Work It! Search Continues for a New Workout Shoe

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 13 Women’s Running Shoe

For over a year now I have been seeking out a good cross training shoe. I  need a shoe that can withstand the outside and yet still be comfortable enough to wear to the gym…I need cross function.

This may sound easy with so many shoes on the market…but trust me it isn’t. Here’s why, I have a long narrow foot, with a mild pronation, and on top of it all…I have no arch, 100% flat. To add to the misery I am a pretty nice sized lady, and I stand at 5’9…so you see my dilemma. I am not that girl that says “oh, my feet are so long…I wear a size 8!” Chick please! I have not been a shoe size 8 since elementary school.  I initially thought I was an 11 until late last year…my feet had grown..ugghh!

So, after 2 very long trips to my local running shoe store and after running the staff crazy–I settled on a pair of Asics. What I wanted to feel, was like I did when I was a kid and got new shoes. I wanted to feel like I could run faster, jump higher and kick a bad guys butt.  I didn’t get that with the Asics…I just didn’t.

Now almost a year later I am at it again, looking for new shoes. I went back to my local Fleet Feet and still they wanted to put me in the upgraded version of the Ascis—no, then I tried Saucony. These felt good, but I had to go to the men’s sizes 😦

Don’t get me wrong not all men shoes are hideous, but these were. So, as a 5’9, shapely female, wearing men’s shoes that look incredibly macho– is not a good look or a good feeling.  So the Saucony’s were not going to work either.

Feeling down but not 100% out, I went to the internet and based on what I learned at the shoe store, I found a shoe that just might work. The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 13 Running shoe.  At $110, these shoes are kind of my last resort. I am expecting my package to come November 20th and I can’t wait to share the final verdict with you on how they fit and feel.


Note: These shoes are being purchased with my own money. I am receiving no compensation for this and Brooks Running, quite frankly does not even know I am alive.



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What I’m Reading: Feminista by Erica Kennedy

ImageAmazon has it crazy cheap right now.

I don’t recall how I stumbled across this book–maybe on Twitter, I don’t know. I’m glad I did though. I liked it a lot. This book which I did not expect had me asking a great deal of questions about myself. I know I am not the beautiful and exotic Sydney Zamora (most days I’m hardly even passing for okay looking) but I related a lot to this character. Minus the high paying job interviewing celebrities and svelte abs.

However, on so many things I relate. It has made me recall more than I’d like to admit, conversation I have had with people at their wits end with me about how arrogant I can come off or how distant I am. Huh?? Apparently, the impression I give off is a whole heck of a lot cooler than I actually am. Granted, I say this because like Sydney I am extremely guarded. I am, I own it. With that said, I have found no reason to be an open book. I have this blog and I have made one or two very personal post…it’s out there. I do not use it however to post my every random thought, issue, or latest woe. Seriously, who wants to hear that. I once worked with someone and had an awkward relationship with someone else, who constantly said, ” I just can’t read you?”. My thought, Why the hell do you want too? I am sure this is why romantic relationships and I don’t do very well.

Back to the book. As I began reading this book and I looked for more from the author only to find out that the she had passed away earlier this year. This was a bummer for more than one reason. I have long looked for a chick-lit type book with a complex cast of characters. The characters in the book were of all colors, ethnic groups, and sexual orientations. This was important to me for several reasons: 1) The author is African-American, 2) This was a story for everyone. 3) I  did not have to deal with ebonics in the dialouge, 4) The environment was relatable. On top of that we got to discover the characters anxieties and insecurities. We learned that she was anxiety medication and like some of us in out late-20s and 30s we still have no idea what we are doing.

I will say that this is not the best book ever written but I do not regret reading it and I would recommend it to people I know that want to read something where the main character understands your plight.

Mean Girls — Rachel Crow

I love this video. I don’t watch reality shows much but I do recognize this sweet faced young lady. I had no idea her voice was so great!

This song is wonderful and I am surprised I have not heard it until today. What a great message in so many ways.

This is definitely a song that I think all young girls should listen to and take to heart.

Check it out!