Friday, August 26, 2016

Nike Unlimited Chicago Decathlon - Part II

Continuing my recap of the Nike Chicago Unlimited Decathlon.
The festivities on the grounds of Soldier Field
To recap, here are the ten events we did that night:
  1. 100 meter sprint
  2. Standing long jump
  3. Shot put
  4. Vertical jump
  5. 400 meter run
  6. 60 meter hurdles
  7. Medicine ball throws
  8. Sled pulls
  9. Javelin
  10. 1500 meter run
I talked about the first five events here. Now, let's talk about events 6-10!

6. 60 meter hurdles
For our event, we were using a shorter version of the hurdles than in official competition. The ones we used were maybe lower- to mid-thigh height for me, whereas regulation hurdles would be around waist-high (42 inches). Additionally, in the decathlon this event is 110 meters, but we were only running 60 meters.

The staff advised that we would be disqualified from this event if we knocked any of the hurdles down. Therefore, we needed to balance accuracy with speed.

Here's a sample picture:
I have never run hurdles in my entire life, and we didn't get a chance to practice in advance. We just lined up, heard the whistle blow, then took off.

I'm very right-handed, so I thought I'd always lead my jumps with my right leg. However, I actually found it more intuitive to lead with my left leg. During my heat, I definitely prioritized accuracy over speed. I don't remember my exact timing but I think it was around 14 seconds?

I did see a number of other participants knock hurdles over and/or take vicious tumbles to the ground, especially after the sun went down. Yikes! In retrospect, my team was very fortunate to complete this event when we still had ample daylight.

7. Medicine ball throws
This activity involved participants throwing a medicine ball from a starting kneeling position. Men and women used medicine balls of different weights. We were instructed to spring up from our heels, use our core muscles on the release, then feel free to fall forwards. 
I found it challenging to get leverage from a kneeling position. I was also jarred by the impact of the post-release fall. Hitting the ground knocked the wind out of me a little bit. 

By this point in the night, the fatigue and lack of dinner was definitely wearing on me, and I was already dreading the 1500-meter run later on. In an effort to preserve my energy, I only elected to attempt the medicine ball throw twice. I don't remember my results.

8. Sled pulls
Weight sleds were set up on the grass with a rope attached. Participants had to pull the sled towards their standing position as quickly as possible. Unfortunately I don't know the exact specs of the sled's weight or the pull distance.
Staffers suggested we do a hand-over-hand pull. They mentioned others also had success by doing a two-handed pull, then gathering the rope slack in between pulls.

I completed my first attempt in just over 12 seconds. A few of my team members elected to stop after one attempt, but I tried twice. The experience helped as my second attempt was completed in just over 10 seconds. I was pretty proud of that. Then, my perspective changed when I saw a man complete the challenge in literally 2 seconds, with just two pulls. WOW.

9. Javelin
Staffers demonstrated the proper form, grip, stance, and how to find the javelin's center of gravity. They joked about us using plastic Fisher Price javelins that night compared to regulation metal javelins.
By the time my team got to this event, the sun had set and the fields were quite dark. It was difficult to see the field marks. Additionally, nobody seemed to be clear on how the team heats were being run. 

Due to the confusion, we ran short on time here. I completed one set of javelin attempts but couldn't see my results in the dark. Unfortunately, two members of my team did not get to make any attempts.

10. 1500 meter run
I had been dreading this event all evening. I kept thinking about how torturous it was going to be to run a heat of this distance after already completing 9 other events. My hamstrings were still barking at me, and I was exhausted and ravenous. I considered sitting out.

It was a huge relief to learn that the entire attendee population would be running the 1500 meters together. This took a lot of pressure off, and we later realized we weren't being timed. Everyone was instructed to have their cameras ready for the finish line. Then the crowd lined up for a loop around Soldier Field.

Near the end, we turned inside a Soldier Field entrance and wove through a few hallways. Suddenly we found ourselves finishing out on the playing field!
Cameras were broadcasting the finish line action onto the scoreboards on either side of the stadium. Participants tried to find themselves on the screens:
Here's a snapshot of Erin and me in our post-decathlon triumph - and for me, huge relief! (By the way, check out Erin's decathlon event recap here.)
Everyone gathered for a participant photo:
Then, it was time to relax and celebrate! 

Post-Decathlon Party
The post-decathlon festivities were super cool. The event organizers announced the winning teams and individual performances. All participants were treated to various food and beverage choices from the concession stands. Live Olympics television coverage was broadcast on the scoreboards. We had the entire stadium to ourselves.

Unfortunately I was completely wiped out, so I didn't feel like sticking around too long. 

I am very grateful to Nike Chicago and the Windy City Bloggers for giving me the opportunity to participate in such a marquis event.

This experience has increased my respect for decathletes a million times over. They make it look so much easier than it really is. The next day, I was so sore that it hurt to walk.

I now believe that Ashton Eaton is quite arguably the most incredible all-around athlete on this planet. Enormous congratulations to him on his Olympic decathlon gold medal!

Linking up with MarCourtney, and Cynthia for the Friday Five.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Walking in Memphis

I have a lot to share about my weekend travels to Memphis.
There's way too much to cover in a single post, so I'm going to do a two-part series. (Yes, it's Two-Part Series Week for me since I'm also writing up the Nike Unlimited Chicago Decathlon in two parts!)

Today, I'm going to talk about the local sights/sounds I experienced in Memphis. In a separate post, I'll cover the Memphis eats.

Let's get started on the sights and sounds!

The Peabody Hotel
The Peabody Hotel was my first stop when I started exploring downtown Memphis. It's a historic luxury hotel that is famous for the Peabody Ducks, which live on the hotel's rooftop. Every day, the ducks are led by a Duckmaster on a march to and from a large fountain in the lobby. During the days, they spend their days splashing around and living the duck life in high luxury.

I didn't see any of the ducks marching, but I stopped by during the daytime to see them in their "office." They are very cute!
L: The Peabody Ducks enjoying themselves in the fountain
Upper R: Plush ducks for sale in honor of the Peabody Ducks
Lower R: Duck hall of fame on the hotel's surrounding sidewalks
Rock N Soul Museum
This museum, which was developed by the Smithsonian Institution, showcases the stories and history of many pioneers in the Memphis music industry.

I learned so much from visiting the Rock N Soul! It was enthralling to discover more about the economic, racial, and social obstacles the musicians faced along the way. Those musical artists have had an enormous impact upon modern-day culture and society. I also loved that the museum had dozens of local artists' songs available for visitors to listen to. The audio selections really helped enrich the experience.
Upper L: Poplar Tunes was a record store that Elvis Presley frequented, and was also the first store to sell his records.
Lower L: Displays depicting rising blues musicians
R: Orange Mound was the first African-American neighborhood in the U.S. to be built by African Americans
Thou shalt not go to Memphis without visiting Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley. Admittedly, I considered skipping Graceland because I thought it would be very touristy and kitschy. However, I ended up enjoying my visit tremendously. Elvis was such an iconic figure in history, and Graceland was a fascinating glimpse into his life.

Here are a few of the rooms in the Graceland mansion:
Elvis's grave is onsite, as are graves for his mother, father, grandmother, and brother. Many visitors paid extremely solemn homage to the grave sites. 
The premises also included displays showcasing the hundreds upon hundreds of awards he received for his music.
This is a tiny, tiny, TINY sampling of Elvis's awards
My appreciation for Elvis's music has definitely increased after visiting Graceland! My newly identified favorite Elvis songs include Suspicious Minds and Hunka Hunka Burning Love. SIDE NOTE: Lilo and Stitch is one of my favorite movies, and the latter is inspired by this scene:
I also love this remix of Blue Suede Shoes, which was being played at one of the Graceland displays:
Sun Studio
This is a legendary recording studio at which dozens of famous musicians recorded their works over the decades. Examples include Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Elvis. Sun Studio remains as a working recording studio to this day, and continues to play host to both superstars and rising amateurs.
Upper L, Upper R, and Lower R: Scenes from the studio.
Lower L: Me doing my best impression of a recording artist using one of the original mics in the studio.
Beale Street
The famous neon party street and the center of music and entertainment in Memphis. Beale Street has a lot of storied history dating back to the early civil rights movement.
Top: View while approaching Beale Street
Bottom L: Table artwork depicting singer Rufus Thomas
Bottom R: Musical hall of fame walk on the Beale Street sidewalks 
Admittedly, I've heard the Beale Street venues are considered very touristy and that you needed to venture outside of downtown to visit the true local clubs. But when you're in town for the first time, you still gotta check it out, yes?

Side note - Beale Street had a heavy police presence when Adam and I were there on Saturday night. At some point in the evening, folks had to go through security and pay a fee to enter the area. (Apparently some portion of that fee could be credited for use in certain venues.) We later learned that there has been some recent gun violence on Beale Street leading to the increased security measures. As a result, the restaurants and clubs were not very crowded.

BB King's Blues Club
There were dozens of blues clubs and other music venues to pick from on Beale Street, but I had heard good things about BB King's. I definitely wanted to check out the namesake of the famous BB King.

Here was our view of the performance stage:
Civil Rights Museum
As the name implies, the Civil Rights museum chronicles the history of the Civil Rights Movement. The museum was built around the former Lorraine Motel, the site of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination. The Motel has been designed to maintain its same appearance from the time of murder.
The wreath in the left picture marks the approximate spot that MLK stood when the assassination occurred.
As a child growing up, I had learned about the civil rights movement in history class. However, I realize now how much I did not comprehend as a child. The exhibits were incredibly moving and really drove home the magnitude of the struggles. It made me contemplate how our society simultaneously lives in very progressive times while also remaining plagued by ongoing centuries-old challenges.
Upper L: A depiction of Rosa Parks
Upper R: Depiction from the Sit-In Movement
Middle L: Protest signs
Middle R: Depiction of the Memphis sanitation strike
Bottom L and Bottom R: Exhibits describing civil rights beliefs; the one on the right depicts a jail cell
I think this museum should be a requirement for all Americans to visit. It was one of the most impactful sights I've ever seen.

...and that concludes my recap of the weekend's sights and sounds! Coming up: The Memphis food.

I will be inaugurally linking up with Chris and Heather; Lauren; Ashley; Amanda and Brian; and Carolann and Macrae for Weekend Wanderlust.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Nike Unlimited Chicago Decathlon recap - Part I

Last Thursday, thanks to the Windy City Bloggers Collective, I was part of a team of seven folks competing in the first-ever Nike Unlimited Chicago Decathlon.
From L to R: Caitlin, Zachary, me, Erin, Ali, Sheena, and Aleisha
NOTE: All forthcoming photos in this post are official event photos.

Here's a cool event photo of our team's pacer, Ervin, taking our photo:
Nike Chicago was hosting the event inspired by USA Decathlete Ashton Eaton, who was competing in the Olympic Decathlon finals that same evening.

I wasn't sure what to expect from the event. I thought we'd be doing a decathlon-inspired group workout of some sort. Imagine my surprise when I arrived at Soldier Field on Thursday night and saw a plethora of decathlon stations set up around the grounds.

Nike Chicago was so generous to hand out sneakers to all of us, plus the white "Unlimited Chicago" event shirts that some of us were wearing. After donning our gear, we gathered with the crowd of attendees to receive instructions. We learned that we would indeed be competing in ten different track and field events that night. Each team would submit the two best results for each event by gender, and the results would be assigned point values on a per-team basis.
The crowd of competitors gathered for instruction.
Some of the events were actual decathlon events, whereas a few events were being modified or substituted for practical reasons. In case anyone is curious, the listing of ten official decathlon events is available here. Comparatively, here are the ten events we underwent that night:
  1. 100 meter sprint
  2. Standing long jump
  3. Shot put
  4. Vertical jump
  5. 400 meter run
  6. 60 meter hurdles
  7. Medicine ball throws
  8. Sled pulls
  9. Javelin
  10. 1500 meter run
Since it would be overkill to try to talk about all 10 events in a single post, I'm going to split this recap into two separate posts where I cover 5 events in each. Here are the first five:

1. 100 Meter Sprint
After watching Usain Bolt and the other Olympians complete the 100-meter sprint in less than 10 seconds a few days earlier, I had been wondering how long it might take an average person to run. (My guess was 20-25 seconds.) Now was my chance to find out!

We ran a series of heats with four other teams, where each team sent one person to compete at a time. Ali was the brave soul from our team who elected to race in the very first heat of the entire night. Here is a picture of him (he is the runner farthest to the right):
The sprints were supposed to be chip-timed. Unfortunately, the event organizers experienced some technical issues, so we didn't realize until afterwards that the first heat didn't get timed. Poor Ali ended up having to do the sprint twice! He did take several minutes to recover in between his two heats, but even so - that must have been brutal.

I was very nervous going into my heat. I hadn't fueled properly, hadn't warmed up, and had taken a Strength Max class less than 90 minutes earlier - so I knew I had some handicaps coming in.

Despite the short distance, my plan was to try a negative-split-type strategy. It was harder than anticipated to get momentum going at the start, and made me realize the importance of the spikes and blocks that sprinters use! Then, about halfway through, my hamstrings started screaming bloody murder at me. It was killer.

I did my best to push through and finished in 16 seconds flat. Not too bad, but definitely could have been better with more adequate preparation.

2. Standing long jump
Each of us was measured on the closest distance between any part of our body touching the ground versus the point of our jump. Each attendee had two attempts.

Here's a sample picture from the long jump station:
The jump was a lot harder to do than it looked. Many folks, myself included, ended up taking a step backwards after our jump. As such, we were instructed to try to fall forwards, which was also difficult.

I don't remember my exact long jump results, but I think it was somewhere around 6 feet.

3. Shot put
We used shot puts of different weights for the men and the women. Assuming the shot puts were regulation weights, the men's was 16 pounds and the women's was 8.8 pounds. A Nike staffer demonstrated suggested proper form to us, including how to hold the shot put, how to step off with our feet, and how to release. He emphasized that we should try to use our core muscles instead of our arm/shoulder muscles on the release.

Here's a sample picture from the shot put station:
This was my first time ever throwing a shot put. It was much more slippery than I expected, and was tough to get a grip on it. I also found it tricky trying to get the footwork down.

Each of us rotated as many attempts as we could during our allotted time. I tried twice. Unfortunately I don't remember what my result was. However, I think this is definitely an event in which some extra practice would have been very beneficial to get the proper form down.

4. Vertical jump
The event organizers had a electronic pad that we stood on, which measured our vertical leap electronically. Here's a sample picture:
I figured the machine would track the highest distance that any body part reached, so I assumed we should try to bend our knees during the jump. However, a Nike staffer indicated that knee bends were not beneficial, and that we should just jump with straight legs.

We were given one practice jump, then two recorded attempts. On my practice jump, I ended up landing off balance and stepping off the pad, which skewed my results. On my recorded attempts, I decided to attempt one jump with a knee bend and one without. Sure enough, my jump without bending my knees resulted in a better result - but again, I don't remember my exact results here.

5. 400 meter run
By the time we got to the 400 meter run, I was already feeling fatigued both mentally and physically. I couldn't believe we weren't even halfway through the night's events yet. My hamstrings were barking voraciously at me so I was very apprehensive about doing another sprint-type event.

I don't think the event photographers shared any action photos from the 400-meter event, so here's another snapshot from the 100-meter (you get the idea):
A Nike staffer gave us some suggested strategy. She said the 400 meter run was her favorite event from when she ran track, and described it as being a "long sprint." Her instructions were essentially to make sure we didn't start out too fast, and then to push harder and harder with each subsequent 100 meters we passed.

Being a true believer in the negative split strategy, I followed this guidance as best as I could. Shortly after the start, I was alarmed to be in last place in my heat. Then, as the distance progressed, I sped up and did manage to overtake several others before I finished.

Based on the top speed at which I thought I could run one mile (around 7:30?), I thought maybe I'd finish around 1:40. I ended up finishing in 1:25, which I was pretty happy with. Again, it definitely could have been better with more adequate preparation.

Five events down, five to go! To be continued.

Linking up with MarciaPatti, and Erika for Tuesdays on the Run.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Weekly recap: August 15-21, 2016

Hi friends! Adam and I got back last night from our weekend trip to Memphis. It was a very enjoyable visit and I have an renewed appreciation for the charms of the south. I will share more details later this week.

In the meantime, I am linking up with HoHo and Tricia for the Weekly Wrap.
Here's how the week shook out:
MONDAY - 10 minutes stationary cycling, 45 minutes strength training
TUESDAY - Run 3 miles on treadmill, yoga class
WEDNESDAY - Zumba class, Mobility 101 class
THURSDAY - Strength Max class, Nike Unlimited Chicago Decathlon
FRIDAY - Rest (but lots of walking in Memphis)
SATURDAY - Rest (but lots of walking in Memphis)
SUNDAY - 40 minutes stationary cycling

Notes from the week:
  • The Nike Unlimited Chicago Decathlon last Thursday was a great event. I'll talk about it more in a separate post - but in short, it was a big learning experience while also being extremely challenging, both mentally and physically. My respect for decathletes has skyrocketed a thousand-fold!
  • I am getting increasingly concerned about my hamstrings. They are perpetually tight, even when I'm just walking around, and when I run they really, REALLY make their presence known. Admittedly, I haven't been good about stretching or foam rolling (i.e. other than yoga, I haven't done any focused stretching in weeks, maybe even months!) My lack of stretching has definitely caught up to me with a vengeance. Heck, at this point it has run me over like a bulldozer.
  • One of the fitness instructors at my gym mentioned my hamstring pain is likely due to weak hips. This would make sense, as I have a long history of injuries attributable to weak hips (runner's knee, ITBS, piriformis syndrome, et al). For a long time, I experienced some nasty piriformis pain while running. However, my recent barrage of squats, lunges, and other hip-strengthening work has eliminated the piriformis pain, so I'm not sure where to focus next. I'm wondering if it's really possible for the hip muscles to be that localized?
  • Last week, I underwent a mobility assessment. The diagnosis was that my inner right thigh needs some work. I've definitely neglected doing any lateral leg strengthening. My gym doesn't have an adductor or abductor machine, either, so I don't think about missing it. It's probably time to pull out the fitness bands and start loading up on clamshells and monster walks.

In other randomness...
  • Blackhawks tickets went on sale this morning! I blocked off my calendar in advance, put up my "Do Not Disturb" sign, and armed myself with both of my laptops and my cell phone. I had a few tense minutes there watching the clock tick down - but now everything is set. I'll be going to at least five games this season: October 15 vs Nashville; December 23 vs Colorado; February 26 vs St. Louis; March 1 vs Pittsburgh; and March 12 vs Minnesota. I am excited for hockey season to begin!
  • One of my favorite times of the year is when the weather is on the cusp of summer and fall. That time is now and I love it. I've been out of school for longer than I care to admit, but there is something special about the "back-to-school" atmosphere. You can just feel the collective hope and excitement in the air.
  • I didn't watch much of the Olympics over the weekend, but how cool was it to see Meb Keflezhigi doing push-ups at the marathon finishing line? He is awesome.
    What a legend!!!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Thursday Things

Chicago Running Bloggers is under new management!
I am forever grateful to Maggie for fostering the awesome Chicago Running Bloggers community over the last 4.5 years.
I have learned so much from my fellow running bloggers (both from Chicago and from beyond!) Through the network, I've developed a wonderful group of friends who never cease to amaze and inspire me.

Unfortunately, Maggie recently decided to step down from managing the CRB. I was very sad to lose the local network group, as were many others. After some discussion, Pete, Bethany, and I volunteered to keep the group going on a collaborative basis.

The Chicago Running Bloggers group "relaunched" earlier this week! It's already been a really fun experience. I think having the three of us sharing in the efforts makes it much easier to handle compared to a single person doing it all. Cheers to continuing the journey, and thanks again to Maggie for starting the local movement! =)
Throwback to the CRB weekend getaway to Lake Geneva a few years ago
The Pilsen Neighborhood Immersion last Sunday was unique. 
Since this was a Chicago Mash event hosted by Brooklyn Brewery, the core of the event was a bar crawl. I'm not a beer drinker, so I didn't partake in any of the beverage offerings. That aside, the event opened my eyes up to several cute local stores and restaurants that I hadn't heard of before. Pilsen really is an amazing neighborhood.

Here are a few snapshots:
Top L: Brooklyn Brewery display at the event's "trailhead"
Middle L: Pilsen Community Books
Bottom L: Decor at Pl-zen
Top R: Verdant Matter
Middle R: Knee Deep Vintage
Bottom R: Mural outside of Simone's
Upper L: Stumbled upon this big guy somewhere along 18th Street. I'm not sure what it represents, but it's a fun example of all the amazing street art in Pilsen.
Upper R: Random snapshot of Adam with some of the Dia de los Muertos-themed art at Simone's
Bottom: At the "trailhead" with Monica from Chi Organic Girls and Natali
Lake Michigan sunset cruises never get old.
Earlier this week, the Windy City Bloggers hosted a member cruise on the Mystic Blue.
All aboard with Maggie and Erin.
The sailor hats were my favorite - I wanted to take mine home!
The cruise was a blast. We had perfect weather and lots of food, beverages, and games (although some of us elected not to play the giant Jenga simply because we didn't want to have to clean it up afterwards, LOL).
Mini Italian beef sandwiches, mini hot dogs, mini tacos.
The giant Jenga made an earthshatteringly loud crash anytime it collapsed.
The highlight of the event, of course, was being treated to the most stunning backdrop anyone could ever ask for. I've lived in Chicago for 15+ years and have been on at least a dozen lakefront cruises, but I am still awestruck every time I see the beautiful skyline.

Tonight I am participating in a Nike Unlimited Chicago Decathlon event where we'll get to "train like Ashton Eaton" (relatively speaking, of course).
Ashton Eaton competing at the javelin throw during the 2015 World Athletics Championship
Other than running, I've never done any of decathlon-type events - so this will be a learning experience! Hopefully there are safeguards in place for any event that requires us (translation: me) to inaugurally hurl heavy/sharp objects out into the field...

Graceland under water
This weekend, Adam and I are heading to Memphis. It'll be my first time visiting and I'm looking forward to cramming in as much history, food, and music as I can.
Stitch doing his best beachfront Elvis impression
Unfortunately, since I'm not running many races these days, my rain jinx has now spread to my weekend travels. It's supposed to storm all weekend! Fingers crossed that the meteorologists will be wrong!

What plans do you have for the upcoming weekend? Have you ever thrown a shotput/javelin/discus, et al? Memphis aficionados, please share any local restaurant/activity recommendations!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Starters vs Finishers

Personalities fascinate me. I enjoy learning about introverts/extroverts, learning styles, reward preferences, communication methods, Myers-Briggs, etc., etc., etc. (Speaking of Myers-Briggs, I am an ENFJ, but over the years I've started trending towards INFJ.)

It is always interesting to understand how various personality traits can apply to real life scenarios.
For what it's worth, my ENFJ type would classify me as Butter Pecan. However, out of the options listed, my favorite flavors are Mint Chocolate Chip and Rocky Road.

A few months ago, I read a book that talked about starters vs finishers. I've been thinking about the concept recently. In short, starters like to begin new projects and enjoy the novelty of new ideas, but are challenged to push through the working details. Conversely, finishers enjoy crossing tasks off their lists and working through the challenges to get to the end goal.

Here's a more simplistic example: Starters get more satisfaction in opening new containers, whereas finishers get more satisfaction in recycling the container after using the very last drop.

There is no right or wrong type, of course. It's just a function of who you are.
Personally, I am a finisher. I get a sense of accomplishment from squeezing out the final drip of shampoo from a bottle, eating the last slice of cheese in a package, or getting complete wear out of a pair of socks. From a business perspective, you could describe me as being someone who likes to maximize all available value.

Conversely, I get frustrated when I see a container (or worse yet, multiple containers) sitting on the shelf with just a tiny bit of product left. I think, Why don't you just use it up and be done with it?

In my office kitchen, one fridge has bottles of milk for folks to use in their coffee. Many times I'll see that someone left a bottle sitting there with five drops of milk left. This makes me wonder who the culprit was.

Case in point:
Contrary to what it might sound like, I'm not completely fixated on finishing. I do enjoy making the first scoop into a brand-new carton of ice cream, making the first squeeze out of a new bottle of body wash, taking a pair of running shoes out for their inaugural run, etc. However, I definitely get more satisfaction from closing out an old item than I do in starting a new one.

From a runner's perspective, I like to log 300 miles on my running shoes before I retire them. I've currently got one pair of shoes at 291 miles. I've also got a brand-new pair of shoes waiting in the wings, but I won't let myself wear them until I close out the old ones. Once I start the new, I'm not going to want to wear the old anymore! Unfortunately, since I've been doing so little running over the past few weeks (plus I rotate three pairs of shoes), it's taking me a really, REALLY long time to get the oldest pair to the finish line.

The lingering has bothered me a little bit. Not enough to motivate me to run more, though! LOL. Hopefully I'll get them to the finish within the next two weeks.
Your turn! Tell me about your running shoe transition strategy. How many miles do you log on your shoes before you retire them? What's your Myers-Briggs personality type? In life, are you a starter or a finisher?

Linking up with MarciaPatti, and Erika for Tuesdays on the Run.