Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Field Trip: Running Shoe Shopping

So a couple of Saturdays ago, my Mom and I went of a field trip in search of new running, well in my case jogging shoes. We ventured to Sports Authority to make our purchases, and in less than 30 minutes we departed the store with running shoes in hand. Believe it or not, hunger tends to encourage quick decisions.

After our brief shopping excursion, we decided to try a new restaurant...Mimi's Cafe!
Okay, so a new restaurant...and of course my first priority entails searching the menu for healthier choices. Now a days, most restaurants tailor their menus to meet the needs of those seeking a healthier lifestyle. And sure enough, Mimi's serves healthy lifestyle friendly meals found in the Just Enough section of the menu. Even better, the menu also lists the nutrition facts for the Just Enough meals!

I started my meal with a most delicious salad:
For my main course I chose the Sweet and Sour Chicken entree. The low level of sodium heavily influenced my decision:

My mom ordered the Chicken Piccata:
After devouring our meals my Mom and I burned off our lunch calories by power shopping.

We wrapped up our power shopping in order for me to pick the boys up from dance rehearsal. Unfortunately, I headed home to late to squeeze in a run and try out my new kicks.
 Kicks: shoes that are ill. Ill meaning tha bomb.

The next day, my kicks and I hit the pavement running at the park. My new shoes made a world of difference and I kicked some asphalt. Truth be told, I needed new shoes months ago. According to my mom runners should replace their shoes ever 300 to 400 miles or every 6 months. Wearing shoes toe up from the floor up increases your chance of running related injuries.

Toe up from the floor up: to be bad looking or messed up.

Signs of that your running shoes may be Toe Up From the Floor Up:
  • Painful runs that cause your knees or shins to hurt.
  • High shoe mileage
  • Just plain worn out!
To prevent my new kicks from wearing out before their time, I plan to buy an additional pair of running shoes and rotate the two.

Did you know you can donate your old running shoes to Nike's Reuse-A-Shoe and Soles for Souls? You learn something new everyday.

What kind of shoes do you wear for your workouts or runs?


  1. Damn I envy you! I have yet to jog. I don't think I am capable of jogging! I am so jealous of people who are at the park and jogging for more than 30 seconds at a time!

    Girl, I am panting and slobbering and foaming at the mouth just walking fast!

    I need to get it together. Thank you for GO Reiko emails...I packed my lunch today and will try to start back up.

    It's so hard when you know there is fried chicken right around the corner.

    And you know what else kills me?? HAPPY HOURs are the death of me! I am always invited to a happy hour!

    Do a post on how you tackle happy hours!

  2. Great shoes! I am sure that you will have many adventures together.

  3. I rode my bike a tiny bit yesterday. It needs new inner tubes in both wheels. Either that, I still have a long way to go! ;)

    I love Mimi's! Yum. Stay away from their muffins. I am sure they are about 20 points each!

  4. First, don't put down yourself and say you are "jogging". I did that when people asked me about it and one time someone kicked me after I said that! They were like "Dude, you are a runner. Don't make it not sound like a big deal."
    Second, my "running" shoes are New Balance, but they aren't the top of the line. I thought after my 5th 5k race I would spend the big bucks on some nice shoes.

  5. Hey girl! It's so good to be back reading your blog! Love the new kicks! The pictures of the food had me drooling, LOL!

  6. I have a pair of pretty worn out Brooks Adrenalines that I love. I am getting new ones for Mother's Day.
    Congrats on your new shoes.

  7. I have nikes but i have had asics in the past. good runners really make a world of difference. enjoy the kicks!

  8. Mimi's is NEW there? wow...It's been over here forever...and it's like LAST on my list of places I wanna go. Haha I guess cuz I get sick of chain restaurants. Oh well

    I like your new kicks! :)

    Good luck tomorrow my friend!! Can;t wait to hear all about it! :)

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  10. I love getting new shoes, they always help get me out the door and all my old one's go to Soles 4 Souls!

    As you run more, you might consider hitting up a running store to find a shoe that fits you even better it will help with knee aches and pains too

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