There was an old woman who lived in a shoe ...

Do you want to see a woman like me at her absolute craziest? Observe her during the week before a half marathon.

You'll likely find her laying on the floor, having a panic attack amongst several brand new pairs of running shoes and living a modern day Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

"The Mizuno Wave Rider 10s are too small."

"The Reebok TruTraction Thrills are too big."

"Hopefully the Adidas Boost fit juuuuuuuuust right."

Clayton just walked in and saw all the shoes.

Whoa! If looks could kill ...

2 of the 3 are going back, babe. Put that throbbing forehead vein away. 

Long story short: I ran into a slight shoe problem last week. The Brooks Pure Connect that I purchased over the winter have proven to be unreliable for distances further than 3 or 4 miles (Blister City), so I was supplementing my long runs with an ancient pair of Brooks Launch and Saucony Kinvaras. However, I just blew a hole out the side of the Kinvaras and I'm starting to get shin splints from the Launch which means they're on their last leg, too.

All of these things are no bueno for a half marathon that's only 4 days away. 

I have my heart set on the newest Brooks Glycerins, but I cannot justify paying $150 for shoes right now when I just bought a pair of Brooks less than 4 months ago. I just need something inexpensive to get me through this race and the summer without totally wrecking my feet. Then I'll probably treat myself to new Brooks for my birthday this fall because I'll be 30 and my old lady feet will probably need the more expensive support. 

In a panic on Sunday night, I ordered a pair of Mizunos for a ridiculously low clearance price and then less than an hour later started doubting myself and ordered an even cheaper pair of Reebok ($20 with free shipping? SAY WHAT?). I've never worn either of these brands, so I knew I was running the risk of this entire endeavor turning into a giant crap chute.

And I was right.

Both the Mizunos and Reebok arrived in the mail today and they're just ... no. The Mizunos feel tight on my Fred Flinstone feet (and they're freakin' purple with a pink stripe. I am not that kind of girl!) and while I'm pretty in love with the look of the Reebok, my heel slides out.

Back in the mail they both go. 

Luckily, I met my buddy Maria for a quick run after work and she alerted me that our TJ Maxx is currently carrying Adidas Supernova Glide Boost 6s. (Are all of these shoe names killing you yet?)

I ran my very first half marathon in a pair of Adidas. I didn't know the first thing about running shoes, so I just bought something cute and comfortable (This was way before running brands ruined me). I thought there was only Adidas and Nike, and I chose the cheaper of the two options. I still miss those shoes.

So I picked up a pair of the Adidas Boost tonight and holy crap! I forgot how amazing a pair of Adidas feel! You know how brides are always like, "I tried on the gown and I just knew"? That was me, sitting in the middle of the shoe aisle in TJ Maxx: I just knew.

Now that this crisis has been averted, I can focus my attention on something more important ... like applying self-tanner to my legs so I don't look like a ghost in my race photos. 


Night all! 



  1. My doctor recommended a golf ball muscle roller for my shin splints, great tool for massaging, worked surprisingly very well helped and me recover faster than any other treatment! trust me your going to want to check it out!


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