Archive for ‘Running’

April 27, 2010

Soul Searching

I have been thinking about my future a lot lately.  I feel like I’m in limbo where my career is concerned.  I had a good grasp on all of my classes in high school, but I never really had that 1 thing that I was great at, or that I always wanted to do.  I could have chosen to do a liberal arts degree in History or English (nothing against people with those degrees, just not for me) but instead I started out in a BComm program, with the thought of majoring in HR or Marketing.  For my own reasons, I did only 1 semester of that program.

The next fall, I started a new program, Hotel Management.  This program was at a school far enough away to warrant staying in residence, which was a nice change for me (but not great for DH, as he was the one driving to see me all the time).  I did a year of this program, but was still not sure how to parlay this program into a career.  I switched schools again.

This one was closer to home, and a great program that I thought was just perfect for me: Events Management.  I’m organized, detailed, and can coordinate the crap out of any event.  I very much enjoyed this program, but when an amazing job opportunity came along, I decided to leave the school to try and pay off some of my student loans.

Since then I have had a new job every year, and am still in debt.  I mostly enjoy the job I have now, but lately I have been thinking: How much longer do I want to be someones assistant?  Will I be fulfilled with this job 5/10/15 years from now?  Sometimes my brain says yes, more often than not, it says no.

So what is a girl to do?  I have been researching different programs at local universities, but I still can’t decide!  I love marketing, I could do that as a career for sure.  I’m also interested in food and nutrition, and that would be a huge change from everything I have done before.  A few of my friends have recently made the decision to go back to school, and I’m wondering: Should I?  I am 99% sure that without a degree, I will never have the job satisfaction I desire, but is it worth it to spend more money, and 4 years, to get a degree that may or may not bring me that satisfaction?

How did you decide your career path?  Do you feel fulfilled with the job you have now?  Let me know!

April 20, 2010

Bug in Mouth Disease

Running outside is 1,000,000% better than running on a treadmill.  Fresh air, beautiful scenery, the change in terrain, it all makes for a great run!  The one bad thing about running outside is: The Bugs.

I usually run after work, around 5:30-6pm.  In my area, that is prime bug spotting time.  There are gigantic swarms of gnats, and they fly around in thick groups!  So, as I’m sure every runner knows, you get some in your mouth/nose when you run through a cloud of these teeny tiny bugs.  I used to try and swat them away, but I’ve come to accept the bugs as a normal part of running outside.  They don’t really bother me anymore, and I think somehow they know this.  Ever since I accepted the bugs, they seem to move away from me as I run by.

As a Tuesday funny: here is the cartoon from the wonderful people at Homestar Runner that inspired the title of this post: Bug in Mouth Disease *Warning: Sound!*

What  annoyances do you face while running?

March 3, 2010

Running Myths Pt 2: The Perfect Shoe

In Running Myths Pt 1 I discussed the costs involved in running, and what my essentials are.  For my next installment of Running Myths I wanted to discuss something very near and dear to any runner’s heart: shoes.

Shoes are a very personal and unique thing for most people, and it can be a challenge to find that “perfect pair.”  Every person I asked in my circle of friends had a different answer to my question “What is the best running shoe?”  The answer is, there is no perfect shoe, but there may be a shoe that is perfect for you.

Last Sunday I visited my local Running Room to get myself some new shoes with the gift cards I got for Christmas.  My ankles have been bothering me of late, and everyone I talked to told me I needed to go to the Running Room and get fitted.

When I got there, a very nice lady told me to take off my shoes and socks, and roll up my pants.  She had me do some squats, walk the length of the store, and then jog the length of the store, in my bare feet.  After she had seen what she needed to see, we turned to the wall of shoes.

“What size are you?”


“oh. Hmmm.  I don’t think we have any…”

“it’s ok, I’m fully prepared to wear men’s shoes”

This has become a familiar refrain for me over the years, something I’ve gotten used to.  I have accepted the fact that 99% of the time, the cute pink or purple women’s shoes don’t come in my size.  (Shoe manufacturers: why? girls with big feet need cute running shoes too!)  So I try on 5 or 6 pairs of very manly men’s shoes, running laps around the store to get a feel for the support and motion control, the 2 biggies for my particular feet.  After about 1/2 an hour of trying shoes, I was getting closer and closer to my ultimate shoe:

The Beast by Brooks

This shoe is awesome.  It keeps my feet in line with excellent support and cushioning, and actually looks pretty spiffy.  My ankles are feeling better, and I can feel the muscles in my legs working the way they’re supposed to, rather than working to correct my ankle problems.  A+!  They were a little high on the price scale at $150ishCAD, but shoes are something I am always to pay for.  I have never owned a pair of Brooks shoes before, but count me as a loyal Brooks customer from now on!

Is this the perfect shoe? Maybe.  Is it the perfect shoe for me? Right now it is.

The very kind lady at the Running Room also showed me a new way to tie my shoes. I know this isn’t a new thing by any means, but I had never heard about it before!  Lace Locking is pretty much the best thing ever.  It keeps my foot in place, and makes my shoe feel more secure without giving me that weird pain across the top of my foot that I get when I pull the laces too tight regularly.  The diagaram on the website shows you 3 different ways to lock your laces, with very clear pictures for demonstration.  If you’ve never tried it before, I highly recommend it!

What is your favourite brand/type of running shoe?  Do you have any tricks or “hacks” that you use to enhance your shoes?  Let me know!