Five Things Friday

I have way too many random thoughts to be contained in a normal, paragraph driven post. So I’m jumping on the ever-popular X Things XXXXday wagon today.

1. I probably can’t even explain to you how excited I am for The Great Gatsby to hit theaters. (May 10th!!) Which is surprising considering my excitement to read the novel back in high school was pretty much nonexistent. The second trailer was released yesterday, but I think the first one is still my favorite. So I’ll show you both.


2. I’m back to square one with running shoes. I know, you’re probably not surprised. Despite what most may think, I’m not constantly buying new shoes because of my desire to always own something new. It’s simply because the ones I buy? Don’t work for me. I trained in the fall in a pair of Brooks Adrenaline 12s. They worked fine up until Philly Marathon and the Decker Half. After that point, my arches ached and required icing after every single run. I then transitioned into a pair of Mizuno Wave Inspires and the pain went away… until the week before ZOOMA. This time it seemed to travel from arch to the outside of my leg. Took a few days off and ran again – same problem. So I dropped from the half to the 5K at ZOOMA and ran in a pair of Pure Cadences that I use only for short runs. SO! I’m back on the hunt for a pair of shoes. The never ending saga. I’ve probably talked about this eleventy billion times on my blog but I promise once the problem is fixed, I’ll shut the hell up about it!

Brooks Ravenna vs Mizuno Wave Creation
Any recommendations for a flat-footed runner with a penchant for pronating?

3. I’m in love with the new Nuun flavors. new-nuun-flavorsAt first I thought I loved Cherry Limeade the most. I highly recommend mixing 1/2 tab of this one with 1/2 tab Kona Kola – it gets me through the afternoon slump at work. Then came Lemonade and it just tasted like SUMMER. It won me over with its effortless pairing with vodka and fresh lemon wedges. That is, until I tried Watermelon. It slightly edges out the other two. Unfortunately, that was the only flavor of the three that I DIDN’T buy a 4-pack of. Well until yesterday. Should be arriving by EOD on Monday. Whew, crisis averted.

Haven’t tried any of them yet? For a limited time, Nuun is offering a Summer Sampler that includes one tube of each new flavor.

4. I’m running the Austin 10/20 again this year.
austin-1020-bib-and-medalMy 2013 racing schedule started out really heavy and by the time the Austin Distance Challenge had wrapped up, I was ready to sail off into the sunset on a racing hiatus. I had roughly a month between the Austin Half and ZOOMA but apparently that was all I needed to want to race again. I was bummed that I had to downgrade to the 5K at ZOOMA and after some thought, decided to squeeze another race between now and the Long Branch Half Marathon next month Enter the Austin 10/20. I ran this race last year and it. was. AWESOME. I shouted its praises on pretty much every social platform I’m on because I enjoyed it so much (and even made it on to their Participant Feedback page!) So I signed up again.


2013 Boston Red Sox

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  1. um I’m so EXCITED for gatsby. It’s like my favorite novel of all time. I test ran the Brooks Ravennas and they felt really nice. I am neutral, footwise though!
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  2. Cannot wait for Gatsby to come out. I will for sure be seeing it right away!
    Have you tried Asics before? They’re the only shoes I run in.
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    • I ran in I think the 2150? They were my first legit running shoe but eventually we parted ways because I couldn’t deal with the blisters they gave me. I bought the new 2000s back in the fall but ended up returning them for the Mizunos. Maybe I should look into them again…

  3. Oh my…The Great Gatsby looks awesome!!!

    I have almost flat feet and I pronate…I run in Asics Gel Kayano and love them. But I will say, my mom just got the new adidas boost (she is very against adidas) and she says they are amazing so you might want to check them out 🙂

    • Asics and I have never really gotten along. Haven’t considered Adidas, but maybe something to look into? Thanks for the tip! 🙂

  4. So…maybe it’s not the shoes. I mean, if they worked up till the race you were doing, maybe your pain is coming from over-training? Or bad form? Or under-training and then trying to train at the last minute? Or worn out shoes?
    The Wave Creations are a neutral shoe, so I’m surprised those are one of your choices. I wish I could give you mine to try out!
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    • My thought was maybe the support is too much and that’s what giving me the arch pain. I took the Precision Fit test for Mizuno and it recommended the Wave Creations. Prob not as reliable as a legit gait analysis, but I’ve had enough of those that resulted in the wrong shoe. Worth a shot! If they don’t work, I can return ’em – RRS has a great return policy.

  5. I can’t wait for Gatsby either!!!
    Re: shoes: It sounds as if the Adrenaline’s support system was a bit too intense for you in the long run (no pun intended?). I have had similar issues with Mizunos feeling funny/hurting on the outsides of my feet – may be because of the wave construction somehow? If you do indeed overpronate enough to warrant a moderate stability shoe, I would check out the Asics GT-2000 or Nike Structure. If you had issues with both the Adrenaline & Inspire (or Nirvana? Just guessing), these two are very different and might work. The Ravenna is my love, but you may want to have someone watch you run in those to see if they’re supportive enough. Let us know what you pick. 🙂

    • Okay, your response is amazing – THANK YOU! I now know who to go to for all my shoe questions in the future 🙂

      Tried the Nike Structure a couple years ago – probably the worst shin splints I’ve ever had. I went to a local running store last week (this is the 4th I’ve been to, yikes!) and the ones that fit the best were the Asics you mentioned and Ravennas. After they watched me run in them, it was the Ravenna that appeared to give me more support. I ended up going with those. As much as I think another brand may work better for me, I always end up back in Brooks!

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