Ted's did carry this shoe, but unfortunately not in my size. They also had the Mizuno I wanted to try, but not in my size. I did have a helpful conversation about how one would switch from a "regular" supportive shoe to a more miminalist shoe that's closer to neutral (i.e. barefoot-like or zero difference between toe & heel). The associates reminded me that because a more neutral shoe has less heel cushioning, I would have to be sure not to heel-strike while I'm running or I'll do even more damage than heel-striking in a normal, cushioned shoe. They suggested easing into a minimalist shoe by only going a mile or so at a time, or using it once a week, and the rest of the time running in something more supportive. So basically I would need two pairs of shoes if I wanted to work on changing my gait. Since I need to research that more and I really want to try the Brooks before I spend at least $100 on shoes, I said I'd think about it.
So I switched gears and decided to shop for safety and visibility. Because I'll probably be running in the dark most of the time (either 6:30 am or 7pm) until snow or freezing cold cuts me off for the season.
|New Balance Visto Shoe light|
It also flashes madly and that's the setting I'll use.
Gave it a spin tonight. It fell off because I didn't know how to put it on correctly.
Nobody was around though, and I found it on my way home.
|Here's the shoe light turned off and unclipped.|
It just squeezes around the heel.
|I love this groovy Brooks half-zip jacket. |
I have vowed that all my running tops must be either be pink or purple.
This is perfect.
|It has a neat thumb-hole detail, my first. |
I also got a pair of Nike thermal running gloves for very chilly runs.
|Unlike Brattleboro, Keene has a Target. I stopped there and had to score these ridiculous slipper boots. |
How many snow leopards died to make these?
I also got a 12-pound kettlebell because I want to try a workout from Women's Running magazine.
That brings me to my November goals, especially the first one:
- blog at least once about something that isn't running or eating Paleo
- run 45 miles for Pile on the Miles 2012
- look into a gym membership so I can keep running even if it's freezing/snowy
- run the annual 3-mile Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving day
- go on the Putney Craft Tour
- make Sangkaya--winter squash with coconut custard baked inside
- figure out holiday cards EARLY
- do a bootcamp/kettlebell workout at home at least once a week, probably Monday evenings
- Devote Thanksgiving long weekend totally to family (and the Putney Craft Tour)
- figure out about gymnastics classes for our 1st grader
- convert our toddler to a "big boy bed," and also persuade his to stay there all night (he can now vault out of his crib at will, and has done so at least once a night since Halloween)