Sunday, November 29, 2009

Out with the Old; In with the New!

Out with the old Asics Running Shoes; In with the new Asics Running Shoes!

It is with a sense of sadness that I bid a fond farewell to my old running shoes. We have been through a lot together!

They got me through a lot of training.

They carried me across the finish line after my first 5k back in May.


They were with me when I walked 60 miles in the Breast Cancer 3Day.

They were with me every step of the Milk Run 5k.

They were there for the scantily clad James Page Blubber Run.


They even patiently obeyed when I took them out for a cold, rainy 10k in October.

In total, there were 4 5ks and 1 10k, plus the 60 miles...and all of that training!

The average shoe last approx. 500 miles. Between exercise, training, biking, mine last about 6 months or so. I may have underestimated; I may need another pair before August, since I will be training for 10 miles this year. We will see! My right hip and lower back are usually the best indicators for me when it is time to get a new pair. I was feeling the need about a month ago, but wanted to stretch it out until I had completed the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving. Race done, Women's Foot Locker coupon in the mail - it was time!

Not being one that likes to break in new shoes, I was more than happy to get the same model I had last time, just in pink instead of blue! The salesperson was trying to tell me that they are now better than my last pair because blah blah blah. They lost me when I saw the color!

Sorry these pictures are not better of the shoes. I took them with the iPhone as the Art Director was not home at the time!

You can see I did some Christmas damage as well today. Except for a few minor items, I am happy to say I got my shopping done this weekend! Between Friday's shopping online (Oh, Etsy how I love thee) and a trip to the almost EMPTY mall today, I can almost say "Done and Dusted!"

Despite the joy from today's running shoe purchase, I did have a very sad moment. I went into J.Crew to hit the sale racks for a gift or two. After I had gathered what I went in for, I let myself dream. There were some amazing things! I can see that they are very similar to items I have purchased in the past. I love the Jackie Cardigans at JCrew and they have newer colors this year. I love the Pencil Skirts at JCrew. I love their Embellished T-shirts. Sigh. I went online to try and find the amazing pink cardigan with black polka dots that almost brought me to tears. I can't even find it on-line. That I will take as a good sign!

I finished my shopping and got the heck out of there! I did not even cave for a fancy coffee drink at Caribou!

Instead, I came home and had my lunch. A turkey wrap with cheddar cheese and spinach; and I had my dessert that was going to be for dinner! Sweet potato pie!

Speaking of pie, check out this baby!

It is a recipe from Joy the Baker. I had every intention of baking this and taking it to Gretchen's house for her daughter Kaylee. It took longer to make than expected; note to self to calculate such things ahead of time! Besides the time, there is also the issue of not looking perfect. I am afraid of pie dough! I have made apple pie before. Correction. I have made the fillings for apple pie before, but I have never made a homemade pie crust before. Me and the Pillsbury dough boy were tight, so to speak.

This is the result. I will make Kaylee a different one, next weekend perhaps?

I hope your weekend was a long relaxing one. I am not ready for Monday, but when am I ever?

Thanks for checking in!



  1. Pie crust is daunting at first...looks like you did great! I am a firm believer that every pie baker needs a french rolling pin :) At least THIS pie baker does.

    Maybe Santa will bring you one and he'll bring me a new set of running shoes~