I was very excited and went on down today to bite the bullet and get some good shoes before I hurt myself. Being that I'm a big girl, I know that I need the right shoes because I'm more prone to injury with this much weight coming down on my knees, ankles, and feet. The place I found is called Runners' Retreat (http://www.runnersretreat.com). It's in the super cute Old Town section on a pedestrian mall. They were super nice and helpful. They looked at the way I ran and how my feet are naturally and were able to give me several kinds of shoes to try on. They explained everything to me about why I needed the kind of shoes they were giving me to try on - It was a great experience all around. (Disclaimer: They did not pay me. Everyone was just really nice and I'm excited such a place exists relatively close to home).
Anyhow, I ended up with these:
|Asics GT 2170 (Photo from Runner's Retreat website)|
After shoe shopping, we enjoyed a nice lunch at Panera and then ran some of our errands.
On our way back home, I noticed that our favorite little ice cream place had lots of cars in the lot and looked like they were opening for the season! We stopped in and it turns out that they are training their new staff before they officially open tomorrow, so everything was free!! They didn't have my "usual" - banana and chocolate swirl soft-serve - since it's training day, so I settled for plain chocolate. And despite it being free, I stuck with a small cone :)
|If you're ever heading on 50 West through eastern VA, you must stop at this little place! It's excellent.|
It's been an exciting week for new running gear! Here's hoping for a good weigh-in tomorrow morning!