If you’re a local reader and haven’t stepped outside yet…

Hate to break the bad news, but it’s really uninspiring out there.DSC02660Luckily I had Anthony around to get my butt outta bed for a workout. We did lots o’ squats today, which is just what I needed after running 20+ miles over the weekend?

Even though I just ate free PowerBar stuff on Saturday, I got more free PowerBar stuff today at CrossFit. I feel so…. PowerFull. DSC02659(Actually I didn’t eat one of these. Does anyone else think these bars taste like chalk?)

What doesn’t taste like chalk, though, is French toast. It’s probably on my top 10 list of favorite foods.

P1000788Thanks to LivingSocial, Anthony and I got to indulge in a swanky breakfast at 14K Restaurant for half the price. We were pretty impressed with the brunch buffet, which had everything from biscuits and gravy to oatmeal to smoked salmon. We ate soooo much that I wasn’t hungry for like ten more hours. Considering I am always hungry, this is a huge compliment to 14K.

We got there right in time to grab a seat — by 10 a.m., this place was completely packed.

P1000783I’m not a huge brunch person, but if I was, I’d probably come here again! Thanks, 14K!

After we digested a million hours later, we caught the last bits of Sunday sunlight on an easy jog. Even after pounding around in my shoes for four months, they are still a brilliant green.DSC02657I actually didn’t know I’d had my shoes for that long until I looked up a post from October when I bought them. (Benefit/Curse of daily blogging: You have a record of everything all the time.)

According to Runner’s World, you should invest in a new pair of kicks every 300 to 500 miles. Livestrong estimates 400 to 600 miles. About.com: 300 to 400 miles. This Competitor article takes a more “do what feels right to you” approach, but still suggests 300 miles. These articles also touch on a common technique among distance runners — having two or three pairs of running shoes, and alternating pairs each day to let the other pairs “rest.”

I would guess I’ve run a little over 500 in my Brooks PureConnects, but they feel fine and I don’t see the need to buy a new pair for at least a couple more months. I don’t know, I just don’t feel like my shoes are worn out. I’m clearly going against the grain here, but until my feet hurt or my soles are worn thin, I think my bright-green machines can keep going for a while.

Plus I like them because they brighten up gloomy days like today.

  • How often do you buy new running shoes?
  • Do you like brunch?
  • Do you eat PowerBars or other granola/protein bars?

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  1. I advise people to replace running shoes every 300-500 miles. If the tread is flat and worn, then the shoe is done. The support and cushion break down before the tread. Also, you can do the “twist test” with your shoe; twist it in the middle and if it has a lot of give, then the life of the shoe is near the end. The pure connects are a minimal shoe, so if you have 500 miles on them, they’re probably done, since minimal shoes have a shorter life-span than a regular trainer. I generally can’t get more than 300 miles on my shoes, but then again, working at a running store, I have the luxury of rotating my shoes frequently! Oh, and the new Pure Connect 2’s are pretty sweet…half the tongue is attached and the upper is sleek-looking 🙂

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