This Runner's Trials
6Feb/1123

Loyalty

Posted by runnerstrials

Not puppy-human loyalty, though I firmly believe that's the best kind :)

I am a marketer's dream. Once I find something I like, I stick with it forever and I never give their competitors a chance.

I cannot tell you what pair of Brooks Adrenalines I'm on, but it's approaching 30. These shoes are seriously like pillows on my feet. What's more, they're made by an awesome company who is cool enough to sponsor regular runners like me to run for them.

When it comes to coffee, my heart belongs to Dunkin. And it has since my high school days when I used to cut class for iced coffees. Sorry Starbucks, I'll enjoy the lattes, but your coffee is sub-par.

And yes, I'm still drinking pumpkin coffee in February. I may have hoarded 8 bags of this stuff when it was on the shelves...

A new obsession of mine- and I think every other Charlotte blogger- is the spectacular restaurant Cowfish. They have amazing, creative menu items, excellent customer service, and a fun atmosphere.

I ran 10 miles with Lauren yesterday morning before she had to travel home :( It was my longest run in 5 weeks, so I was beyond starving all day. Thankfully, I had big plans with Diana, Michelle and those boys we married at Cowfish.

I inhaled my salad, sweet potato fries, and turkey burger covered in brie, apple, and cranberry. And now I wish I saved leftovers.

What brands are you loyal to? I have unexplained devotions to Secret deodorant, Paul Mitchell hair products, and Gap jeans. My husband has 8 pairs of Oakley sunglasses and refuses to wear anything else.

There are also a few companies I loathe. But that's more based on bad memories. If you worked on a foodborne outbreak involving peanut butter for weeks of your life, you may not be so fond of a certain manufacturer either ;)

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19Dec/1014

All you need is a good pair of running shoes?

Posted by runnerstrials

I’m pretty black and white on topics. I have strong opinions and I have no problem making them known.

But when it comes to this over-used running saying I’m pretty gray.

“Running is so wonderful because anyone can do it. All you need is a good pair of running shoes.

Hmmm… is that really all you need?

I’ll admit, I’ve used this saying trying to convince sedentary folks to start walking or running. Most people have athletic shoes so running is an accessible sport. You don’t need a pricey gym membership, equipment, or even skills.

Perhaps the saying holds some merit with beginners who have no desire to race or see how far or fast they run. Though I’d still argue the leisurely weekend runner needs a little more than some shoes. Like:

  • Safety tips. Run against traffic and yield to cars. They hurt when they hit you.
  • Expert advice. Don’t run every day. Use your arms. Hydrate.
  • Good support bra. If you’re blessed in that area.
  • Sunscreen. Skin cancer strikes year-round.

With the more experienced runner, this saying couldn’t be further from the truth. Because you need to replace that good $100 pair of shoes every 3 months. Then there’s Gu, Garmins, gatorade, and gear… oh my. And if you plan to race? Well there’s a reason my husband and I didn’t go on a real vacation this year. A two week Mediterranean cruise in place of race entry and travel fees would have been nice…

While we’re discussing over-used sayings, here’s my most hated one: “Nothing tastes as good as thin feels.”

BS. If you believe this, clearly you have tried enough foods. I promise Jen’s eggnog cheesecake bars, Diana’s cookie dough ball tower, or anything at my favorite restaurant in the world are worth it.

Yum. After all, a moment on the lips is not forever on the hips... if you have a good pair of running shoes ;)

What sayings do you loathe?

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