New Shoes, New Bookcase

With curling season finally over, it’s time to turn my attention to fairer weather activities, like running and biking. This weekend, I took my bike out for a test spin, and shockingly found everything still fairly well tuned. I’ll probably start riding to work in the next couple of weeks.
I went to a real running shoe store on Sunday to get fitted for new shoes. Here’s what I posted about the store on Yelp.com:

After years of picking my running shoes by looking for a $60-80 shoe, trying it out, and figuring it was fine, I decided it was time to get truly fitted for new shoes this time. My body is getting creakier with the years, and those little injuries start adding up, so I needed to make sure it wasn’t my equipment that was doing it to me.
I was helped by Sandra, who had me roll up my jeans and take off my shoes so she could get a good look at my feet. She immediately saw I had high arches, which I had never been told before. My walking stride didn’t show anything out of the ordinary, so it was time to take a look at my jogging stride. After putting a pair of Asics Cumulus on my feet, I ran down the sidewalk away from her, then back. She noticed a slight roll in my left foot, and we went back inside to try out some shoes.
Since I am only going to be running 5-10k at the most, she recommended a shoe with just a little bit of support to keep me from rolling when I get tired. The first shoe ended up being the one I liked most, as it felt the most like an extension of my foot. I left with a new pair of Saucony Progrid Guides. I was very pleased that they were only $90, and that she hadn’t gotten me into a pair of $200 shoes without me realizing.
Great experience, and I could see while I was there that the other people in the store were getting the same personal attention that I was.

I’m excited to try them out on a real run soon, and I’ll record my stats on my GPS watch.
We also picked up a new bookcase. After years of abuse, our crappy particleboard bookcase was listing alarmingly to one side, so we decided it was time for a new one. We had our eye on the 5 shelf Riley bookcase at World Market, but we wanted to check out our local “bare wood” furniture store first. I wasn’t blown away by any of their choices, but they had a good one that we could have stained ourselves for around $300. But when we popped in to World Market, we found the one we wanted on sale for just over $200, and we had to get it. I spent the afternoon putting it together, and it’s very solid, and goes well in our living room. Looks a heck of a lot nicer than the old one too.
So that’s a big chunk of our economic stimulus check spent before it even gets here….