Several notable accomplishments to announce today (okay, just two but they’re good ones):
1. I ran.
After nine days of forced relaxation, I finally hit the pavement this evening for a 4.3-mile test run to see how the foot was doing.
I took it easy and did okay. There is still a lot of ice and snow in my neighborhood, and a bunch of those really annoying hard, frozen wheel ruts in the road.
And, probably not the smartest move, but I took this opportunity to break in the new Kinvaras I got for a killing at RunningWarehouse.com. (After adding them to the cart, it subtracted another 25%. Dap!)
First impression: After running in “too much shoe” for years and years, I loved the feeling of comparative weightlessness. My only fear is that they might not be enough shoe for me. I feel like it might be risky to experiment with a minimalist shoe unless you’re an experienced runner (which I am not). Like, what the shoe lacks in stability, YOU have to make up for with a strong running foundation. Of course I could just be blowing smoke.
2. I finally finished the gathering phase of beer trade #2. Tomorrow, that sucker ships!
Here’s what DBR is getting:
L to R:
Barley Island Dirty Helen Brown
Sun King Wee Mac Scottish Style Ale Can
Two Brothers Cane and Ebel Red Rye Ale
Schlafly Dry Hopped American Pale
Upland Teddy Bear Kisses Imperial Stout
Upland Bad Elmer’s Porter
Three Floyds Moloko Milk Stout (LOVE.)
Dark Horse Scotty Karate Scotch Ale (Yeah, a second Scotch Ale, but it was very reasonable so I consider it a bonus for the sake of comparison.)
Plus I got some new rad beers for myself, including the one I am enjoying right now.
Two Brothers Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale. 5.9% ABV, 24 IBUs; nice rich color with a zippy yet malty mouthfeel, sweet caramel flavor with and a clean toasty finish. I like it.
I’m going to be early tonight, but please feel free to tell me your thoughts on minimalist shoes, beer, the state of the union, or anything else you feel like discussing.