Buying shoes!

By Rita, in Uncategorized


I should preface this by saying something controversial—I don’t like to go shopping!Nope not even a little bit, not for groceries, clothes,and nope, not really even for shoes.And I don’t like to pay full price for shoes. For goodness sake, you’re going to walk on them (well in this case run).

So, when I realized I needed to buy a pair of shoes to run in (or should I say train in since officially I’ll be running in heels, at first I thought piece of cake. But, that was until I walked into the first store.Now, Rece(my trainer) had told me to get a running or cross training shoe and to look for support. Okay, seemed easy enough to do. She had even told me that at the outlets I should even be able to find some cute ones on sale for around $30ish.“Okay then I’m in,” I thought.

I found that most of the stores I went to didn’t have anyone working there that knew any more than I did about what to look for. The first try at shopping, first store.

Sales clerk: Can I help you find something?
Me: Yes, I’m looking for a shoe for running or even cross training would work, preferably something on sale since this is my first pair.

Sales clerk: Oh, okay the sales stuff is back there. At which point she pointed towards the back of the store then turned and walked away. 

I bit my tongue and went to the back of the store. I looked at boxes with my size on them and grabbed a few boxes, but for the life of me could not find anywhere that indicated if they were for running, cross training, walking, aerobic, tennis, basketball… OH MY GOODNESS seriously?

I was getting a little intimidated by the fact that I couldn’t figure out what you were supposed to do once your foot went in this shoe! Oh, and even on sale, nothing under $80.Are you kidding? I didn’t even pay $80 for my thigh high leather boots!

I was back there looking at boxes for at least 20 minutes and not once did anyone that worked in the store even glance my way. So, more than a little discouraged, I put the boxes back and went to the car, gave myself a pep talk and decided I’d try again. Maybe the next store would have someone that would help me out a little.

So I suck it up and go to the next store. Where I was told by the clerk that you can run in anything. I smiled and said,“Yes I know, however, I’m told that maybe for training I should get a running or cross training shoe.” Then I get to hear all about all her sports injuries…Oh and here are some cute shoes! Thanks, but you know, I’m just not into those and out the door I all but ran. Back to the car with another damnit Rita you can do this!

Third store and I’m not entirely sure how I must have looked after two huge disappointments when it came to feeling like I was even going to get close to buying a pair of shoes. I know I was a little baffled and maybe even a little skittish so when a sales clerk came at me asking “Can I help you” and I said well that depends. He laughed and said on what.

“First, can you show me the difference between a running shoe and a cross training shoe? And have you had any sports injuries?” He said Yes and No. I thought great,you just may be able to help me then.

He went on to tell me all I had hoped to hear at the first store and none of what I heard and the second. He even went on to tell me about shoes they didn’t carry and which shoes where rated as good, better and best. I was starting to feel better; I was getting an education.

I asked him if any of those shoes were on sale and he told me about coupons and how I could get the best price, but even for the good shoe the best he’d probably be able to do would be around $50 each and that would be if I bought two pair. YIKES! What am I thinking…I decided to think about it overnight.

This time on my way to the car I’m feeling better even though I don’t have shoes. So, I thought, I’ll go to Marshall’s and get a new pair of yoga pants. Just thinking about that made me feel better. I find these great yoga pants and I’m feeling pretty good by now, even smiling again.

Hmmmm… I wonder, as I stroll over to the shoe department with my new found knowledge of good, better and best. YES! They had a couple different brands and in my size! I try them both on and they really do feel different.  I’m not talking about without a heel. I could actually tell they were feeling like what I was told to look for! YES! YES! YES! And they were only $35 SWEET and SOLD!





Dashing in my heels ~ and so it begins

By Rita, in Uncategorized

Like I’ve mentioned before, after years of saying “I could run faster in my stilettos than most girls can in sneakers,” it’s time I put my money where my mouth is. But I want to do it the right way…


Step one: Make the decision.

That was easy.One of the things making it so easy was the fact that my “debut” so to speak will have me wearing one of the things I love to wear most–stilettos (I know you can’t see it but right now I’m wearing a huge smile just thinking about this dash).

I’ve never been one for exercise, but I’ve never shied away from hard work, either. In my younger years, my family raised rabbits, had horses, etc. Today I’m all about running across the parking lot to grab someone before they make it to Dogfish Head. So although I’ve never exercised, I gotten my exercise.

I realize that going to the gym and preparing my body for competitive running will take dedication from me. Which leads to…

Step two: Lay the ground work to get started.

I’m starting to read running blogs to get an idea of what I’m getting myself into. I’ve talked to Rece Marie about helping get me ready to Dash. Rece was amazing and ready to start getting me ready to run as soon as I pick up the necessary items I need to start training.

To be sure, the hardest part is buying a pair of shoes! I KNOW, RIGHT! Who would’ve ever thought they’d hear me say I had difficulty purchasing a pair of shoes. Certainly no one that even remotely knows me would. Stay tuned for a full blog on this to come.

Step three: Set up first training session.

Timing is everything and both Rece and I were excited to get started. As fate would have it, our timing in January wasn’t working in my favor. Don’t get me wrong ,I had an amazing January. This was part of the problem. Since getting started I needed to be able to commit and it seemed I was out of town way more than normal. Rece is awesome and was so patient.

I made myself wait! Patience isn’t one of my strong suits—I’m more the insta-gratification type. I did go for a few brisk walks, but refused to “run” in my new shoes until I got some guidance on how to get started.

Yeah, yeah, yeah it should be easy: put the shoes on and run lady. Nope, remember we’re talking about a woman that doesn’t work out. Except for yoga classes. Really though I want to do this right. You know, not jump in with both feet and break an ankle or get myself discouraged by thinking I should already be running like a cheetah.

After messaging back and forth and confessing to Rece that I was feeling like a kid waiting for Christmas, I got my starting point and today (Friday, February 1st ), I went to the gym to hit the treadmill. As luck would have it we got snow this morning. I’ll be honest, I’ve never walked on a treadmill, let alone jog (which is where I’m starting). Not even as a kid. I’ve used an elliptical, but never with a purpose.

My plan was to go into the “movie room” at the gym. First reason, it is dark in there. Second reason, no one would see I had no clue how to program the treadmill to do what Rece had told me I needed to do. Third reason, I was pretty sure my first try at this was going to be too funny for anyone serious about working out to watch. Final reason, the movie (no matter what it was) would be a distraction. Once again, luck was not on my side—the movie room was full. I was like REALLY? Nobody wants anyone else to know they don’t know how to use the machines and that they run funny?

Oh well, I sucked it up. Went out to the main room and picked a machine dead center. Shoot if I have to be out here with nowhere to hide may as well hide in plain sight and pretend I’m invisible. It only took me two starts to get the machine doing what it was supposed to and then the rest was up to me.

Walk a couple minutes to warm up then jog for five minutes and do this five times. So I started at the lowest setting of the range I was given, that wasn’t so bad so next set I bumped up the rate a couple notches, okay made it through that. Next set up a couple more, wow REALLY? Fourth set a couple more notches and feeling kinda cocky so why not last set up a couple more. Well, I made it through about 3 minutes and then had to back down a couple notches to finish out and a couple more minutes to cool down.

I DID IT! I made it through my first official workout. So now IT’S ON!