I haven’t done a Life Lately post in awhile and I got the idea to do a weekly recap from Suzy Has The Runs. Speaking of Suzy, she also has a pretty great blog and some pretty fast race times, so if you’re looking for another running blog to check out, I highly recommend hers.
Of course, I got busy during the week, lost track of time, and forgot to write and post this in a timely manner so it’s a little more than a week old- but maybe it’s new to you.
After Race for the Ark, I went to Fleet Feet Sports in Summerville and got fitted for new shoes.
If you’re in the Charleston area, I recommend Fleet Feet Sports for shoes or other running/sporting goods needs. All of the staff members are helpful, and Fleet Feet supports local races and runners. Fleet Feet has been open for around a year in Summerville but is a great asset and resource to our community.
I was running long runs in my Brooks Launch 2 that I’ve had since last September, and they had over 500 miles on them. My Launch still have some life left in them, but it was time for a new pair. Charles from Fleet Feet fitted me for the Saucony Kinvara 7, and so far they’ve been great! I’ve run in them three times.
The Saucony Kinvara 7 are responsive but cushiony, so if you like the Brooks Launch or New Balance Fresh Foam Zante, these might be another great shoe to try out. I have a lot of bridge and connector run races coming up, so I’m appreciating the extra cushioning.
If you’re a new runner, have had injuries, or haven’t been fitted for a new pair of shoes in several years (as was my case), get fitted! I really can’t stress the importance of good shoes enough. We all hope to be running or walking into our golden years, and you only have one set of feet for life, so taking care of them is important.
Happy Birthday Mom!
My mom turned 70 last Thursday and we had a small birthday lunch for her over at my cousin’s house. I can’t believe my mom is 70- she looks great for her age and is in great health. She still does pretty much what she wants and comes to my races when I race in that area.
In honor of her 70th birthday, she took her first “selfie” with me.
I hope my mom continues to stay in such great health and has many more birthdays. Having older parents can sometimes be stressful because I know their health declines will start to come in the next few years. I don’t have any siblings, and I’m only 30, so I know I’ll be faced with decisions in the coming years. With that said, if you have family around, enjoy the good times as long as you can and while you can, because you never know when something may happen.
On Labor Day weekend, my friend Aisha and her husband Rick had a housewarming party at their new house in Ladson/Summerville. We hung out by the pool, grilled, played cornhole, and watched the Georgia/UNC football game. We drank, ate, and had “adult” gummy bears.
Rick is a grill master and has a lot of patience to deal with a crowd full of hungry runners. I ran 14 miles that morning, so all the food tasted even better. Half marathon training has increased my appetite and I can put down some food. I’m convinced if I didn’t run, I’d be as big as a house. A tiny house, since I’m the Tiny Terror, but still… a house.
I had fun catching up with everyone and seeing Aisha and Rick’s new home. It’s a beautiful home in a nice neighborhood, and I’m really happy for them.
American Top Team Lowcountry
Clay’s been training super hard at American Top Team Lowcountry, which is a local BJJ/MMA gym here in West Ashley. On Friday, I went to the gym to watch him roll in one of his two-hour classes. Clay goes to American Top Team 3-4 times a week and goes to the gym to lift, so he technically trains more hours per week than I train to run a half marathon.
Clay is really working hard at ATT and got another stripe on his belt last week. He’s also lost close to 70 pounds and gone down in pants and shirt sizes. He looks and feels great, and I’m really proud of him.
So, that’s how things have gone down lately around here! I hope everyone’s had a great week so far and enjoyed some fun times with family and friends.