My new trainer (“Mike”) ran a funny race over the weekend called an “urbanathlon.”  The race took place in Chicago and involved running and climbing over a variety of obstacles such as taxicabs and buses.  He came in 61st out of approximately 6000 people!  Which is awesome 🙂  A little better than my recent 5k results…but then again I am still new to the whole running thing.  I don’t think I will ever be climbing obstacles.  (Of course, one year ago I would have said I don’t think I will ever be running races.)  I guess my point is to say he is pretty awesome!

I decided to get a new pair of running shoes.  I didn’t really need them, but I found that the same model I wear came in another color, and I thought it would be nice to be able to rotate two pairs, and ultimately run the Phoenix Half with my new (pink) shoes.  I wore them today for my workout and I do think my feet enjoyed the slight change.

New shoes!


Side by side with old shoes. The new ones look bigger, but are technically the same. They feel great so that is what matters 🙂

I have been doing a little bit of shopping recently.  I’m still losing weight, so I rewarded myself by purchasing a few new workout clothes in addition to the new everyday clothes I needed for fall.  I generally like to run inside on the treadmill at the gym, but now that the weather is more mild I can run outside more.  I bought a “water belt” to help with the long runs (it’s hard to run a couple of miles without water, and I don’t like carrying things).  I haven’t officially run in my belt but I have jogged around in the house.

The cat wanted to be part of the picture--made it better I think!

The pouch will be nice for keys and maybe my phone.  I’m hoping to use it this Sunday if the weather holds.