We went to REI today. The main purpose was to pick up my SheBeest clothes from REI Outlet that I had shipped free to the store. I haven’t had a chance to try them on yet, but I’m really hoping the skirts fit. The colors are much cooler than they looked on the website.
GU was on sale for just $1 per packet, so I took the opportunity to pick up some new flavors to try. I’m betting I’ll still like Mint Chocolate the best, but it’ll be good to have a runner-up flavor for when I eventually run out.
I also got a couple pairs of new socks. One was another pair of Coolmesh Wrightsocks, which have been working out well for me so far. Then Troy found these for me…
I started thinking about trying toe socks after getting a blood blister on my last run. I’m not a huge fan of the rainbow stripes because I don’t have any running clothes in primary colors, but I went with them because the fabric seemed slightly thinner on these than the plain white socks. Unfortunately they’re longer than I expected.
I went for a long run tonight at Reach 11. I got in seven miles, but I was slooow with an 11:02 pace. My legs just didn’t want to move today. Oh, well. It was the first time I wore these shoes out to Reach 11 so I decided to take some before and after photos.
White shoes just don’t do well on trails, although they aren’t looking too bad. I expected them to be even dustier.
Funny story, I brought an old pair of these Sauconys into Road Runner Sports once to get some advice about the sizing. A lady who was there shopping asked if my shoes were from the store and I said yes, but grabbed a pair off the shelf to show her what they looked like new and clean. She was disappointed because she actually liked the look of my old, dirty, bloody shoes. I didn’t really know what to say to that…
By the way, the socks felt weird at first because I’m not used to having the extra fabric between my toes. But I barely noticed it at all during the run. I wondered whether my toes would feel more crowded inside my shoes, but it didn’t seem to be a problem. I have one toenail that’s been getting irritated lately and it felt fine after the run. My existing blister didn’t pop and I don’t have any new blisters. So far so good with the new toe socks!