A girl, her dog, and her shoes


When I asked the saleswoman at the running shop if I could use my old shoes as a backup pair now that I had a new one (I’d brought the old ones in to show them the wear marks, which would give clues to my running gait and foot fall), she had the same look on her face as the mechanic had when I asked him if I could drive my car a few more days before leaving it with him overnight. Note that my tires were basically bald. “I can’t, in good conscience, allow you to leave my shop with those tires,” he declared. The running shop woman basically said much the same about my shoes.

I firmly believe that with the right footwear, one can rule the world. ~ Bette Midler.

The expiration of the sports bra


The most eye-popping part of this article about running and training for a half-marathon is this bit:

Ladies, this is also the time to get fitted for a new running bra. Sports bras only last about a year and you should have three in rotation.

Mind. Blown.

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Half my sports bras have been in regular rotation since the Clinton administration. Which means that some of my sports bras are older than many of you kids. Part of me wonders if this is just one more way to get me to spend money to replace an otherwise perfectly functional item, and another part of me delights in an excuse to head to the running store this weekend.

Photo by Francesco Gallarotti.