Friends, I apologize if you’ve stopped by here tonight and the layout is having a fit-and-a-half on you. See, I’ve been dying to create a new header (since we all know how captivating mine have been for the past…ever), and Mads gave me the resources to do that.
Except for the fact that the tutorial is for Blogger (which will let you have a header that’s as big as God) and WordPress is how I roll. So I’ve been playing with different layouts all night to see if it’s physically possible for me to create a header that doesn’t look like it was meant for ants.
Right now it’s looking like ants-it-is, because the other layouts really don’t totally resolve the problem, and other than the header sizing-issue, I really like the layout I have now. Even though it’s a bit squint-y, I have to say I am quite a bit pleased with the result and that it’s 100% better than the header I had before.
This morning was the Plymouth Firefighter 5k. Despite the fact that it was pouring rain up until the race started and the other small detail of it being all of 50 degrees outside, it went surprisingly well.
Uncle Barry and I.
I finished in 29:07, which was a huge improvement over my April time of 33:45. It was also an improvement over my race pace for the half-marathon which makes me think that I’ll be able to beat my 10 mile goal of 1:43.
And a pleasant surprise to top it all off, was the fact that I won a pair of running shoes from Gear West. Running is a relatively inexpensive endeavor for me, but given the fact that I don’t spend more than $30 on shoes ever, buying running shoes is always a slightly painful experience.
That being said, if you’re just starting to run, for the love of God, DON’T SCRIMP ON SHOES. The first pair of shoes I bought last January were a pink pair of Asics. They fit me fine, and they served me well. But, the only reason I picked them is because they were pink and on-sale. Those should NOT be the qualifiers for a shoe purchase when you’re going to be spending ~400 miles in them. When it was time for a new pair, I listened to Galina (homegirl knows what’s what) and went to get fitted at the Running Room in Uptown. The shoes I came home with didn’t need to be broken-in, and the change I’ve experienced in my running posture as well as my performance is incredible. Did I mention that they’ve never, ever given me a blister? Because that would be true as well.
I’m off to bed (despite the fact that I spent the night-in, this evening ended up being far busier than I had anticipated), but while I’m asleep, don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a Coach Mini Skinny!