- First and foremost, I want to thank all of you for your kind words about Buddy. It's been nearly a week and a half and it is getting easier, although I still have cried at least once a day because of something that reminds me of him.
- Tom and I keep saying that we are getting used to our "new normal". Long walks with Charlie, eating a calm meal, less barking when a truck/squirrel/leaf goes by our house. It's not better, it's not worse, it's just the new normal.
- I got to cheer on some friends racing last weekend... always fun! And let me tell you - I have some amazingly kick ass friends. Holy smokes are they fast. And powerful. And mentally strong. Each one of them did amazing and it was such a pleasure to stand at the 5,8,18 and 21 mile mark of the run yelling and screaming for them! You girls all did amazing - congrats!
- So now we're getting ready to head to Tempe for IMAZ. Tom and 6 of his teammates are racing. I'm excited because I've never been to Tempe, and it'll be great knowing people out there on the course throughout the day. Plus I get to meet Jason and Emz which pretty much makes my weekend complete!
- Can you believe the holidays are coming so fast. I need to buy my turkey next week (because, as you know, the Kingery's do it right with like a 13 pounds turkey for the two (well three including Charlie) of us. :) And I'm already so excited to decorate the house for Christmas. We're pretty much starting from scratch this year with the new house which is fun and overwhelming.
- Speaking of Christmas decorations, for those of you that do a tree - real or "permanent"? We have always had an artificial tree and left it when we moved, thinking we'd get one down here. They are no hassle, I can keep it up as long as I want, etc. But dang... they have gotten REALLY expensive (or maybe my taste has improved). We are considering a real one, but oh the hassle.
Finally, I wanted to leave you with a review of a product that I'm loving. I try not to tout products that I'm not in love with, but I'll give anything a fair shot. A few weeks ago, I was given the opportunity to try out a pair of Saucony Triumph 10's. I've never run in Saucony shoes before, but I know a ton of friends that have and swear by them. I'm always on the lookout for a neutral cushioned trainer so I jumped at the chance to try these shoes out before they launched. I had all intentions of getting a review up before their launch date (November, 1st), but with shoes, I want to really get a feel for them... put some good miles in them and see how I like them.
My package came in the mail about 3 weeks ago and they looked amazing from the start (I'm a sucker for shoes that look good...) I put them on and they were really comfortable right out of the box. Usually I don't need to "break in a shoe" and these were no different. I wore them the night I got them on a 5 mile run and they were amazingly comfortable. Lots of cushion, not a lot of weight. No blisters. No rubbing.
Since then I've run probably 20 miles a week in them. I've taken long walks in them. I've worn them on the beach, in my house, on the trails, to the store. I love them.
The description on their website is perfect - "Form and function strike a perfect balance in the new Triumph 10. Breathable open mesh and supportive underlays provide a clean, modern look while securing the foot to the platform. The redesigned crashpad features three fully-decoupled, independently responsive pods for a smooth landing and efficient transition. Deeper flex grooves in the forefoot add flexibility and PowerGrid™ midsole technology provides a plush ride for the runner seeking a cushioned feel. Weight: 9.2oz."
AKA... little pillows for my feet.
The only thing that I am changing about them (and I do this with all of my shoes) is I'm adding quick laces. This isn't anything against Saucony or the Triumph itself. It's just a personal preference as a triathlete to be able to just slip on my shoes.
Thank you Saucony and FitFluential for the chance to review these for you. I was given these shoes at no cost to me and the opinions stated here on my blog are solely my own.