Bronzed #AltraRunning

I finally broke down and ordered a pair of Altra One 2.5′s. I hadn’t run in this particular model before because they’re a pretty minimalist shoe and I had always worn the Torin’s. The Torin’s have a little more “Oomph!” to them~more cushioning, if you will.

*Torin 2.5

To be honest, I was just a big chicken to try anything new.

Then the Escalante was released. After hearing such wonderful things about those, I had to give them a try and I loved them! They were a moderate cushioned shoe as opposed to the high cushioning of my beloved Torin’s. They also had that snazzy knit upper. It hugged my feet without squishing them. Sweet!!!

*Escalante

Still, that niggle in the back of my head said, “Live a little dangerously and try the One’s.”

I bit the bullet and ordered a pair!

*One 2.5

First off, how pretty are these shoes!?! They’re as light as a feather, too! The next day, I laced them up and took them for a test drive.

Seriously! I had the fastest run EVER!!! I think I’m going to bronze these shoes when they’re ready to be retired! http://www.wikihow.com/Bronze-Shoes

I got to thinking on this past Friday, my rest day, that maybe Thursday’s zippy run was a fluke. I had to know so yesterday morning, Saturday, I laced them up again for a Timed/HR zone 3 run. Again, I flew!!!

I was doing the happy dance! See, that means that if the stars align and everything goes well, I *might* not embarrass myself at the London Marathon! YAY!!!

The plan today was to write up a re-cap of this weeks training. I think I kind of got ahead of myself what with the new shoes thing. Needless to say, training this week was incredibly encouraging.

Paxton, my pudgy, necktie wearing puppy, had a birthday this past week. He’s seven years old now. Happy Birthday, Paxton!

We’ve had storms every day the end of this week and the temps have dropped 40* It’s a little chilly here right now.

This past Thursday evening, MFH (My Favorite Husband) went to let Paxton outdoors and casually mentioned, “There’s a large spider by the front door.” He was too casual so I hopped up to see for myself.

Yup! That was one big spider! *actual size*

I’m getting my ducks in their proverbial row for the London Marathon. One of the things I needed to do was order a stick pack of the orange Tailwind for the race.

I have fueled with Tailwind for close to a year now for all my training and racing. Seriously awesome stuff!!! Usually I order it in a big bag but TSA here in the United States tends to frown on the large bags. I order the stick packs. TSA doesn’t seem to mind the smaller packages. Getting stopped by TSA isn’t my idea of giggles and grins so I try to minimize my chances of drawing their ire.

MFH and I have been doing a Plank Challenge since October? Sometime this past fall. I *wish* I had to worry about drawing TSA’s attention for this!

My FB and Twitter friends have all been given a heads up that I’m going bonkers waiting for London to get here. They’re all so kind….and tolerant!

41 days until Race Day!!!

As race day draws near, I’m telling myself:

If I have run my best, I have succeeded.

Almost all the training miles are in the bank!  On race day my mantra will be:

I am #blessed

#IRun4Aiden

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