5:38 new running shoes!

MacGyver tends to buy a lot of things at Dicks Sporting Goods mainly because it’s located a few miles from our house and Bass Pro Shops is over a half an hour away.  I don’t mind because he gets a lot of reward points and sometimes when he’s feeling especially nice, he lets me use them.

Earlier in the week Dick’s had a 15 dollars off 75 dollar sale plus free shipping so it was a prime opportunity.  We had to use both of our emails and I had to spend $42 but look what I got, two pairs!

Brooks Launch 4's

I have to admit I was a little disappointed that they didn’t have the new peacock collection.  I mean, don’t get me wrong, I am super happy to have the Launch 4’s and I would never have gotten them for that price anywhere else but the peacock collection is soooo pretty.

Brooks Peacocks

If anyone deserves to have running shoes with peacock designs it’s me!  Right?  I run with peacocks every day.  I should definitely have peacock designs on my shoes.  Maybe I should just go ahead and buy a pair but I’m waiting until I find them on sale.  In the meantime, I’ll just look at the real ones every morning.


I still have that twitch in my eye.  I had thought that maybe it had something to do with my thyroid medication so I stopped taking it for a few weeks.  That was not a smart thing to do.  Mainly because it caused my thyroid to crash hard core and it’s going to take me a few weeks to get it back to normal but also because the damn twitch is still there.  And despite all that, I still wake up every morning at 5:38AM without fail, no matter what.

So, last night I broke down and decided to try a half of one of the xanax pills the doctor gave me.  I was hoping it would help me relax and at least sleep.  MacGyver joked that maybe I would sleep in to 5:40.

Im wide awake

Nope.  5:38 on the dot.  Oh well, time to get the weekend started.

What time do you wake up in the morning?

Do you buy your shoes when you need them or do you buy them when they’re on sale?

Spines and shoes

My shoes still haven’t arrived! This is why I had to make a desperate move yesterday. I went to Dicks Sporting Goods and came home with the same shoes that are currently in the hands of the postal service and not wanting to be at their mercy any longer, I bought another pair. When they finally do arrive, I’ll have three new pairs of shoes.

So. Very. Tragic.

Cumulus 17
These are the Asics Cumulus 17’s.

When I went to try out some new shoes recently my first selections were all Brooks, since I’ve been mostly wearing Brooks for the past few years, but after mentioning to the experts at the running store that I have scoliosis they shifted gears. They brought out quite a few different shoes and then they asked me a few questions and finally I tried on the Asics Cumulus 17’s. The Cumulus is a model that I wore for years and always loved until I started wearing Brooks.

Let me be clear here and just say that shoes have never been my problem. My feet are also not the problem. Typically I wear a neutral shoe as I don’t really under or over pronate.
My hips are also not the root of my problem although they do bother me occasionally. My problems are all based on muscle strain and imbalances and all of those things originate from a curved and twisted spine, scoliosis.

It doesn’t bother me often but when it does it can be nightmarish. Running is actually healthy as it helps to keep my bones strong but long runs and poor form can be hellish for me. I didn’t realize that I had scoliosis until I was older so a brace was never an option. In fact when the physician mentioned my twisted and curved spine he was surprised I wasn’t already aware of it. I wasn’t.

About 10 years ago was the first time that I had any real problems due to scoliosis and that came in the form of sciatica after sitting for too long. That’s when I first learned about stretching and how beneficial it is for me. The sciatica went away and only returned when I would sit for long periods of time without properly stretching throughout the day.

When I started running again about 8 years ago I didn’t have any issues for several years but then came problems with my Achilles, next was issues with my hips and IT band. I also had a little trouble with my knee. What had changed was the fact that as the years went on I ran longer and the longer I ran the more lax my form became and that’s where my problems started.

asics shoesThe Cumulus 17’s are a bit different than the previous versions I’ve run in. To me they felt more like the Nimbus and I think that’s because the Cumulus 17’s have the built in FluidRide System that cushions the entire sole. It feels sort of like running on a cloud but it also has great traction and stability. It’s definitely heavier than any shoe I’ve worn in the last few years but it doesn’t feel heavy when you’re out running. I tested them this morning and I’m positive I made the right choice in going back to this shoe.

My Brooks Pureflow 5’s may still be an option in the future but for long runs and training I need a shoe that provides stability and extra cushioning. I’ll still have to stretch and work on my strength training regularly, and I may have to add some physical therapy into the mix but I’m confident with the right balance, I’ll be running as long as I want to.

Are there any obstacles you’ve had to overcome to keep running?

New Shoes, Oh Cheesus!

As much as I love my PureFlow’s, and I do, I need to change shoes.  I’ve compared the new 5’s to the 2’s and 3’s I’ve been wearing for years and there IS a difference.  It’s so minute that I didn’t really notice it but it’s just enough that it is affecting my Achilles.

I went to two different running stores and tried on literally ALL the shoes and the choice has been made but I’m keeping it a secret until they arrive…but here’s a hint.



I ordered two pairs from one of my favorite stores because I had a huge discount and it just made sense.  (Don’t worry I spent money at both running stores as well because, support.  Not Shopaholic.)

MacGyver and I are heading towards Venice for the weekend.  We had planned on leaving in the late afternoon (which to mean means after 2PM)but he finished all of his work so somehow that turned into, ‘I’d like to get out of here by 10AM.’  He kills me!  KILLS ME!

Apparently the man does not realize what a control freak I am.  Uh, schedule bitch, I have a schedule!

I may not even give him the new present I ordered for myself him.

grilled cheesusIt’s a sandwich press in case you were wondering.  Because everyone should have a grilled cheesus.

Since I am not running this week because I am smart, we’ll be in Nokomis, Venice and Englewood, and I am determined to walk on the Legacy Trail.  Hell, I might even get on a bike!  A. Bike.

And with that I need to get scootin’ because apparently MacGyver has already packed the car and God only knows what he has picked out for me to wear.  Forget the fact that it will be something hideous, I’d bet my good leg it doesn’t even match.  The man has an affinity for purple and green, it’s downright scary!

What are your plans for the weekend?
What running shoes are you wearing currently and why?    (This is for scientific purposes and I must know….)