much. Call me crazy, but the water just tastes more pure and the bottle doesn’t get cakey when put in the dishwasher. Mark and I got two bottles for $15 at Costco. Totally worth the purchase!
When I got home from work, Mark headed out for a quick run, while I hung at home with the dogs. Once he got back (by the way, he is seriously shaving time off his run times lately, I am so proud), I headed out for a little 5k of my own. As part of my attempt to shave time off my 5k time, one of my weekly runs is going to be a 5k where I consistently push myself out of my comfort zone.
Since this is my first day of “training,” my goal was to simply stay below a 9-minute mile the entire time. I only noticed myself hit a 9-minute mile once and I immediately dug deep and sped up for the remainder of my run. 3.1 miles @8:33 pace. I definitely felt like I pushed myself throughout my entire run and consider it a good start to my training. I’m definitely in a better place with my running than I was even 6 months ago speed-wise.
When I got back home from my run, Mark was prepping some burgers to throw on the grill. I took care of the green beans (I usually work on the sides and Mark does the meat cooking), while Mark grilled the burgers. PS, the Ezekiel burger buns were amazing. I definitely reccommend them!
Alright, now I’ve got something to share with you guys. The time has come for me to order new running shoes. I’ve had the same pair of Brooks Glycerin 11s since August 3 and just based off a very rough estimation, have put about 700 miles on them. You’re supposed to change your shoes out every 6ish months or 300-500 miles. So I’m overdue, to say the least.
Typically I go to my local running store to pick up the latest and greatest in running shoes. My current pair cost $160. (I can never imagine spending that much on a normal pair of shoes, but for some reason, I didn’t even blink when they told me my total for these back in August.) Anyway, Mark and I hopped on the Running Warehouse website and picked me up a pair of Brooks PureFlow 2s for $50.
I am all about local running stores, trust me. I feel like a kid on Christmas morning when I go into one. But having to replace shoes every 6-9 months can get expensive, and Running Warehouse seems like it will be a great way to minimize the cost of new shoes. The website has brand new models, which are only slightly less than you would find them in-store. However, there is also a liquidation store on the site, where they list any model of shoes they are trying to get rid of. The PureFlows I got were listed for $59, and Mark found a promo code (FB15D) that knocked another 15% off.
I’m certainly not trying to take away any business from our local running shops. I still plan to shop there regularly. However, if you’re looking for a new running shoe and can’t afford to spend $160 like I did last year, Running Warehouse is seriously a great alternative. I am so excited to get my shoes in the mail within the next two days (free shipping too!).
Dallas runners, is anyone planning to do a Boston social run? Where do you buy your running shoes?