A shoe update

Well, in case you were wondering, running has become a part of my life that is a habit, like brushing your teeth or wearing your retainer or wearing red lipstick, as I said a habit. I wanted to make a post about the three pairs of shoes I have used on this fun journey to discovering how many blisters my toes can get the more I increase my mileage. Supportive running shoes – this is something that all runners need. Running is a very cost effective sport despite the cost of good runners, if that makes any sense. You can buy crops at a an inexpensive cost at winners, on sale at running room etc or even wear a simple pair you found at the thrift store, shoes are not the place to skimp people. My journey with shoes has been quite the time. I have had a hell of time finding the right shoes.

First my foot type: high arches, bunions, neutral foot.

I used to run in Asics back in the day when I ran in the summers with my mom and those hurt my knees. So when I started running this year I was running in the Nike flyKnit Zoom – I started running on the treadmill and had no pain in these shoes at all. But as soon as I began running outside I could quickly tell the cushioning wore off.

Then hit the winter. Yes folks, I still ran outside in the freezing winter, snow, sleet, wind and all. I thought that because the flyknit’s worked out so well that I would order the Free Run Distance shield that were indeed waterproof but after about 2 months of running in them I sustained my injury. Then not being able to walk so I had to take a month off. BRB while I cry and become a nightly foam roller.

Before I left for Europe I went to running room. Ugh. Where do I begin. The guy there: a: told me my arches weren’t my problem but it was my ankles…like okay….sure…i mean they aren’t the strongest but alrighty sir you are supposed to be the expert. (WRONG I WAS). I bought the mizuno wave rider 20 which I am now finding out IS A NARROW SHOE like alrighty. My bunions have never had quite the pain they had in  these runners. Literally, I would run down the street and my bunions would already be in pain. I know I will never be pain free but this? This was just getting out of hand. Even when I used to skate, my feet NEVER hurt this much.

Alas, my wonderful friend took me to her family friend that works at New Balance. New Balance was a brand I had discounted, for political reasons but also because I thought they just made street shoes and never thought of them as a running brand. But the experience at the store was wonderful, I went on this fun contraption that told the lady I my foot type, and pretty much all the information from my feet. Spot on – high arches, bunions, one foot a half size bigger. The woman there is also a bunion sufferer and recommend the best shoes I’ve ever worn.  Honestly. They are ridiculously comfortable. As someone with bunions the mizuno was way to tight on the arch and had minimal cushioning on the front part of my foot. My New Balance are specifically made with cushioning on both the front and back part of the foot as well as ample arch support so the bunion doesn’t absorb all the shock when you run. They also come in wide width – a blessing really.

 

You best believe I will be purchasing another pair for my winter running. Advice for anyone interested in running: go to New Balance. This has been by far my BEST experience looking and purchasing a pair of runners. Whatever your feelings towards the company, their employees know their stuff and are WILLING to listen to you.

 

I hope you enjoyed my kind of review/advice on runners and that this can help you pick the best pair for you.

 


What I Learned about Myself Travelling to Europe for the First Time

recently had the wonderful opportunity to go to Europe for 8 days. It was a whirlwind trip, full of amazing sights, being extremely tired, some good French fries and creating art in the Jardin du Luxembourg.

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Jardin Du Luxembourg

The thing about travelling long haul for the first time is you never know what to expect. I went with a tour group which was fantastic, because had I not I would not have gotten to experience art in Paris, to experience Versailles, or to experience the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. We also went to perfume museum in France where to say the least I was in heaven, we saw a pick pocketer get taken down outside of the Notre Dame and I got to experience the streets of Amsterdam (and by golly I loved it there, kind of want to move there now). This trip was by far an adventure, it was jam packed like the Amazing Race, from tulip gardens to Vimy Ridge to the extremely overpriced mall in Paris I feel as though I got a wonderful tourist experience that I signed up for.

I cannot describe how the vibe of countries change, Europe is a different place, there is no concept of time, all of the buildings are stunning and people are so fashionable. I think my favourite moment was seeing the women on their bikes in Amsterdam wearing their straight out of a magazine clothing and just riding along without a care in the world.

 

However, I wanted to tell you a few things I learned about myself during this trip.

I like to have a single room. Plain and simple. Nothing further needs to be stated.

I love touristy things but I also love free time. Versailles was amazing, tours are my jam, but I also like to wander. Since our trip was tightly planned (which I am a personal fan of) there wasn’t a whole ton of free time. However, one of my favourite places was Flanders, Belgium. We got some gelato, and I had some time to myself so I got to wander and go shopping, pick some makeup you cannot get here in the Canadas.

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Essence stand in Flanders. LIKE HOW

I like Canadian plumbing. Not going to lie folks, we encountered some pretty sketchy washrooms. And I mean sketchy. Like the toilet seats aren’t big enough and their toilets also don’t fill up? And they smell odd, kind of like when you haven’t flushed your toilet in awhile but all the time.  This doesn’t speak for everywhere we went, but it was an interesting aspect of culture shock I didn’t think I would have. However, this was a small price to pay for such a wonderful adventure.

I want to travel more. Aye there’s the rub. I want to travel but travelling costs money? Okay, so here is what I learned. My bank account is almost empty, there are hidden costs in travelling so OVER BUDGET for things like food, drinks, bathrooms (be sure to have small change on you cause most public washrooms, at least in Paris, cost money to use). BUT despite my bank account being almost empty my heart couldn’t be more full. Its cheesy, but its true.

Amsterdam is a definitely a place I want to go back to. On my travel wish list is London, Scotland and Budapest! Hmmm perhaps the next trip 😉 Where do you want to travel next?


Week 5

So week five has come and gone. I started this week excited that it was FINALLY going to be November! Which means many assignments, upcoming finals but also one of two of my favourite things; Christmas decorating and finding the PERFECT gift for my loved ones.

Monday , Halloween. Yes I’m 90 and did not go out for Halloween because I was baking cookies and watching parks and rec. I had a decent run, it was quite a long run and also a really hot one. I’m not sure why Western’s gym is so hot and why they don’t turn on the ceiling fans but omg I was sweating from my fricken elbows folks.

Wednesday, yes we are finally in November. I cannot describe how exciting it is that this month is here. Sure, I have some assignments due to be completely honest I don’t let what marks I may or may not get impede my daily schedule. I used to make excuses as to why I couldn’t workout like “oh I have readings” or “oh I have a paper I need to start”. However, I’m trying to make running into habit that will help me with my future career. A habit much like one of the most relaxing parts of my day, doing my makeup. Anyway, this run was refreshingly short, but also kind of frustrating. My Nike app wasn’t working and my headphones had also broke so that was really frustrating, but alas I pushed through and finished.

Ah Saturday. I changed my day because I had quite a few things to do on Friday and an event at night, which was seeing Ivan Coyote speak about their experiences as trans person and was all around fabulous. Saturday was a warm day! I know…its November. There was some beautiful fall weather with 9-10 degrees for a few days then the weather just decided to go back to being what people call “nice”. Which I don’t fully disagree with, but I also would love to not be sweaty every time I wear a sweater, because I’m all about turtle necks so please weather I’m just asking for a bit of fall!  Anyway, this was a decent run, a few hurdles, the gym was so hot that I was having a hard time just because literally every part of me was pouring with sweat and there was absolutely no air flow. I finished and went home. I plan to start running outdoors at some point, so I look forward to the day when there is some sort of breeze!

Despite the hurdles, I am really happy that I have been keeping up this three days a week running schedule. I understand that for many people this may not seem like much but for me and running this is a lot. I used to run maybe once a week or month, and just give up. But it feels good to be sticking with a schedule and really being disciplined. I am also working on adding two days a week of strength rather then just one! Have a fabulous week and I do hope you also find a good sale on Werther’s soft chew caramels because they are the best.


Feminism growth

If you have read my earlier posts you would know that I didn’t claim to know about feminism as a whole and I was someone that learned about feminism through what they call “Internet Feminism” which included loving Taylor Swift and the like (not gonna lie I do still jam out to her music, she is one of my problematic faves).  However, in the past year and a bit I have been learning and growing as a feminist so I just wanted to update you.

Now that I have learned about intersectionality and am pursuing a women’s studies degree, my feminist perspective has grown and changed. While I still think equal pay is important something I’ve spoken about before, I now see that feminism beyond the dictionary definition. I have never taken a women’s studies course until last year and on the first day I learned so much, I would like to say I became “enlightened” as some might say. My feminist theory has grown and changed and I’m proud that it has. I think a large part of being a “good” feminist (whatever that actually means) is always growing, learning and listening to ALL perspectives of women from various different backgrounds and whom sit on various intersections of life.

If you happen read my old posts remain kind in your thoughts and just know that I come from a small town of 3000 people where my only education on feminism was the Internet . The beginning of my post secondary career was journalism and then a year of college where I was in a very general program that included no women’ studies as I was trying to figure out my life (when are we not doing that let’s be real). While the internet was a great start for me in my learning a very small shmiggle of feminism, I have learned so much which continues to form and change my perspectives on the world around me. That is what is so great about being a women’s studies major I LITERALLY (said in Chris Treager’s voice from Parks and Rec) learn something new every single time I step foot in my women’s studies classes and in the awesome feminist community of students I have discovered since switching universities.