I hope you had an amazing weekend everyone! Let’s catch up on some things shall we?
When I was growing up my mom would sew an Easter dress for me each year until I was a teenager (then we would go together to pick one out). I haven’t sewn in a very long time so I just skipped to the ‘go to the store together and pick out an Easter dress’ thing with Brooke. This one was from Old Navy and she is now in the girl section… no longer the toddler section. WHAT?!?!?!!
We started off our Easter morning with a basket and breakfast (egg sandwiches)! (She wanted to bring out her Easter bunny from 2016 to be a part of the picture too… she told me she is collecting bunnies now).
Then we went to church for a while. We came home and started the Easter dinner preparations. Rhodes rolls for the win over here. It was hot in Utah yesterday which meant our house was hot, which meant these bad boys rose to double their normal size… score.
We also just hung out and Brooke had plenty of stories to tell us.
And then the family came over. My cute cousin was here (she lives in Portland now). It was so nice to finally be able to catch up with her. Both Andrew’s and my family came over yesterday which we loved.
The spread… fruit, a salad, roast, veggies, funeral potatoes (a Utah thing?) and jello (yes, another Utah thing).
My mom also brought our family’s favorite dessert ever… Date Bars. My dad has always been allergic to eggs and this is a recipe that his mom used to make when he was little. We have kept this recipe tradition going:)
Andrew also made two of our favorite pies (recipes in this post).
We were all pretty exhausted by the end of the day. Easter success story.
I’m all set to watch Boston!!! The first half will be while running and watching it on the iPad and then the rest will be while I stretch, hang out and bite my fingernails waiting to see who wins. Coverage begins HERE at 9:15 am ET!!! Edited to add… I can’t seem to get it working on the BAA so I’ll be watching it on the NBC Sports app.
And just in case anyone is reading this before running Boston today! Have an amazing time running your own race!!! This is a part from Mile Markers—> aka one of my FAVORITE running books ever and I have read it at least a few times.
Stick to your PLAN!
I’ve put a couple dozen miles on the Pure Flow 6’s so I thought I would share my thoughts with you today. I’ve been a Pure Flow fan since day #1 of their creation. My excitement over their purple variety in the very beginning (say hello to baby Brooke in below picture) was a little much maybe;)
So now we are all the way to the 6’s. I used the Pure Flows until about the 3’s and sometimes the 4’s and then I fell in love with the Launches. I didn’t hear the best reviews of the 5’s so I didn’t want to try them out but once the 6’s came out, I started hearing some great things, so I was all in. In the very first run with them they reminded me a lot more of the earlier versions (especially the 3’s) of the Pure Flows so I knew I was going to have a great relationship with these.
The Pure Flow 6’s come in at 7.5 oz, they are a neutral shoe and they are $100. They have a 4mm midsole drop and they are best for the roads and track. I first fell in love with the Pure Flows because I loved that they were so light while still offering some support and cushioning. I always felt like it was the perfect in-between of a more minimal/light/fast shoe and a super soft trainer. It was the shoe that I could do every workout in from short-fast intervals to conversational paced long runs.
Let’s start with the upper of the shoe. They have updated this portion which I really loved and it is completely seamless and now has a material that reminds me of mesh material. They say it, “hugs feet for a smooth, socklike feel that’s totally natural” and I would 100% agree with that. The upper feels like it truly does shape to your foot giving you that perfect fit that is snug but also allows for some flexibility and I think a perfect amount of room in the toebox for my toes to spread a bit with each foot landing (I hate it when I feel like the toebox of a running shoe forces my toes to be squished together). The fabric used on the upper is much more breathable than my other current running shoes. I had a problem with the tongue of the 4’s (and I heard the 5’s too) and I don’t even notice the tongue on these (when I don’t notice something as I’m running that means it is perfect for me because I don’t even think about it because it isn’t bugging me). The tongue is very soft now.
The heels of these shoes offer a rounded heel which will help you with your stride alignment (which has been said to lower the stress on your joints). There is also a nice comfort collar up around your heel/top of the shoe in the back (you know that lovely place where blisters occur from shoes that aren’t fitting right) which feels amazing. The 6’s are said to have more flexibility than the previous versions. I also feel a definite spring from the shoe as I am pushing off the ground with each stride (not as much as in the Launch’s for me but still really great). The midsole of the shoe has DNA LT Cushioning which adapts to every step you take and I feel like it offers a lot of flexibility/bend in the right place with each stride. It absorbs some of the impact with each stride. I noticed that the bottom of the shoes offer a great amount of grip to the road… no slipping around in these shoes for me (I tried them on wet roads one day but I haven’t try them on the snow).
I have noticed that any of my Pure shoes do not get as many miles out of them as some of my other trainers but that is kind of to be expected with a lighter weight shoe in my opinion. Will I switch completely over from the Launch’s back to the Pure Flows? Nope… because I also have a special thing going with the Launch’s. BUT I will be using these to race in and for more of my speed workouts and tempos at race pace for race preparation.
PS I have heard from a few people that these feel like they run a little bit smaller than previous options but I have worn a size 10 in every pair of Brooks running shoes across the board. Just check it out if that applies to you though when you go to a running store.
I’ve always thought the Pure Flows were pretty but these are definitely my favorite version looks wise too:)
What is your current go-to shoe? Any other Pure Flow fans? What would you say is one of your family’s favorite/musts for holidays recipes? Any foods/dishes that are kind of only a big thing in your state? What is your running goal this week? True or false… watching running on tv is entertaining and never boring?