Shoe Changes

I am not a big fan of change. When I first got more serious about running and went to a running store to get fit for shoes, they recommended Asics 2150.

Asics GT-2150

These shoes got me through all my early racing and training without incident. When they started to wear out I purchased the next in the series, the 2160.

Asics GT-2160

No injuries or problems, so I never saw a reason to change. Until now.

I received an email from my local running store (Fitniche) that the only real running shoes I have ever worn in my two years of running were being discontinued. The good news was that they were having a sale to clear out the last model year (GT-2170). I got my butt right over to Lakeland looking to stock up on a few pairs of shoes and to put off the inevitable search for new shoes.

Sadly, they only had one pair of 2170’s in my size.

Asics GT-2170

At least they were purple, so that kind of helped ease my pain.

So now I have one pair of the only running shoes I ever worn left and know I will need to replace them eventually. I did a little bit of research to find out what the replacement line is for the 2100 series and it looks like Asics has two options for a replacement. One is the GT-2000 and the other is the GT-1000. Both lines are being launched in October.

I decided to try to adapt and purchased a pair of Asics GT-1000’s.

Asics GT-1000 PR Shoes

They are literally the cutest running shoes I have ever worn and received many compliments on them. Asics teamed up with Christina Applegate’s Right Action For Women fund which provides assistance to women who are at an increased risk for breast cancer. During October, they will donate $2 for every pair sold.

After running in the GT-1000’s for two weeks, I am not entirely sure how I feel. I don’t hate them but I do notice that they have less cushioning than the GT-2170’s. This is not necessarily a bad thing but I do notice it.

Have your favorite running shoes been discontinued?

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Stress And The Body

A few years ago I was diagnosed with Graves Disease. Graves Disease is an immune disorder that results in the overproduction in thyroid hormone. There are two treatments for Graves Disease, thyroid removal or Radioactive Iodine, which is absorbed by the thyroid and destroys its’ tissue. My doctor opted for the later. In some cases where the Radioactive Iodine is administered, the thyroid retains some function. I am one of those cases. I do take medication to make sure my thyroid levels stay normal but have been lucky and I have very few issues.

I see an Endocrinologist twice a year, mainly to go over blood work (they check various thyroid levels, glucose, and cortisol.) Everything is great except my cortisol levels. They are consistently through the roof. Cortisol is a hormone secreted by the adrenal gland that is involved in many biological functions such as glucose metabolism, immune function, and regulation of blood pressure. My levels are very high and have been over a period of years and they have even tested me for Cushing’s Syndrome but I do not have it. The only conclusion is that I am stressed.

Stressed Infographic

I don’t feel stressed but my body is telling a different story. High cortisol levels are no laughing matter and I need to get these levels down to ensure my continued good health.

How do you deal with stress?

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Matched By Ally Condie: A Review

Matched By Ally Condie

Title: Matched

Author: Ally Condie

Series: Matched #1

Publisher: Dutton Juvenile

Published Date: November 1, 2010

Matched by Ally Condie is a great addition to the ever-growing Young Adult Dystopian genre. It features a strong heroine in Cassia, who is very smart and slowly begins to recognize the truth about the world she lives in. I love to read female teen characters that have strength in their convictions and will do the right thing even when it’s hard.

On her matching day, Cassia finds out she is matched with Xander, her best friend. It is unusual but not unheard of for people to be matched with someone they already know. Cassia is given a disk with information about her match and when she views it another face is shown on the screen. A glitch like this is unheard of and it starts a chain of events that change Cassia’s life forever.

This book is difficult to put down. It really has it all forbidden love, a government that has a big secret, and a character that is put in an impossible situation. The normal awakening and awareness of self that one experiences in the teen years coupled with a forbidden love and a government that is literally out to get you, makes for an exciting read.

I am glad that the love triangle was dispatched quickly. Even though Cassia tries to imagine her perfect little life with Xander, she realizes that you cannot go back. That knowledge changes you.

This series is often compared with The Hunger Games but I think The Uglies Series is a much better comparison. There is a lightness here that The Hunger Games lacks. The dark things are just below the surface and will most likely rear their heads in books two and three.

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This is a paid review for BlogHer Book Club but the opinions expressed are my own.

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