When Erin and I got married, we had all these wooden painted signs decorating our reception. “All because two people fell in love,” for example, and a bunch of others like it. Interestingly, only one made its way back to our home, as a keepsake to remind us of the special day:
Hmm. With this in mind, take a look at the cool stuff Erin and I got this weekend!
Erin made a trip to Fleet Feet Sports Baltimore, the running store where she used to work, and still her favorite. Check out the haul:
New kicks, a bunch of Balega socks (buy three, get one free), a great running watch, this huge-ass tub of BlisterShield powder (we had to get a second mortgage to pay for it, but it works), and a sticker! Plus a few items from the unmentionables (and apparently, unpicturables) counter.
Great stuff, huh? Estimated value of Showcase #1: $300.
And what wonders does Showcase #2, Matt’s showcase, hold in store for us? Wait for it, wait for it…
That’s right. Band-Aids. Woo-hoo. Estimated value of Showcase #2: $4.99.
Ok, I kid because I love. While Erin undeniably got the better end of the deal this weekend, I must admit that I’ve exaggerated. Four pairs of socks are for me, and so is the powder—I’m the one with blister issues, remember? But I still didn’t get no friggin’ shoes and watch!
Actually, I’m really excited about my Band Aid Blister Cushions. (I wonder if anyone has ever typed that sentence before.) I found out about them via the blog Westford Mommy, where it seems I’ve been getting lots of good running ideas recently. Robin, the author, is training to qualify for Boston this Fall too, and our races happen to be on the same day!
I kind of hoped my blisters would be taken care of by the new socks and powder, so I wasn’t quite motivated to buy these Band Aids until after my run yesterday, when my blister foot was killing me again! When I looked at it, I realized that there is now a third blister underneath which has taken over the previous two and is thought to be targeting Tokyo next.
But the instant I put on one of these blister cushions, the pain was gone! It was amazing. Somehow, it actually does cushion the blister, so that when I put weight on it, it doesn’t hurt anymore. This is so important, because my biggest concern about the blisters is not the pain, but the idea that I’ll get injured (and have my Boston dreams crushed) from running on the outside of my foot. I haven’t run with the new blister cushion yet, but tomorrow’s track workout will provide a good test.
I can think of no better way to end this post about rampant consumerism than a Starbucks mention. I’m not proud of it, but I’ve been drinking coffee four to five days per week recently. Since I never drink it on long run days—I don’t know why that seems so unappealing to me—I have at least one day a week where I don’t drink it, which I am fond of telling myself prevents me from truly becoming addicted.
Anyway, Starbucks has this great new Gazebo Blend that I like so much I bought a whole pound of it. And today, I’m blogging outside on the deck with a nice French-press-full of it. So for what it’s worth, that’s the NMA coffee endorsement of the month. (For another runner who enjoys her java, check out the blog She Runs Brooklyn, one of my other faves these days.)
Ok, off to get ready for my phone interview with Brendan Brazier, professional Ironman triathlete and author of Thrive! Hope he doesn’t see all this coffee talk, I don’t think he’d approve!