Let’s rewind to Tuesday night real quick…
Andrew and my brother-in-law sent my sister and I out to go on a date together. After Tuesday night we decided this needs to be a weekly habit.
My sister told me to meet her at a Vietnamese restaurant in our area and when I arrived she was sitting there with the most heavenly sandwiches for us to eat. I’m not sure what was actually in the sandwich but I always trust my sister’s opinion about everything because as you can tell, she knows what is going on in life:
Then we walked across the parking lot and roamed around Trader Joe’s (yes, I went there a total of two times on Tuesday;).
Without children. A completely different experience.
We were in a mango mood. These gummy mangos are my sister’s #1 favorite candy. I cannot see them without thinking about her.
We also went to see a movie. Then I came home and Knox was back and they were quite hyper (I’m guessing because of the sour patch kids in the below picture.
I put my clothes out every night for my run the next day <— It makes getting out the door to run so much easier. Andrew will leave me notes on my running clothes some mornings and it is the absolute best. He is a thoughtful one.
I went out later than normal and at 4 miles Skye woke up so I picked her up to finish my run in the jogging stroller (Andrew was painting so I wanted to take her with me:).
The entire run was a strugglefest for me. Running has felt pretty good lately but yesterday was the opposite and that is a-okay. The good runs wouldn’t feel as good as they do without these strugglefest runs humbling us. I have 8 x 1000m repeats to get in today and they are going to be hard but we love to embrace the suck with our running so it is going to go great. Also, pushing the jogging stroller is just hard so my speed today will feel easy compared to that (kind of).
8.1 miles @ 8:40 average.
I love what Jennifer said on yesterday’s post because I am the same way… SO MANY CONVERSATIONS WITH MYSELF.
These two slept in until 9 yesterday morning. School starts again soon so this transition to getting up early again will be fun for everyone involved.
I used to eat a salad a day but they haven’t been very exciting to me lately. Yesterday a steak salad sounded amazing… and it was. Steak (courtesy of a bbq we had a few nights ago), guac, peppers, spinach and pico. This was lunch and then for dinner we had pancakes.
I have really exciting news. I will never have to unload the dishwasher again (while I have children living in the home;). It may have taken 47 minutes to teach them exactly where everything goes but now they know how to unload the entire thing (they used to just do part of it). I’ll probably be the supervisor for a little while but I’m just really thrilled about this.
We made it to the splash pad for a bit yesterday too!
In other news… I told Andrew I want this for the combination of my next 10 birthdays and Christmas presents. $549… is pebble ice that amazing to have to get a second job or should I keep taking advantage of 7-11’s pebble ice machines? Or maybe I just need to remember that it is fall/winter again soon and I will be drinking hot chocolate for 7 months straight and have no desire for ice.
I told you this last week but I am still feeling the same way—> The Levitates 2s are actually my favorite pair of running shoes ever. For a long time the PureFlows were my #1 obsession and then the Launch. Once I got my hands on my first pair of Levitates I was sold. I try to switch up my running shoes throughout the week to strengthen my feet but it is so hard to not just wear these every day. I was nervous with how I would feel about the Levitate 2 but I’m happy to report… I think they are even better than the first version.
The Levitate 2 are a neutral shoe and come in at 9.9oz (for the woman’s shoe). The Levitate 2 are all about ENERGIZING which I feel each time that I wear them (just like the first Levitate)—> Springy= my favorite way to describe them. From Brooks, “DNA AMP technology gives back what you put in.” The DNA AMP is in the midsole of the shoe and I definitely feel like when your foot hits the ground it does give you a bit of a bounces back up again. The bounce in these (and the first Levitates) are different than any other running shoes I have ever tried… and I have tried a lot.
The biggest changes in the 2s are in the top part of the shoe (but I’m also going to talk about some of the things that the Levitate and Levitates both have). The upper of the Levitate 2 is made of Fit Knit which I think makes the shoe so comfortable, flexible and it fits so well to the way my foot is shaped and how it moves throughout the stride. This upper also makes the shoe very breathable (wahoo for the lack of sweaty feet) and just molds nicely to my feet. It’s hard for me to wear a stiff upper after loving this Fit Knit.
Something I love about the Levitate 2 is the Fit Knit heal collar wrap that they added. This wrap makes it feel like you are putting on a sock when you put on the shoe which I think is super comforable and gives you a secure fit. The heel tab (soft foam wrapped in faux-suede) is also new which I love in the back. They put that there to help protect your achilles from irritation and it just gives so much comfort to that area… I don’t think blisters are possible with a back like this. The collar wrap and heel tab do come up a bit higher than my normal running shoes so that did take a few miles to get used to that difference. I haven’t tried running sockless with these shoes but I think that you totally could with the heel tab back there keeping you extra comfortable.
Oh and I love how the lace comes up through the heal collar (rather than normal second eyelet at the top of a normal running shoe) which I feel like makes my foot feel even more secure in the shoe (plus I like the looks of it).
The outsole has an arrow point on the bottom which helps to guide your foot from heel to toe. This can help to make your run feel smoother and more efficient for me because I have a problem with pointing my feet out during the run. It has great traction on the bottom too!
Added bonus, I think they are beautiful. I sat and stared at them for five minutes when I first opened the box. I have named these beauties as ‘the shoes that are going to get me really fast for St. George Marathon 2018.’
BUT I am not sure I want to wear them for the actual marathon. I am wanting something a bit lighter to race in and I wish my feet could handle the Hyperions for anything longer than a track workout or 5k because they make me feel extra fast but that isn’t really a possibility for the marathon. I am going to try out the Brooks Ricochet soon and I think they might be my golden ticket… they are like a combo of the Levitates and Launch so they are lighter but still give you that energy and bounce that I crave from the Levitate. Maybe I will use the Levitate 2s for the marathon (SUCH HARD LIFE DECISIONS;), I will continue trying different shoes for tempo paces and long runs to get a better idea what I want for those 26.2 miles in 65 days.
Overall, they are my favorite to use for long runs, tempoish miles and days that I NEED some bounce in my step. If you loved the first Levitate, the base of the shoe feels just like the first one but I LOVE all of the improvements that were made in the upper of the 2s.
Who has tried the Levitate, what have your thoughts been? I would love to hear the evolution of your favorite runnings shoes… what were your first favorites and favorites since then?
Marathon runners—> What is your goto shoe for the actual marathon? What do you need for that many miles?
Do you get your clothes out the night before your workout? What things do you do to make it easier to go workout in the morning?
Anyone have an August birthday? Anyone in your family with an August birthday?