It's been three or four years now since I bought a new pair of running shoes. I take care of these things. They only get used for running, never for just hanging out in, wearing to work, or anything. I'm pretty strict about that. That's why they're able to last so long and take good care of my feet, ankles and knees.
My neighbor Kevin, a long distance runner and century cyclist, has been telling me of a place near here in Campbell called Running Revolution. Says they specialize in running and they know their stuff. So I went over there.
I just got done with a run on the LGCT, did a full 6.2, and was feeling pretty good on this late Saturday afternoon. Surprised this specialty store, located in a strip mall behind a video store, was still open, I went in. First thing, the guy, who seemed to be about my age, maybe add a year or three, looked at my shoes and knew them right away. Said they were a few years old and they didn't make these Asics anymore, but there is an improved (read: changed) version of them.
I related to him that these shoes seemed to be ok, but about a year ago they started to feel a bit flat, like the cushioning was worn. At that time, I ended up picking up a pair of inserts that seemed to help. But now, even they seem like they've been pounded on too much.
He brought out a few different shoes from various makers, including Brooks, Nike and Adidas. This store lets you go for a test run on the sidewalk outside the store. Very cool, especially since I was still very much warmed up from my run. I took a bit of liberty, though, and steered myself over to the real sidewalk next to the side street, where I'd get a much longer run without the possibility of pedestrians popping out of adjacent shops. Collisions are no good.
I ended up with a pair of Brooks; the tongue says "The Beast" on it. Just noticed that tonight! They were overpriced, as I expected, especially given the fact they were Made in China's. So far, I've been on two runs with them, logging a total of about 10.5 miles, with today's 6 miles being the longest. They feel nice and cushy and they're not bunching up my toes so far. All in all, I'm happy with them.
I also want to use this post as a log on how many miles I put on these shoes. No telling how this good intention will last, but I've started it, so let's get these two runs down, below. I'll add more here as time goes on. I don't expect people to track this with me, but it's up to you. The only difference is that there will be new dates at the top (sorted in reverse chronological order) and the total will be updated.
This was way too late, but I finally did it. I opened a 529 plan for Penny.
What got me motivated, finally, to do this now? Two things, really. One, the market is so down, it's on sale like never before. Now is the time to snap up some deals. Two, I had a To-Do item on my list for the past 4 years to visit and spend some time with the website savingforcollege.com. I needed to start using the online to-do list again, and saw that the action item was still there. So I spent some quality time with the website, got informed, and decided that Michigan's plan is the one for me.
Tonight, I went back to their site, filled out the application and before I knew it, I had an account. Almost too easy.
Now the hard part, how much can I afford each month...?
Old master bath tub faucet has been leaking. For several years now. Lately, it's been getting worse. Worse in that when you walk into the bathroom, there's a faint but definite sound of water running through the faucet, as if it wasn't closed all the way. It's been this way since we moved back into the house earlier this year, but if I tighten the faucet, or open it all the way then close it tight (to let the valve reseat itself), the sound stops, but comes back later.
Time to tackle a plumbing job. My favorite.
I got inside the handles/stem/wall and found that the parts the guy at Home Depot sold me six months ago (yes, it's been on my radar for a while now) were all correct. Real question was whether I wanted to "rebuild" the stem or simply replace it.
What helped me make up my mind was that the stem is encased in a piece of chrome trim, a tube, really, that takes up the space between the wall and the handle. (This is a three handle set up, one for hot, one for cold, one for the shower diverter.) The stem, or valve assembly, was wedged tight into the tube. Couldn't make it budge. Replacement stem assemblies are about $10 each, so I just decided to replace them and return the rebuild kits.
This project, though not quite finished (I need to install the three new chrome trim tubes), took three trips to the hardware store. There will be at least one more to return some things, like the specialty wrenches I don't want to keep, but at least the leaking has stopped. The shutoff actually feels really good now, no squeaking when turning the handles, and the water shuts off very solidly. I also took the opportunity to replace the spout, which was getting pretty corroded after years of leakage.
There was also some level of internet investigation required to make sure I was doing the right thing. I determined that I have the Price-Pfister set up that's detailed at this page. This was the one page, after doing several different types of internet searches, that had the best info.
Though it's not quite finished, it's good to have finally addressed the problem.