Thursday, August 19, 2010

Operation Re-motivation

So after a grueling summer capped of by a bout of pneumonia that kept me out of the gym for 3 weeks, I was feeling a little blah. I knew that I needed to get back to the gym, and sometimes nothing motivates you more than a new toy right...

Sunday I decided I was going to instate operation re-motivation- with some retail therapy to boot.

I found some new shirts: (I got different colors, but can't find pics of them)

And some new shoes. I really needed new shoes for 2 reasons. First of all, anyone working out regularly should replace their shoes every 3-6 months to prevent injury. This is just good practice. The second and more important reason that I needed new shoes was because I have started really enjoying running. However, each time a run for some length of time, I end up bruising my toenails, and losing them. This seasons toenail loss count:3! That's 3 too many if you ask me. So, I decided to bite the bullet and really look into this running shoe thing no matter what it cost me. I headed downtown to First Gear (they have no website, otherwise I would link it), and had a professional fit my foot... turns out I am an overpronator with no arch who needs a size 12 running shoe. Why not sell me a Uhaul box, I am most shoes in that size will be unsightly anyways, right? I don't think what I walked away with was too shabby!

And, as for price, I could afford both of these shoes for the price that I paid for the last pair of running shoes I bought. They were so friendly at First Gear. I even TRIED to sell myself a more expensive pair, and they firmly believed that I did not need to spend the extra money. That is a business that has my business from here on out. They were no more pricey than any of the huge retail stores, plus someone took the time to put the right shoe on my foot, not just sell me some shoes.

So there you have it. Operation Re-motivation has taken effect. I am back in business with some great adventures on the horizon!


  1. Way to go, Mandy! It's great to get all caught up, and looking forward to what you have coming. I LOVE the blue Nike shirt, by the way. I think I need one as a reminder to myself. Where did you find it?

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  3. Heather, I found mine at Lady Foot Locker, I think you can find them online also. It's a little out there for me, but I agree, sometimes you just need to be reminded :)

  4. Wow...a 12!!?? What size were you buying yourself before? Never realized you had big feet like myself...although you may have surpassed me with the 12! - Teresa

  5. LOVE the "every day" shirt!! Great idea for a little motivation! I need that on my hand with a tatoo!

  6. I would also like a shirt like that.

    I shop at First Gear and before that used to lose half a dozen toenails a year. I wear a 10 running shoe and 9s in all other shoes. I am also due for a new pair.

  7. Hi Mandy. Been "catching up" here, but just like everyone else..... I NEED THAT SHIRT! I don't even say damn out loud, but I swear that's more than a physical fitness mantra, that's a spirit filled truth!
    I love it. Sometimes, we need that stern love.
    I'm excited for you as you train. Call on me if you me any help. Go get 'em!