What Day Is It?

After my “special talents” post, you knew this was coming.

It’s October 3.


Last night’s meal was one of my favorites—spicy shrimp with cilantro and lime.

Jasmine rice upped the ante.  I don’t remember the last time I’ve had rice—let alone a starch with dinner—so it was a tasty treat.

Plus roasted broccoli and mushrooms.

Workout – Running

This morning’s 50-minute run was relatively uneventful, except for the surprising warm weather—the thermometer read 60 degrees.  In October.  In Central New York.  Crazy! (Just for reference, we’ve had snow on Halloween; this heat wave is unprecedented.) Needless to say, a grey t-shirt was a poor apparel choice.  Oops.  Anyway, after my run, I completed some upper- and lower-body work including squats and bicep curls.


A warm workout called for a cool morning meal—protein smoothie for the win!

Into the blender went one frozen banana, spinach, frozen blueberries, almond milk, and one scoop of Jay Robb protein powder.  In case one Jay Robb-based item wasn’t enough, I also ate a slice of protein-packed pumpkin bread.

To celebrate Oct. 3, my mom and I went to Fleet Feet. (Not that I need a reason to celebrate Oct. 3 or go to Fleet Feet; let’s be real.) Say hello to runner heaven.

She wanted walking sneakers, and I realized I’ve had my Asics Gel-Cumulus 14’s for about six months.

[Back when they were brand-spankin’ new.]

These sneaks have seen a ton of races.  I bought them before the Seneca7, and I’ve worn them for the Nate Race, 4th of July 10-miler, Boilermaker 15-K, Fleet Feet’s Runapoolza, and the Tromptown Run, my first half-marathon.  Not to mention three triathlons—Cazenovia, Skinnyman, and DeRuyter–and a slew of college races Before Fitness and Frozen Grapes (BFFG).  They’ve seen a lot of pavement (and a lot of Central New York) and logged a lot of miles, so it was time for a new pair.

In total, I tried on four options (Asics, New Balance, Nike, and Mizuno), and these New Balance 870V2’s were the front-runners for a while.

Ultimately, though, I went with the Mizuno Wave Elixirs.

They fit my feet perfectly, and they’re lighter and more aerodynamic than my old Asics.


With a boatload of roasted veggies leftover from last night’s dinner, a huge salad was in order.

Beneath the veggie mound, there’s spinach, apple slices, and blackened tofu.  Yum!

Not going to lie, I’m going to take my new sneaks out for short jog in a bit.  As soon as I started lacing them up, Zelda thought she was getting a w-a-l-k.

Zelda’s pretty pleased with herself today:  Runner’s World named greyhounds as one of the best dogs for “brisk shorter runs” and “going fast.”

I could probably PR at my next 5-K if Zelda ran with me; when we go for “walks,” she pulls me along!  What brand of sneakers do you wear?  Do you have a different pair for running, other forms of cardio, and strength training?  How many pairs of sneakers do you own?  Do you ever go running with your dog?

19 responses to “What Day Is It?

  1. I have aasics that look just like that! Only they’re reddish/pink instead of blue. And lately the bottom of my feet have been hurting after only running a few miles, so I think it may be time for a new pair. Those mizunos look awesome.

    Also, loving that mean girls reference. My friends and I were quoting that movie nonstop the other night, and it’s all over pinterest. It’s making a comeback! haha

  2. Nice shoes 🙂 Can I just say I’m so jealous that you live in a place where you consider 60 degrees to be warm weather? So jealous of that!

    • It’s all relative. Our winters are cold and long, usually spanning from late-October to April; I’ve played softball games in April with snow still on the ground. Today’s high was supposed to be 80 (so crazy!), but it only hit 65 I think. Global warming is to blame. 😉

  3. I have a friend who works at Runners World. Which means that fact about the dogs MUST be true!

  4. I have the same Asics as you, well almost mine are purple! I LOVE them and would whole heartedly recommend them to anyone but lately I’ve been thinking about the Mizunos, I’ve hear phenomenal things about them for frequent long distance running. You’ll have to let me know what you think of them!

  5. My Pitbull GiGi loves to run with me but I can’t do that until more weight is off these bones. Love the new shoes! I have two pair of workout shoes. My Sausony’s (sp?) are for inside workouts and my Puma’s are for zumba or outside workouts. Thy have a wide center bottom and special sole grippers for more traction. They were the cheaper of the two but far exceed the Sausony’s. I have my eye on a special pair of Asics but they are pretty pricey. I’ll have to post a picture of them.

    • My mom ended up getting Saucony’s yesterday, and come to think of it, my dad’s running sneakers are Saucony, too. Guess we’re almost entirely a Saucony household. 😉 If you’re leaning toward getting Asics, I’d definitely recommend them. They’re my favorite brand, so I was surprised when I didn’t walk out with a new pair.

  6. That lunch looks delicious!

    I have really flat feet, so I wear Mizuno Wave Nirvanas (can’t remember which version? 6?) and I like them a lot.

    Hope you have a great day!

  7. WHY have I not found your blog earlier! I have those same purple zebra striped running shoes, my favorites. I only run in mizunos, my life! Loving the eats, i could seriously have roasted veggies and shrimp every night. Can’t wait to hear more about the move.

    • I love the Mizuno’s so far–so lightweight and comfortable! I just got back from a bike ride, and I think I might sneak in a run later today. You know, to break them in a bit more. 😉

  8. My dog ALWAYS freaks out when I put on my running shoes. He completely knows the difference between “regular” shoes and running shoes and he thinks for sure he is going to run as soon as I have them in my hand!

  9. Love your new shoes!

    I have three pairs of running shoes, all Saucony: Mirage 2s, Kinvaras and Peregrines. We haven’t gone running with our dog yet and we probably won’t since I don’t think he would like it that much!

  10. October 3rd is my half birthday! Yay!

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