Stink, Shoes, and Surprises!

Stink -- This morning I got in 7 hard miles with my friends, Jenn and Robin.  My legs were still achy from the death of my poor shoes.  It was a little cooler than it's been, but still humid.  I finished it, and raced home to get the kids ready for school.  I had time to get lunches packed, but no time for a shower.  It was picture day, so as I brushed Lily's hair, she pinched her nose and said "Mommy, you stink."  Now, I'm under no delusions that I smell like flowers post-run, but I must stay, I'm just a smidge proud of my stench because it means I worked hard, right??????
Shoes -- I know you've all been checking my blog every 5 minutes hoping to see photos of new shoes from me.  It's ok, you can admit it.  OK, so maybe not, but I know a few of you are holding me accountable for getting new shoes.  My other shoes are dead.  Not only has the mileage on them told me so (yes, I track every mile in my shoes), but things that don't normally ache and hurt were starting to.  I could actually feel the reduction in cushioning.  Ugh.  Time to hit Run-On.  And today I did.  Yes, you heard me... I went and bought new shoes.  But not just one pair (my Asics Gel-Nimbus 12s), but I went for TWO pairs.  I've heard about swapping out shoes, and thought I'd give it a try.  As the awesome Libby explained to me - "I definitely recommend training in two different types of shoes. Keeps your feet muscles from degrading in the same places run after run - whereever the weak part of that shoe is. Think of it as working out little muscles in the feet by keeping them guessing about which pair of shoes is next!"  So I hit the store and tried on 3 shoes - Asics Gel-Nimbus 12s, Nike Zoom-Vomero 5, and the Brooks Ghost 3.  The Asics felt like home, the Nikes felt super cushiony but a bit wide.the Brooks felt light and speedy.  I went home with the Asics and the Brooks.
Yes, this also means I'm going to have to come up with some anal-retentive way to track which mileage is on which shoe.  On that note, I have officially decided that my recently retired pair of Asics will have their final hoo-rah at the Jailbreak obstacle course mud-run this Saturday.  I will donate them afterwards.  They have provided me lots of good miles, but alas, they have been replaced (don't worry, I still have a spare set of shoes just in case - I still have my Asics Gel-Nimbus 10s which I actually liked better and actually have slightly less mileage on them).
Surprises -- Don't forget today is the last day to enter my sleeve scrunchie giveaway.  I'll also be opening a new giveaway tomorrow... woo-hoo... for some awesome sunglasses.  And I have 3 more awesome giveaways lined up after that waiting in the wings.  Keep checking back... don't miss out!