2 In Fun Finds

just keep rolling

This weekend was a doozy! I got a great run in as you know on Thursday because I knew I’d be swamped until today! Friday we had two of our favorite couples over and had a blast having a B.Y.O.M. night. (Bring Your Own Meat, come on!) Needless to say, between cleaning+ toddler proofing+ eating+ eating alot, this gal did not manage to squeeze in a workout on Friday. And on Saturday, I was on my feet all day shooting a wedding. I’ve decided that shooting a wedding all day is roughly the equivalent of running a half marathon, straight uphill, on a humid day. Ha! It seriously wears me out like crazy! I am completely useless when I come home, and beg and beg the husband for a footrub, tylenol, and my bed. No lie. You have to be in shape to shoot weddings, that’s for sure! Or just actually wear supportive shoes. Which I have been known…not to do. You’d think I would learn by now!

On Sunday, we went to church, out to a nice lunch, then to our favorite running store in town that just so happens to be in the same shopping center as our lunch date. How about that! We spent probably an hour talking to the owner about everything under the sun, and finally decided to purchase a foam roller! It’s about time, huh? I’m so excited to have access to one of these now! This is the exact one we got…I’ll let you know how it goes after it’s been worn in some!

The Grid Foam Roller by Trigger Point

I like this one because it’s strong enough to roll your back and neck out on. Ahh the best feeling ever! I’m anxious to be able to roll out my IT band after long runs! Praise! You can also do a core workout on it, or so I’ve heard. I’ll have to look into that!

Noelle, who owns Fleet Feet/Easy Runner LR was super sweet and talked to us all about the benefits of foam rolling, and Trigger Point Therapy, which I still need to do some research on to better understand it. She let me try it on my left calf though and I could definitely tell that it helped release that tight muscle! If you have any questions about running, hit up Fleet Feet because the staff is super nice and so knowledgeable!!

I also finally tried on the Saucony Kinvara 4’s that I’ve heard about a million positive reviews on! I wanted to put them on my feet and see how they felt, and find out what all the fuss was about 🙂

They. Feel. A-mazing!!! I’m not the biggest pro-minimalist running fan, but these felt so good on my feet, and lightweight, and natural that I might be easily converted. They’re considered to be more neutral, and have decent cushioning in them. I jogged a little in the store and felt like I was hardly wearing anything! Some other “minimalist” shoes I’ve tried on before have made me feel like my whole body was jarred with every step, not nearly enough cushioning. I know that’s kind of the point, to feel the earth better, but I need SOME amount of cushion and support, and I thought the Kinvara’s fit the bill! I think I would have to work my way into wearing them full time, since my feet are so used to wearing an overall more supportive shoe, the Brooks Ravenna 3’s. She mentioned that since the heel drop is lower, you will tend to run more on the ball of your feet instead of heel striking as much. I have a bit of a crush on these shoes now, and they might be my next purchase once my Ravenna’s poop out on me! We’ll see! But now I know why they keep getting such great reviews!

This is the color I tried on- I’m pretty sure I would run MUCH faster with neon yellow shoes. No. Doubt.

I’m hoping to get a good run in tonight after work but I still have lots of photo work to do! I know if I run though I’ll be so much sharper and awake to focus on getting stuff done! AND you’d be so proud of my husband..he went running by himself last night!! I’m so proud of him! And he’s already asked about going again tonight 🙂

Pray for Oklahoma!


  • Reply
    May 21, 2013 at 4:27 am

    I just got a foam roller this weekend too. I used it on my IT band and let me warn you there is some pain involved. Yikes! But if it does its job I can deal. My mom used to shoot weddings on the side and I used to help her out. So I feel your pain. It is an exhausting job.

    Of course neon shoes make you run faster. That’s a cardinal running rule right?

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    Sweet Miles
    May 22, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    Oh my goodness, Amy! I attempted to roll my IT band last night, and I screamed like a baby!! I could barely complete a full roll! It hurts so good though! And I’m glad you agree that neon shoes make you run faster…I’m glad I’m not alone on this 🙂

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