Thursday, February 11, 2016

Three Things Thursday

1. Shoes at your service
Today I've got a hill-training workout on the schedule. Usually I keep a pair of running shoes at my desk for treadmill wear. Unfortunately, I took them home last week and forgot to bring them back. Right now, I only have a pair of retired running shoes in my gym locker, which I wear just for lifting, biking, and Zumba. ARGH!

I debated going home to retrieve some in-service shoes. Unfortunately, it's about 10 degrees Fahrenheit outside, which makes this idea sound very unappealing.
Xaar suggested going to buy a new pair of running shoes at lunchtime. I would wholeheartedly embrace her solution!!! Heck, I'd "accidentally" leave my shoes at home maybe once a week!!! =P But the sad reality is that my office isn't convenient to any stores that sell legit shoes.

This mean I'm likely going to suck it up and run in retired shoes today. First world runner problems!
I wish there was an Uber-type shoe service that could deliver shoes in 10-15 minutes for purchase and/or testing. You know there have been many critical instances where runners needed shoes "on demand." Wouldn't that be awesome?

2. The trials and tribulations
Who else is excited to watch the U.S. Olympic Marathon trials this weekend??? It's like Super Bowl Day for runners! For once, the commercials might actually be well-segmented towards my personal interests. =D

Speaking of running commercials, this one is unique:
I've heard the elites only compete in two or maybe three marathons per year due to the strain on the body. Realistically, this means the folks competing in this weekend's trials likely won't run 26.2 again until the actual Olympics in Rio. The timing seems like it would be tough from a mental preparation standpoint - but the elites obviously must be used to it.

3. Hockey talk
It was exciting to learn Chicago will be hosting the NHL Draft next year. I was a little surprised, to be honest, because I thought the NHL leaned towards "up and coming" markets for hosting these events. But hey, we'll take it! Between Chicago's hostings of the NFL draft in 2015 and 2016, and now the NHL draft in 2017, let's start calling Chicago "Draft Town"!

I was also excited to hear the Blackhawks will be visiting the White House (again) next Thursday to commemorate their 2015 Stanley Cup Championship. What an honor and a privilege. I am wishing I could be in DC next week to enjoy the buzz.
This picture doesn't have anything to do with the NHL Draft or the White House visit.
I just think it's a heartwarmingly adorable scene.

12 comments:

  1. I think Fleet Feet (or another smaller running shop) used to deliver shoes. Not sure if they still do, but someone did think of that idea at some point! It's perfect for runner emergencies! And Amazon now has local places in Chicago where you can pick up your stuff, though I don't know if it's same-day!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. All hail to any place that would deliver shoes in a pinch! For future emergencies, we need to do research and find out who still offers that kind of service!!! I did order something from Amazon once that offered same-day delivery. I was admittedly skeptical that they would come through - but lo and behold, the package showed up at my building that night! "I love logistics." =D

      Delete
  2. Uber running shoes -- I like! That is a sweet picture of the players and their kids.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Instant running shoes, YES!!!! The picture is from Hockey Fights Cancer Night and I think all the kids in the picture have been dealing with cancer in some way. It makes the scene all the more touching!

      Delete
  3. I keep an old pair of running shoes at my desk for...walking at lunch. I sweat like a pig and if I ran, I'd need a whole makeover!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I struggle with "cleaning up" after working out at lunchtime, too! Some folks take showers and redo their hair and makeup after lunchtime exercise, but I don't have that kind of time, either!

      Delete
  4. I can't wait to watch the trials on Saturday. I'm getting nervous for all the runners and hope it's a good race.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I am getting nervous for the runners, too! Even just thinking about how much at stake makes my heart jump - can't imagine what they must be thinking!

      Delete
  5. I think Amazon could make it happen here, we have one hour delivery :) New shoes, lots of goodies :) I haven't tried it though, I am tooo cheap lol

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. One hour delivery, ahhhhh!!!!! Yeah, I try to limit the amount of shopping online I do, too, but that one-hour delivery window sounds super nice!!!

      Delete
  6. Chicago does seem to be draft town now! I'm pretty excited about it :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. We are lucky to be here to experience all of these fun events as they are unfolding before our very eyes! =)

      Delete