Photo of the day – Black Friday finally paid off!

See those shoes? No big deal, right? Well, let me tell you, these are the first pair of running shoes I’ve bought in almost 10 years!

I’ve been trying to run on a more regular basis as I can’t seem to find the time to get mountain bike rides in. However, there’s been a problem. My knees have been sore. This has never happened before.

I was talking to my sister and brother-in-law recently about trying to run more, and my knees bugging me. She said, “Well, how old are your shoes?”. Um, older than my oldest son…Ya, I guess that’s a problem.

I’m really picky when it comes to buying me anything. I usually pick a price that I wish to pay for something, and if I can’t find it at that price, I don’t get it.

For the last 15 years, I’ve decided I haven’t wanted to pay more that $75 for running shoes. The problem with that is that at some point good quality shoes go up in price along with inflation. I have been able to find shoes around $75, but they haven’t been good running shoes.

Then, along comes Black Friday! I never have shopped during this almost exclusively US shopping frenzy, however today I was at my local mall, and this sports store was advertising Black Friday sales.

Low and behold, they had a $150 pair of actual ‘running shoes’ on sale for $74.99! One penny below my threshold!


If it’s not pissing out tomorrow, I think I’m going on a run during my lunch. My knees may even thank me!


Photo of the day – Light as a feather

I was going to write about my thoughts on September 11th today, however I have nothing new to add to the commentary. The entire day has been filled with heroic and tearful stories.

So, instead I thought I would share with you a feather. Sometimes the world comes crashing down on you and the weight of the world is on your shoulders. I have felt like that as of late.

The majority of the problem for me is the heat of summer. This is a time of the year that my exercise goes to hell in a hand basket. I can’t ride in 30 degree heat, and I can’t wait for the changing colours of the leaves. Cooler weather usually brings with it perfect trail conditions, and for me a healthy body and mind.

I have to confess that when I don’t exercise, the stress of everyday life starts to build.

I read a Buddhism book recently and though I had a hard time with accepting some of the concepts, one of the things stuck with me…

All that stress. All that worry. All that emotion. It’s all in our heads. One of the things that I want to achieve mentally is to have my every day problems weigh on me like a feather.

Tonight, after a fun time at the beach, I tucked my boys to bed, and went on a run in the dark. It was still quite warm out, but at the end, I felt good. I decided to sit down and live in the moment and do some breathing exercises(some people call it meditation). Ten minutes past in no time. I felt rested, alive, and light as a feather.

I must remember this the next time I feel like I have too much weighing on my shoulders…