Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Is that a bouncy ball in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?

I had a whirlwind few days!  Sunday we spent the day at Niagara Falls.  I know, I know.  What were we thinking going there on a Sunday?  Well since we weren't going on any of the touristy attractions, it wasn't so bad.  It was Jules's reward day for taking all of his antibiotics.  He wanted to play games in the arcade and go on some virtual rides.  He had a blast, and I'm  a hundred bucks poorer.  C'est la vie!  So here are some pics of our day.  Fun was had by all!

Me in front of the Horseshoe Falls.
Why my husband shot such an awkward pose is beyond me!
And there is a bouncy ball in my right pocket!
Freaky looking kid, I know!  My husband insisted that I snap this shot of us in a mirror.
He thinks we look like "skinny" people.  Not quite, and I'd rather be fit!

Elvis getting his beads together.
Elvis waiting...

Getting ready to go-cart!
Doing what he loves best:)

So I ran my first 8k yesterday morning.  I am pleased to announce that I am now a good morning runner.  I can get out of bed, dress, brush my teeth, drink a glass of water and head out the door for a run.  The key is that I eat and hydrate well the day before.  Then I can do crazy things like run 8k at 7:30 am!  It was exhilarating and painful.  The run told me that I needed new shoes.  I was wearing my Brooks Adrenaline GTS.  They are woman's sizing (11) and a few times they have made my toes numb and my soles sore.  I also have a pair of Nike Dart 9 in men's sizing (9.5).  I know, I have HUGE feet.  Something I'm not too pleased about.  The Nike's have always been my comfier shoes and the ones I usually wear to run races in.  Sadly, they are also the first shoes I started running with and are ready to retire.

So anyway, my feet are big and wide.  My normal shoe size is 10 women's, but you should get your running shoes a size bigger because your feet swell when you run.  If your toes are touching or very close to the tip of the shoe, you will also get bruised nails before your time.  I envisioned my feet getting slimmer as I lost weight, but no such luck.  They are wide wide wide.  So I went to the Running Room today and got fitted for an new pair of shoes.  Check out my new ride!

Saucony Ride 5.  Men's shoes!

That's right I bought dude shoes.  You know why?  The women's sizing is too narrow for my feet and that is why my feet go numb on long runs.  So sad that I can never purchase a bitch'in pair of purple shoes...but comfort is more important.  It was a toss up between these and Brooks Pure Cadence.  They were lime green!  I did my first run in them this evening and they ran like a dream. I also bought a proper fuel belt and pouch for my android so I can continue to track my runs on my Nike+Running app.  I love that thing! I ran over 100k in the month of July.  I didn't track about 4 of my runs, so that number would actually be more like 120k.  I'm really getting up there in mileage. Thank goodness for my employee discount at the Running Room!  I'll need another new pair of shoes in no time!

My very grown up looking fuel belt.  Ran with it tonight and it
will take a bit of time getting used to.

Yesterday my girlfriend and her two children from Salt Spring Island, BC came to spend a couple of days with us.  It was a lot of fun and I've really missed her.  It was good to catch up and it felt like I just saw her last week as opposed to last year!  Kiran is training for a 1/2 triathlon, so we got to run together twice.  I took her to my clinic on Monday night and we did a quick 4k tonight just before my husband drove her back to her family in Toronto.  It was with a heavy heart that I said goodbye.  Hopefully next year, we can go out her way for a visit.  Salt Spring Island looks gorgeous!

We both look a little crazy!  It was HOT and HUMID
and we just finished running 4k.  Good times:)