My new schedule doesn’t provide much flexibility for running during the week, so I considered using my Monday rest day for my first workout of the week. I’ll admit that I’ve taken it easy since the half marathon, running only three times last week for a total of 12 miles. That was due primarily to a lack of time in my work schedule, plus a couple of days that I’d planned for recovery.
The weather this morning was sunny and cool and I felt like getting outside. Despite having limited running time, I decided to walk around the neighborhood. It’s a different experience walking roads that I usually run, and a little strange to be “the walker” when the occasional runner passes by. But when you walk, you notice details you never see on a run. You can also appreciate the smell of the spring air a lot more when you aren’t focusing on using oxygen for fuel. I ended up covering about three miles. Very pleasant.
We didn’t have a very Memorial Day themed holiday today, although we almost got caught in the middle of the Westbury parade. Our destination was The Gallery at Westbury Plaza on Old Country Road. This shopping center had four places of interest: SA Elite (for me), The Paper Source (for Mrs. ER and the kids), Trader Joe’s and Noodles & Company.
I’ve been wanting to return to SA Elite, a Sports Authority specialty store that only carries adult running clothes, shoes and gear. My Brooks GTS-10’s, that had a 600 mile career as my primary running shoe and perhaps another 800 miles as my weekend casual shoes, were due for replacement. I went looking for a shoe bargain, like the one I got on my Saucony Virratas last year.
As soon I walked in, I spotted a very nice Brooks running raincoat, but it was priced at $85. A lightweight coat like this is my white whale, and I’ve been looking a long time for a replacement for my ASICS rain jacket that has a broken zipper. Whenever I look at these jackets, they always seem to be too expensive, in weird remainder-type colors or either size small or XXL. I soon found an ASICS packable jacket priced at $40 but discounted to $29.95. This jacket had a hood (bonus), was available in my size, and looked good. Sold!
Next, I headed to the shoe section, first to the clearance section where I found a pair of Brooks Cascadia 7’s priced at $39.99. They were a half size too large, but that would have been okay for wearing as a casual shoe. Unfortunately the Cascadia 7’s were the color of vivid green camouflage and Mrs. ER rejected them for anything but running. After trying on a pair of well-priced ASICS Nimbus-14’s that didn’t fit as well as I’d hoped, I spotted a pair of Cascadia 8’s in conservative blue and grey. $47.97 and my size. Ring ’em up!
After that, we headed next to Noodles & Company, where we could all have the genre of food we wanted as long as it was noodles. Or soup. Or salad. I had the Bangkok curry noodles. Fantastic. This is my new favorite place.
This was a great long weekend, with perfect weather. I’m not a fan of shopping, but today was really great. Now that I have the Cascadias, I’m definitely thinking trails next weekend.