If It Rhymes, It Must Be True!

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:

[happy wife happy life sign photo]

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:

[running equipment photo]

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…

[band aid photo]

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.

The ‘bucks

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.)

[Starbucks gazebo blend photo]

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!



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  1. Mmmmm sometimes a cup ‘o joe is just so appealing! My husband and I have spending habits similar to you two – I bring home all kinds of loot and he finds one shirt, on sale, and then discounted again at the register. I don’t get it!

    Hope the interview goes well! 🙂
    .-= katherine´s last blog ..Weekly Workout Recap =-.

  2. hahahah- I love the sign- too cute 🙂 Glad you both got some fun goodies this weekend. Good workout gear is always expensive (blahhhhhhh). Very happy to hear the bandaids are helping with the blisters. And I am a Starbucks fanatic. I haven’t tried this blend yet, but will def put it on the list of to tries!

    Enjoy your day (and coffee ;)).
    .-= Erica´s last blog ..Ellie Krieger’s Popcorn Shrimp & Sweet Potato and Rutabaga "Chips" =-.

  3. Oh man, I love Starbucks Gazebo blend! I’ve heard that it’s excellent iced 🙂
    .-= Megan (The Runner;s Kitchen)´s last blog ..2009 Central Park Triathlon =-.

    • Meghan, I’ve never really gotten into iced coffee, as much as I love the hot stuff. Weird huh? Although I heard you can make it by just sticking the French press in the fridge for a few hours, maybe I’ll try that.

  4. what about pulling off those bandaids? i used them for the beast on my little toe which just ripped the blister open when i tried to take the bandaid off. it did soothe it though, just only until i had to change it. :-/
    .-= lindsay´s last blog ..redemption =-.

  5. haha- I did use a bit more heat! But…I also used a different kind of cornmeal and I think that made a big difference!
    .-= Erica´s last blog ..Ellie Krieger’s Popcorn Shrimp & Sweet Potato and Rutabaga "Chips" =-.

  6. hope the interview goes well!

    I love french press coffee. you just can’t beat it.
    .-= brandi´s last blog ..Beautiful Mess =-.

  7. I’m drinking the same coffee! I bought it because I loved the packaging, ha, but it’s now one of my favorite blends.

    That’s good to know about the blister band-aids, and I’m curious to see what you have to say about running with them too!

    Oh, and I have a question about the stir-fry recipe you had posted a little while ago, with the black bean sauce. I was wondering if you knew where I could find black bean sauce? I couldn’t find it at the store, considered just nixing it, and then decided that if the black bean sauce was in the title of the recipe, I should probably not skip that step and just wait to make it until I find it. 😀
    .-= Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)´s last blog ..When my head feels like a basketball… =-.

    • Hey Sarah, I found the black bean sauce in the Asian section of a normal grocery store. I considered making it at home, with a recipe like this one:
      But the recipes all call for “fermented black beans,” so I didn’t. But I’m sure you could just use regular black beans in their place.

      You could probably get around either option by just using some sort of teriyaki or other Asian sauce; I don’t think the black bean flavor is that important. If you are going to go out of your way to get/make black bean sauce, you might want to use a little more than is called for instead of adding soy sauce at the end.

      I’d love to see how it turns out for you.

  8. Love the Fleet Feet loot. We have one in Hoboken and I love that store!

    I have the same problem with coffee…I gave it up one summer and I’ve never been able to go back to that great place! Plus now with all the studies that have shown it can actually ENHANCE performance…why not, right? 🙂
    .-= Cait (Cait’s Plate)´s last blog ..Gabbing Over Greens =-.

  9. Hey Matt: Fellow no meat athlete here (for about 18 years). Sorry to hear about the blisters. I was having trouble with them a couple of weeks ago too. I picked up some lancets and poked a tiny hole to drain, washed with alchohol. I made sure to cover with bandaids before my run. It took a couple of days but I am happy to say I am blister and pain free after my runs now! Good luck qualifying for Boston (my home town!)

    • Hi Traci! Thanks for the tip; I’ve always been sort of unsure about whether I should put Band Aids on before I run, or whether that would create more friction. But it sounds like it works for you.

      If I qualify for Boston, you’ll come out and watch, right? 🙂

      • Absolutely! I’m not running it but my dad as done about 20 Boston and my sis has done I think 5. Always a great day. I’ll be there cheering you on for sure!

  10. I think I might have stumbled across your site before, but I’m not considering cutting meat from my diet so I’m just reading through everything. I really enjoy your site!
    .-= Mary :: A Merry Life´s last blog ..A Bits And Pieces Update On Life =-.

  11. Matt! I just tried those exact bandaids for blister from my new kicks. I couldn’t run with it because it was a bulky bandaid, but my blister did heal in 1 day, which is pretty quick. Maybe it’ll be good for you to run with– I think it depends where on your foot you put it (mine was on the arch which is a weird spot for extra bulk).

    Btw- yesterday morning I went into the Starbucks near my office and asked for Gazebo blend, but they weren’t brewing any! I will try, try again 🙂
    .-= Mel @ She Runs Brooklyn´s last blog ..Running in Hot Weather is the Pits =-.

  12. Ha, ha! Too funny. Reminds me of my husband and I. He just returned from a work trip in the States and brought back running shoes and socks for me, but nothing for him. He’s had his day though. 🙂 I’m interested in that blister shield. So it works? I don’t have problems, but it might be something he needs as he’s got a marathon in his future.

    Love your coffee comment. I, too, tell myself I’m not addicted due to the fact that on the days I don’t have it I don’t have any withdrawl headaches. There was a time in my life when that wasn’t the case.
    .-= Lori´s last blog ..Local Pineapple & Morning Glory Bread =-.

    • Lori, exactly! I feel like if I can miss a day of coffee every week and feel no effect from not having it, then my body isn’t addicted. That doesn’t mean there aren’t negative effects, of course. 🙁

  13. that sign is great! haha, i think the wife’s showcase wins. but hey, bandaids are a close second. that coffee looks good, i have never used a french press, how does the taste differ?
    .-= janetha´s last blog ..my whole body hurts. =-.

    • Hey Janetha, I figured the 90% female contingent of this blog’s readers would like that sign! French press is by far my favorite method of making coffee. The only was I can think of to describe the difference is that it’s a much richer, deeper flavor than drip coffee. Drip coffee filters out many of the oils that give the best flavor. If you want to try it, I think they serve a “French press for two” at Starbucks.

      One warning– since the oils are not filtered out, there is some cholesterol left behind in the coffee, just like with espresso. I’m not of the belief that dietary cholesterol really impacts body cholesterol, but if you are, then you might not want to French press it every day.

  14. Maybe it’s unappealing on long run days because you might have to go pee partway through the run? That would kinda suck.

    So many socks! Am jealous. I only have two pairs of “running” socks, and one of them has turned black from the mud I ran in over the weekend. Sighs. I did, however, buy new running shoes yesterday, and I’m super excited about that.
    .-= Sagan´s last blog ..Our Likes and Dislikes =-.

    • Sagan: you’re right, having to pee (or worse) is part of the reason I don’t drink coffee on run days. When I drink coffee, I can feel myself becoming dehydrated, and that’s a feeling I don’t need when I’m running far.

      I saw all that mud you ran in! Great race though. I think buying new shoes after your race is a good idea, because it prevents you from that post-race lack of motivation. I get that a lot after marathons, and it turns into a lot more time off than I planned.

  15. I love that sign! My husband can attest to that maxim being true…
    .-= Hanlie´s last blog ..Why do you exercise? =-.

  16. love those blister blocks 🙂
    .-= ttfn300´s last blog ..Melon Mondays V =-.

  17. sorry I am a little late to the party on this discussion….

    I have had great luck with the blister blocks AFTER a run to add a little protection, but during they just end up on a journey inside my sock! Start out nicely placed on the tender spot under my big toe, then next thing know it is somewhere around my ankle 🙂
    .-= K8´s last blog ..corn fritters aka I forgot that I really dislike frying things =-.

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