A New Pair of Shoes

This afternoon I bought a new pair of running shoes.  I went to a place that does analysis of your feet.  They assessed my balance and took a video of my feet running barefoot on a treadmill.  From the analysis, they told me which running shoe was best for me.  It turns out my feet work well in a neutral kind of shoe versus a stability type.  This was news to me since I was told I should be in a stability type of shoe.  Of course, this was years ago, when they didn’t have all this technology.

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So, I am going to try out this new running shoe.  I have 3 months to see if they will work for me.  If I don’t like them, I can return them.  I keep thinking of all the places and races these shoes will take me.  I have already signed up for two races.  One is a 5K in March.  The other is a triathlon taking place in October.  My friend talked me into doing these races.  On the one hand, I think what am I getting myself into?  On the other hand, I am glad my friend convinced me to set these goals.  It will give me motivation to get out there and train.

I still worry about my knee.  It sometimes nags at me when I exercise or do any high impact activities.  But,  I can’t let that slow me down.  Some days I just push through the pain.  I know the best thing I could do is to stop running for a while, but I don’t want to.  On the days when my knee is especially bothersome, I run until I can’t run anymore.  Then,  I walk.  It’s all I can do.  At least that’s something.

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Setting Goals

A few days ago, my friend Kim retweeted something on Twitter that caught my eye.  It was something about #nerdlution.  I was intrigued by this and wanted to find out more.  Apparently, #nerdlution is one or more tasks that you are willing to take on for 50 days.  It goes from December 2nd to January 20th.  Here is a website with more information about it and how it started.  http://readwriteandreflect.blogspot.com/2013/11/nerdlution.html?spref=tw&m=1

I am interested in this goal setting.  So, I am going to try to meet this challenge by writing something on my blog for 50 days.  I am going to write even if it is only a paragraph.  I haven’t been very consistent with this lately.  I think this will force me to pay attention and be in the moment each day.  Certainly, there will be something I can write about every day.

Tomorrow it is back to work after having a week off for Thanksgiving Break.  I am looking forward to getting back to my classroom.  What goals can I set for myself there?  What goals can I accomplish with my students?  We shall see!