Yesterday, I had to go to the Progressive office to get my car’s damage estimated down in Denver, and decided to run a few errands that are impossible to do up here in Summit County. Namely, get makeup from Bare Escentuals, buy Microsoft Office from the Mac Store, get new running shoes, and shop at Whole Foods.
Grocery shopping in Summit County is okay, at best. We have two main markets: City Market in Breckenridge, and Safeway in Frisco. City Market is over crowded, over priced, and doesn’t carry many organic or local products. Safeway is a bit better, and generally has better deals and better quality fruits and veggies. We also have a Natural Grocers, but the product choice is very limited. And none of the three have good seafood. Getting fresh, quality, seafood in a landlocked state is a challenge in itself, so, a trip to Whole Foods was certainly necessary to get what I have been craving for 2 weeks: Turbot!
After perusing the fish market section of the Whole Foods in Cherry Creek, I was able to procure roughly one pound of turbot (luckily, since I had to work Friday night and tonight as well), I was able to get it still frozen, rather than thawed. Stayed tuned for the tri-continent turbot recipe tomorrow! One of the things I really like about Whole Foods is that, even though they are a large big-business enterprise, they still do source a lot of their produce and goods locally. I was able to get Colorado grown “High Desert” pickled hot peppers. SO excited to try them. Call me a dork, but I seriously love wandering through that store, sampling, and finding new products to try. The whole time I was trying to find a parking spot, and paying $99.93 for two canvas, reusable grocery bags, I had the entire “Whole Foods Parking Lot” song & video running through my head. Check out the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UFc1pr2yUU
As my old running shoes are just under a year old, it was about time to replace them. However, I felt no real need since I was on a semi-hiatus from running. However, now that I’m running again, and have race to run in three week, dropping $120 on a new pair of shoes seemed perfectly reasonable. I cannot stress the importance of a good, well fitting running shoe. In the past, I would choose what looked good, rather than how it fit. I would get shin or hip pain, which I attributed to bad form or over training. In part, I was right. The pain could be attributed to bad form, which was caused by an ill-fitting shoe.
After reading about pronation, supination, a neutral gait, high arches, flat feet, etc. I was seriously overwhelmed and had no idea what type of runner I was and what type of gait I had to didn’t have. So, I went into the Runners Roost in Denver last March and had my gait analyzed. Basically, they put you on a treadmill, and record you running. Apparently, I pronated on one foot, and supinated on the other. After trying, literally, every mild stabilizing shoe in the store on, I settled on the Brooks Adrenaline GTS…. in a size SEVEN! (I’m a size six, who knew you were supposed to get running shoes a whole size larger due to the swelling that comes with distance running?!) The first run in the correct fitting and appropriate shoe was a bit different, as I was so used to cute shoes that didn’t fit correctly. Overall, what a huge, positive difference. My hip and knee pain disappeared almost immediately!
So, since I was in Denver, I had originally intended on going back to Runners Roost, however, I was on a tight schedule, so I one-stop shopped at the Cherry Creek Mall, and went to the Sports Authority Elite store (I’m not sure what exactly makes it elite, except, maybe the fact that they only carry premier athletic brands…. no Champion here!) Imagine my delight when the 2012 version of the Brooks Adrenaline color scheme changed from white, gray and red to white, gray, and PINK! Boo-ya! (Needless to say, I’m a bit more excited than I should be).
I had my first run on the shoes today. The run didn’t go so well (I’m a bit dehydrated, since I had a terrible side stitch), but, I couldn’t definitely feel the positive difference in shoes whose mid-soles weren’t completely broken down. http://www.runnersworld.com/article/0,7120,s6-240-400–14112-2-1X2X3-4,00.html <— Click to read Runners World’s review of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 11.
Yesterday was an expensive, yet much needed, shopping day down in Denver. Sunday Dinner Post coming tomorrow!