GPOYW: From couch surfing to wave surfing edition. (Left: Seattle, Sept. 2010. Right: Venice Beach, Aug. 2011.)
Thank you for the birthday wishes! Yesterday’s festivities were a gluttonous good time, and it felt great to press ‘pause’ and enjoy myself. I’m in for 90 minutes of cross-training this morning, followed up by a few school-related interviews and a coffee date with a dear friend. Here’s hoping your Friday is fabulous!
I’m growing up! No, I don’t mean the fact that today, April 14 at exactly 4 p.m., I will turn 26. (Whoa? Seriously? So old?) I mean that today I have graduated in the running world. Today I will purchase my first pair of Brooks! Stoked!
I spent a good amount of time yesterday trying on tons of brands (thanks for the recommendations, all who gave them!) and decided Me + Brooks = Happy Feet. I’d been running in a pair of 9-year-old Nikes (9 years! Not gonna lie though, they didn’t see much use until this January), and decided a new pair was definitely in order. I contemplated a few pairs of Asics, but ultimately decided they had a little more support than felt comfortable.
And Nikes? Well, those are just pretty, let’s be honest. So I said my farewells on a 2-miler this morning and am officially retiring the Swoosh. So long, sweet shoes, and thanks for all the miles.
After breakfast I’m headed downtown to the local Runners Soul for my new kicks, more shopping and lunch with the parental units at my favorite all-organic bistro.
If it’s sunny out, I’ll be tempted to take my new shoes for a test run … so I just might…
More to come!
GPOYW: Before and
After In Progress, the Special Collection Hoodie Edition.
[Left: Fall 2010, posing strategically so as to (try in vain to) hide my stomach. There was clearly no hiding my rear end. Hoodie size: XXL. Right: Spring 2011. Hoodie size: Small.]
Went on a hikety-hike with my brothers and had a jolly good time. We played baseball with sticks and pine cones and later did our best Sasquatch impressions. Mom would have been proud.
Funny though, I used to get anxious on hikes that I would become out-of-breath and need to stop, or be unable to keep up with others. I realized yesterday I had forgotten to worry about any of that. It was a good moment.
In other news, I’m buying myself a new pair of running shoes for my birthday this week. I’ve always worn Nike, but I’m open-minded (err… footed?). Send your recommendations at me; I’m looking forward to trying out the possibilities.
And I’ll put ‘em to use, too, as (drum roll please!) I’ve officially decided my next race! Since before the St. Pat’s Dash in Seattle I’ve been working through the Hal Higdon 10k Novice training program, and it’s going swimmingly. I’m in Week 8 now, the final week of training, and have a 6-miler (furtherst distance evah yo) on Saturday.
Originally I’d planned to run an official 10k this weekend, but with the Great Big Move I’m extending my training by two weeks and running a 12k! That’s right ladies and gents, two additional kilometers for no added price! My race of choice? Just a jaunt on May 1 through downtown Spokane (where?) with 50,000 of my closest buddies: Bloomsday!
I’m pretty excited, and working hard to
coerce encourage my Dad and brothers to join me (my mom, a former runner, is out of the game after a bout with cancer last year; she’s an awesome survivor and champion on a whole different level.)
Happy training to all!