Double Down on Motivation Monday

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Since I neglected to post something last week for Motivation Monday, I decided to post two pictures today.  The first picture is a great reminder that even when it does not feel like it, we are making progress.  Getting fit and achieving your goals are not easy tasks, and with the pain comes the reward.

You got to keep trying every day

You got to keep trying every day

The second motivational picture today is one that should put everything in perspective.  Next time it is a little warm during a run or your side hurts or you would rather be lying on the couch, think of this picture, her story, and her resolve.  I know that I am going to.  This motivation comes courtesy of a victim of the Boston Marathon bombing two weeks ago.

You have to keep doing what you love.

You have to keep doing what you love.

And you can watch an interview with her on YouTube here.

The Great Shoe Search 2013

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Yesterday was the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in Washington, DC and one of Susan’s bridesmaids (actually, one of only three people that knew Susan and I separately prior to our relationship) ran it as her first half marathon.  She has been training for several months, and once the big day came, she was very excited and wanted to soak in the entire experience (as well she should have).  Well, Nike never half asses an event (a lot like Disney in this respect) and they never let an opportunity to make a dollar elapse either (again, like Disney).  So, of course, a women’s specific Nike event means that there will be a limited edition shoe, and in this case, that means a Tiffany blue pair of Nike Free 5.0+.  These shoes are the thing to get at these events (apparently) and our friend was lucky enough to buy a pair.  Of course once Susan saw these, she really wanted a pair as well.  But after coming to the realization that the only two ways to score a pair of these shoes was run in a Nike Women’s Half Marathon event or pay an exorbitant amount via eBay (like the runDisney New Balances), Susan moved on to wanting to buy a new pair of shoes period.

Tiffany blue Nike w/ We Run DC 4.28.13 on the tongue

Tiffany blue Nike w/ We Run DC 4.28.13 on the tongue

Our first stop was to the Sports Authority by the house.  The rationale was that Susan’s best friend had been there the week prior and saw a pair of shoes that Susan really liked.  Of course, when we got there, the shoe in question was not in stock in Susan’s size.  So we looked at some other options and Susan finally decided on a pair of Nike Free 5.0.  She had no plans in running in them, but she liked the way that they looked and thought they were comfortable.  Or at least initially they were comfortable.  Within the first 30 minutes of wearing the shoes, the sides of her feet were going numb.  Not good, so I returned the shoes and took Susan to the local Fleet Feet to have a foot assessment done.  The first thing Susan saw at the store was a sign that read “Do not buy running shoes by how they look.”  Great, Susan has already got a reason to be resistant to what the employees are going to advise her of today.  And after the initial assessment, they bring Susan three horribly ugly pairs of shoes that even if they were free, she would not wear.  And the lady even told Susan that the look was not the most important part.  That was not the greatest of sales strategies for someone not looking for a pair of shoes to run a marathon in.  But, at least we now know to be looking for a neutral shoe and the proper size as well.

Our next stop was Dick’s Sporting Goods, and they had a better section than the Sports Authority and their shoes were clearing marked with a color-coded system to separated neutral, stability, and minimalist shoes.  It was quite helpful.  The only problem was that they did not have any neutral shoes in Susan’s size.  OR that is at least what we were told.  The sales associate was a high school aged kid wearing basketball shorts and a t-shirt that kept disappearing.  We are now 0 – 3.  We decide to go to the Dick’s Sporting Goods at Wolfchase in an attempt to exhaust all options, and it was a great thing that we did.  They had a different selection of shoes that the previous store, as well as a sales associate that was determined to find Susan a pair of shoes.  Susan had multiple pairs of shoes to decide upon here and settled on a pair of Saucony ProGrid Ride 5’s.  She wore them last night without an issue, and is trying them out at work today.  Hopefully she made the right choice.

Susan's New Shoes

Susan’s New Shoes

During all of this shoe shopping, I also decided to purchase a new pair of shoes.  My current pair of shoes are too small, especially for running (completely my fault for not researching) so when I came across a pair of Saucony Grid Cohesion 5’s very cheap, I decided that go ahead and buy them.  Even if I don’t like them as well as the Saucony Triumph 10’s I wore the other night, for the price I bought them, I will get my money’s worth out of them for sure.  Of course, I nearly made a similar sizing mistake to my last shoe purchase.  I ended up going to two stores and made one return to finally land the correct pair of shoes.  And after getting injured, I am dedicated to doing whatever is necessary to avoid the avoidable injuries.

My New Shoes

My New Shoes

We also both bought some new socks, because you can always use more socks, especially when you are a runner.  I also bough a sensor pocket for my Nike iPod sensor so I can use it with my new shoes when needed.  With all of the purchases, coupons, returns, and such, I ended up qualifying for a couple of promotions (that I really shouldn’t have with the returns) that saved us about $20 on the purchases!

After skipping it last week, I will for sure have a Motivational Monday post sometime today.

Platinum Sombrero Sponsor #12

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There are now a dozen sponsors for the Platinum Sombrero 5K!  And I do promise to get back to my normal blog posts soon, but with as many sponsors that have come aboard this week, I have flooded my entries with their info.  The twelfth sponsor is Balega, a sock company with its roots in South Africa and a dedication to its patrons.  They offer a wide variety of sock styles, and finding the perfect sock for your needs is quite simple.  You can determine the appropriate sock for yourself by color, thickness, height, and sock family.  I have recently been exploring new running socks, and I cannot wait to buy a pair these and take them out for a run.  Balega will be offering up some socks to be raffled off the race participants.  You can like Balega on Facebook here.

Sponsor #12

Sponsor #12

Platinum Sombrero Sponsor #11

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The eleventh sponsor of the Platinum Sombrero 5K, and third to commit today is Sprigsville.  Sprigsville is the home of Sprigs, Banjees-wrist wallets, Earbags and more innovative, functional apparel and accessories (taken directly from their Facebook page, like it here).  The company has graciously donated 50 (yes 50!) of their Banjees-wrist wallets in an assortment of colors!  Banjees are great for running because you can store a variety of items, from cash, I.D.’s, and car keys all the way up to you iPod or cell phone!  They are also offering a 15% discount when using the promo code Platinumsombrero15 from June 15, 2013 through July 15, 2013, that can be used on the several other products on their site, like no tie bandanas, visors, yoga pants, and Earbags, to name a few.

Sponsor #11

Sponsor #11

Platinum Sombrero #10

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The tenth sponsor for the Platinum Sombrero 5K is Lock Laces.  I am not sure if anyone else has issues keeping their shoes tied while running, but this is a  huge problem for me.  I just recently discovered this product, and I have not yet used a pair of Lock Laces, but I will be ordering some this week.  Basically, these are elastic laces with a locking system that is guaranteed not to come undone.  You strap your shoes on and run without the worry or hassle of constantly tying your shoes.  Lock Laces donated 10 pairs of laces to be donated to lucky participants of the Platinum Sombrero 5K, as well as offering a free shipping code, KYLEJUDE.  This code is active today, and will expire on August 13, 2013.  All purchases using the promo code KYLEJUDE will result in 20% of the sale being donated directly to St. Jude.  You can like Lock Laces on Facebook here.

Sponsor #10

Sponsor #10

Platinum Sombrero Sponsor #9

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Today has been a big day for sponsorships for the Platinum Sombrero 5K!  The ninth race sponsor is FuelBelt!  FuelBelt has agreed to give all race participants a 15% discount on all products on their site (excluding Gatorade products) and after looking at their site, that will be 15% well used.  Promo code will be a part of all virtual goodie bags for participants.  There is a large assortment of hydration and racing products.  I am certain that you will be able to satisfy any hydration need with their products.  They even have themed products for the Ironman and Rock ‘N Roll race series.  You can like them on Facebook here.

Sponsor #9

Sponsor #9

Runners for Boston

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Last night in Memphis, the local Fleet Feet hosted a running event to honor the victims in Boston.  The Memphis running community did a fantastic job of supporting this event, and the turnout was even greater than Fleet Feet was expecting with over 300 of us showing up to show support.  Fleet Feet made t-shirts for the event, and sold them for $10 apiece with all profits being donated to The One Fund.  The support was so overwhelming that the shirts sold out within minutes (I was unable to grab one last night) and a second batch had to be ordered!  This was the second Memphis area run for Boston, but this was the only one I was able to attend.  We ran a neighborhood street course for about 3.25 miles, and runners of all abilities were there.  It was almost a perfect evening for a run, and the whole evening was handled like a sanctioned race.  There was a water station at the mile and a half mark, the course was marked off (but not closed), and there were post race refreshments.  Included in the refreshments was a keg of Samuel Adams beer, which was fitting.

This was the Boston t-shirt

This was the Boston t-shirt

Fleet Feet had previously had a Saucony demo scheduled for this date, so that demo was just rolled into the Runners for Boston event.  Numerous runners took some Saucony shoes for a test drive during the event, including myself.  I tried the Saucony Triumph 10.  The shoe was comfortable and more importantly, my feet don’t hurt from running in them last night.  I may have a new shoe option for the near future!

Remembrance boards for Boston

Remembrance boards for Boston

The local ABC affiliate for Memphis was there last night and had some great coverage of the event.  A local student played the National Anthem for the runners on his saxophone after 26.2 seconds of silence for the victims of the tragedy in Boston.  Runners were also encouraged to sign a board with the names of any victims or Boston runners that they may have known.  I was very blessed to be a part of this event and I was very pleased to see the support from the Memphis running community.