Altras and micro-runs and beer, oh my


I haven’t written anything in a while since I haven’t been running – just climbing and working out – and I haven’t even really made any cool food, so there hasn’t been much to say. But hopefully that’s about to change. I ran ten minutes (1.4 mi) with absolutely no shin pain today – not even a touch of tenderness! I’m really hoping this means I can (ever so slowly) get back to running. Right now, the plan is just to do a few really short runs like that to see if running still leads to shin soreness or makes it worse; if so, I’ll go to the doc and get things checked out. If not – bombs away!

Also I got the Altra Superior around Christmas, which is what I ran in today and my last test run a week or two ago. They’re super comfy and feel great on my feet, although I have yet to see how the tread responds to loose trail terrain. So yeah. I also went with 10.5 instead of my usual 10, which I wouldn’t have expected since they’re such a wide fit already. #bigfoot

And two beer recommendations: New Holland Dragon’s Milk and Arcadia Ales Loch Down (bourbon stout and scotch ale, respectively). I do love Michigan’s craft beer situation.

Peace love and (fingers crossed!) running,

Grocery shopping done right.


21 with no 100 to show for it

My 21st birthday slipped by amidst a whirl of classes, exams, holiday festivities, and friends visiting. The thought of my original goal – 100 before 21 – didn’t even occur to me until just now, three weeks after my birthday. Now, this is largely due to the fact that (a) I’ve been busy and very distracted from blogging pursuits (as you may have noticed), and (b) I haven’t really been able to run for almost a year now (GASP)(groan), so I’ve known for a while that I wouldn’t get this goal. I’m just used to not running now, which is tragic. But I’m going to try another test run in the next few weeks – once DeathSnowPocalypseBlizzard 2014 has passed – and I’m assuming/hoping that I’ll be good to go again once spring comes around.

So I’m not beating myself up about not getting 100 before 21. It was a goal I set entirely by myself, for myself, and breaking it doesn’t affect anyone but me. No pressure, no problem. I’ll get there eventually.

Keep warm, everyone! And happy 2014!