Motivation for your miles.


Old New Shoes…When is it time for new running shoes?

One of the perks of small town living…

When it’s time to buy a new pair of running shoes, there are very few options of stores to pick from.  So you get to buy exactly the same pair that you had before!  :0

To be fair, the store DID offer tennis shoes with the latest designs & colors…but none that offer enough support for my foot.  I wouldn’t consider them “running” shoes.

The people that know me can testify that it pains me to buy things for myself, so it would have been  helpful to at least feel like I was getting new shoes for the money I spent. 😀

…but that doesn’t really matter…


Old shoes on the left. New shoes on the right.

 Now, to the question at hand.

How do you know when it’s time for new running shoes? 

It has little to do with the amount of tread or wear on the outside of the shoe, but it has everything to do with the inside.

My ineffective and potentially harmful method of the past (for the last 3 years): 

Buy new shoes when you start getting blisters on your feet, pain in the arch of your foot, and/or aching in your knees after running.

In my best Dr. Phil voice, “So, how’s that working for ya’?”  NOT VERY WELL AT ALL.

My recommendation & new plan for myself:

You should buy new shoes every 350-550 miles.

Keep a running journal/spreadsheet to log your miles.


Write the approximate date that you will need to change them on the inside of the tongue of your shoes.

It is also recommended that you have more than one pair of shoes that you alternate.

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I have enjoyed my asics gel nimbus 14 for their support and comfort, but I don’t really like the way they look. 

What’s your favorite running shoe?  What do you recommend?

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Birmingham—I Run This Town

I love running in Downtown Birmingham, AL…I think you’d like it too! Here’s a quick tour that I found today.

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Birmingham, Avondale Brewery, Avondale Park, Birmingham Track Club, Five Points, Good People Brewing Company, Highland Park, Kelly Ingram Park, Mercedes Marathon, Pepper Place, Railroad Park, Regions Field, Urban Open Space Award

I have wanted to write this post for a long time now. Ever since I moved to Birmingham and ran downtown for the first time, I’ve had a certain affection for this tired and worn down, yet blossoming city. And it’s my favorite place to run.

Don’t get me wrong—it’s not that I don’t like running through the perfect neighborhoods of Homewood and Mountain Brook. They’re just so…boring. Houses, trees, car-dodging—they’re Anywhere, USA. Running downtown is an adventure, an opportunity to appreciate Birmingham and its grungy beauty. In a span of 13 miles you can get from one side of the city to the other, running past old and new, soaking in 360 degree views of the skyline and the surrounding hills.

Last Friday I ran my long run downtown with some runners in my group—we started at the end of Highland Park and ran the Mercedes Marathon route. I of course…

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A Father’s Gift

A Father’s Day thought:

Making healthy choices is one of the greatest gifts that a father can give to his children.

A few of the benefits include….A healthy state of mind, opportunities to be more active together, longevity, and a greater quality of life.


Feb 2012/May 2013


July 2012/March 2013

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Should every person become a runner?

Should every person become a runner?

I hope not!

I have this strange little thing about me…if “EVERYONE’S DOING IT”….then I’m usually not that interested.

So, while I’ll encourage every person who has running on their heart to follow through….I don’t think it’s for EVERYONE!

There IS  a form of exercise for every person, find what you enjoy and do that.

Gardening, art, a pet, a motorcycle ride are just a few things that others have shared with me that gives them the same fulfillment I get from running.

I knew I wanted to run years ago.  As a child, the only sport I was good at was running. I had a short stint in college running for the company I worked for…and then there was the time I was at a business meeting in downtown Atlanta, GA.  Looking down from my hotel window I saw thousands of crazy people running in the freezing weather through the downtown streets. I remember thinking how interesting that looked and wished I was joining them.

So, if it’s on your heart….GO DO IT! Don’t give up! It will be so worth it!
But, if you can watch this…and you feel nothing.  nada.  zip.  Then maybe running’s not your thing…

By the way…this movie is showing in select theaters TONIGHT!  When it’s made available for purchase, this would also be the perfect gift for the favorite runner in your life…hint, hint.  😉

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“R” GOES PRO….an early morning blessing…

This little boy made my day!

Early this morning, my daughter and I ran 3 miles together.

This little boy kept trying to race us.

When he couldn’t go any further, he would walk the opposite way around the track so he could meet up with us again.

He was quite persistent!  I’m sure he got a good nap in today.

We looked for him when our run was complete.  Exchanging high fives with him, we told him what a great job he had done.  I couldn’t understand him when he told us his name, but it started with an “R”.

When I asked him if he was going to be a runner when he grew up he answered, “No.  I want to be a baseball player, or a football player…or a basketball player.”  Assuming that he wanted to go Pro, my daughter asked him which team he was going to play for.  He said, ‘The Red team.”  🙂  I told him I’d be looking for him on TV, in response he gave me a big smile.

So, who knows?  Maybe in about 15 years, we’ll spot “R” on the red team going pro!  It could happen 🙂


Running Randomness

My thoughts from approx. 6:30-8:30 today 🙂

  • Quit wasting time, and go run.  The sooner that you get out there, the faster you’ll be done.  You know you’re going to like it.
  • Why am I like that?  I’d enjoy being like fellow blogger, Rather be runnin’!  But…that’s not me so far.  I run because I like who I am when I do…I don’t necessarily like the process of running.
  • Yay!  I beat the sun today!  No wilting for me.
  • Look at all of God’s creations running around the park today.  For years I never saw them, because I was at home, cooped up in my house.
  • Look at all these birds…I love watching the birds.  Hope they don’t poop on my head.
  • How is it that I can run 26.2 miles just a few months ago, and 3 miles is hard for me lately?  Is it possibly, the heat?  recovery?  that I’m not currently training for a race?
  • Yay!  I’m almost at 3 miles!  Almost done! 
  • I’m going to run 4…just to prove to my mind that it doesn’t get to win anymore.
  • 4…done!
  • If your little girl covers her nose and says “You smell horrible!”…then you know you had a good run!  🙂

Happy Running!

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Reasons I love to run, #4.


In the process of running…all the “junk” falls away.


It did for me.

I just kept running, and then one day I realized that…I was ok now.

Simple as that.

Almost 40 years of collected junk…gone.
Much like Forrest Gump.

I don’t really know how it works. 

What I DO know is that if the Lord is leading you to do something, then you should do it!

That’s where your miracle is.

~John 2:1-12

*Look for reason 5 next week*
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Reasons I love to run, #3.


Armpits, toenails and good lookin’ legs….Little BIG reasons to celebrate….

It’s the little things that count, right?

They’re not really BIG deals, but all the new little discoveries add up…


Here are a few of our latest little surprises:

~With my husbands +80 lb weight loss, one day he discovered that instead of fat rolls, he had real armpits under there.  wohoo!

~He’s always claimed that he had bird legs…I had grown accustomed to my mother of 3, middle aged, “mom” legs.  We used to wear jeans most of the time in public, now shorts are just fine with us.  YAY US!


~Toenails?  Matt lost his first toenail.  Why is that a good thing!?!  That means he’s a “real” RUNNER!!!  Insert happy dance 🙂  (Don’t worry, it’s growing back)

I love running, because of all the little surprises worthy of celebrating…to us anyways 🙂

*Look for reason 4 next week*
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