I've had a fun and productive holiday weekend! Chasen and I saw two movies (Hancock, A+, and Wanted, D-) and got our house in tip-top shape. Our list of projects is almost down to nothing!
On Saturday we found our way to Breakaway Athletics in Memphis. For the record, I have been envious of cities with Fleet Feet Sports for ages, and finally I live close to one. However, at the 5K on Thursday I saw a bumper sticker from Breakaway. It said "I Eat Miles For Breakfast." How clever! So I looked them up. Prominently displayed on their homepage was a foot analyzer machine. Intrigued, we set out to find them.
Unlike my favorite running store in Little Rock, I was not made to run and walk for the salesman. However, he has the special machine! I stood on it and an image of each foot was displayed. Interesting fact: I put WAY more stress on the left foot. We figured that was probably due to the injury in the right foot, i.e. I baby it. After the stand test I did have to take one stride with each foot across the machine. Again, I stress the right foot less (at this point it was a no-brainer). It showed that I stress the interior of my left big toe quite a but -- and that is exactly where I get horrendous blisters during marathons (all two -- but I have been consistent).
I was, of course, asked what I have been running in. Brooks. I tested Brooks, New Balance (which looked very cool!) and Asics (Chasen is an Asics man, and there is an Asics store not far from our new house). As much as I tried to go a new direction... the Brooks Adrenaline just fit like they were meant for me. My exact words were "These feel like home." Lesson learned: if it ain't broke, don't fix it. :)
So this morning I was up at 5 AM to break in the new Brooks (and Maddy, you were right -- I went from DA BOOT to DA BRACE to DA BROOKS!!!) I believe I have touched before upon the fact that I mostly never eat anything before short runs. And we had eaten a pretty substantial meal shortly before bedtime last night. Well, long story short, I got out there this morning was just way too hungry and didn't have much energy and called it quits after 2.5 miles, mostly walked. From now on I'll have a little snack no matter what! After all, training for the Worldwide Half Marathon is upon us!