Marathon Sports: The Right Fit

Hey guys, hope everyone’s trucking along through their Monday!

I’m back to continue with my weekend recap:

Saturday Workout

Saturday morning, I rolled out of bed around 9am and headed to the Y.  I subbed for Kickboxing at 10 (taught 45 minutes of Kix and 15 minutes of PUSH) and then covered a floor shift for about 3 hours.  Class was awesome — packed with lots of energy, and I really enjoyed the playlist I used.  I think everyone else did too?  Plus my mom and sister were in attendance.

Saturday Errand

After class, I headed over to Marathon Sports for a gait analysis.  Insert huge loser alert here for the amount of excitement I had for finally getting to experience Marathon Sports “Right Fit” process.  Seriously, it’s kinda pathetic.

As you guys know, I’ve had countless foot problems throughout my life:  a bunion (which my friends refer to as “Paul” – think about it), Achilles tendonitis, arch pain, etc.  Yes, I am a 90-year-old woman.  I’ve been to the doctor’s office so many times for these issues and during my last appointment the doctor recommended getting a gait analysis done at Marathon Sports.  Why not?  It’s free of charge and appointments aren’t necessary, so I thought I might as well.  At this point, I’m open to anything that might help reduce my foot pain flare ups!

Here’s a little summary of what goes down during this little gait analysis:

Each customer, regardless of their personal experience or activity level, receives a personal consultation with one of our highly trained staff to determine how the foot bears the body’s weight during the gait cycle.  Through this observation – and bearing in mind any past or present injuries or concerns; orthotic use; and training level – an accurate shoe recommendation can be made.  During this unique fitting process, the staff member will educate the consumer about their foot structure and biomechanics, and how or, more importantly why, a particular shoe recommendation is the right choice.  After observing the user in action, in the recommended footwear, similarly constructed footwear will be shown to help the consumer choose for themselves the most appropriate fit.

Pretty cool huh?  When I went in I was a little bummed because I didn’t realize that Marathon Sports ONLY carries running sneakers.  Since I am not a runner, I definitely need a cross training shoe.  However, the staff member that assisted me was SO helpful and still analyzed me so I could get a feel for the right kind of shoe for me.
First, they had me give a little summary of my activity and history.  I told them I was a fitness instructor and my activity primarily involves classes with a lot of jumping and side to side movements.  They recommended a cross training sneaker that has strong ankle support and shock absorption features.
Next, they had me give a brief history of my foot pain.  I talked a lot about Paul Bunion, and they told me that my current sneaker (The Nike Frees) have too narrow of a toe box for my foot shape.  Shoot!  I’ve been working out in these things since October.  They then told me that for someone like me that’s trapped in a 90-year-old body, I need a sneaker with lightweight mesh material, a wider toe box, and a bunion window.  A bunion window?!  Sexy, huh?
Then they had me take off my shoes and watched me walk back and forth across the store.  Apparently my foot is pretty neutral during walking — that’s a good thing!
The sales associate then brought me out a few pairs of sneakers to try, just to get a feel for them.  I tried on the Nike Pegasus and the Aesics Cumulus first.

I immediately felt the difference, especially in the toe box.  So roomy!  I didn’t feel like my poor little bunion was rubbing against the side of my shoe.

They then took me outside and had me run up and down the street in the sneakers to take a look at my gait.  Apparently I have a slight pronation on my right foot only, but not enough to opt for a sneaker that adjusts anything medially, laterally, or what not.

So!  Where did that leave me?

We tried on a few more sneakers (The New Balance Minimus and the Brooks Green Silence) just to get a feel for some different options out there.  They then told me I could buy a sneaker to try them out for indoor use at the gym, see if I like them, and if not I can return them.  If I end up liking them, I can obviously keep them for times Idoend up running.  They also recommended I go to some other stores that carry cross trainers, tell them I’ve had success with the running sneaker, and then ask for a similar style cross trainer instead.

Great idea!

I ended up bringing the Nike Pegasus home, and will be trying them out this week.  Stay tuned for sneaker updated as I continue my search for the perfect fit!  And seriously, HUGE props to Marathon Sports for having THE most friendly, helpful, and patient employees that helped me out.  Especially since there wasn’t even promise of me buying a running sneaker!  I’ve had nothing but bad experiences at other foot apparel stores before with sales associates that don’t care AT all about what they tell their customers.

Has anyone else had their gait analyzed before – at Marathon Sports or elsewhere?  Any recommendations for a good cross training sneaker for someone with a bunion and a slight pronation?  I’m open to any ideas or suggestions!

P.S.  To my fellow fitness instructors — Marathon Sports offers a 10% discount if you teach fitness classes!!  Score!  🙂

I Heart Friday Night Pizza Nights

And here starts another week.  But instead of thinking about this week’s obligations, let’s recap a really fun weekend first.  There were lots of fun activities this weekend to share with you all, so I’m going to recap each in separate posts.  Let’s start with Friday night!

Tim and I were really looking forward to a low-key night in, especially since last week our schedules didn’t mesh very well and we didn’t get to spend too much time together.

First priority?  Beer.

We were in the mood to try something new, so we picked up a little 12 pack of Uinta Brewing Company’s Spring Organic Mix’r.

In the mix’r included the Wyld Extra Pale Ale, the Baba Black Lager, and the Hyve Honey Ale.  My favorite was obviously the Hyve.  It was a medium bodied ale with the perfect taste of honey!  Tim really enjoyed the other two, especially the Baba Black Sheep.

Next up?  Food.  What better Friday night staying in activity than making homemade pizza?!  It’s so fun.  I mean, just the pizza making equipment itself is pretty awesome.

At least Tim thought so with his rolling-pin sword and pizza pan shield.

We spent some time looking up a few different recipes for inspiration and finally decided we were in the mood for a white crust recipe.  Here’s the one we found!

Shrimp Pizza with Spinach, Basil, and Mushrooms

Recipe inspired by MyRecipes.com

Ingredients

  • Whole wheat pizza crust
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 (12-ounce) can evaporated fat-free milk
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 pound small shrimp, peeled
  • 2.5 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 3 cups chopped spinach
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425°.
  2. Place crust on a baking sheet, set aside.
  3. Combine cornstarch, milk, and garlic in a small saucepan, stirring well with a whisk.  Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly.  Stir in salt and pepper.  Spread sauce over crust.
  4. Heat a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat, sauté shrimp 3 minutes.
  5. Add mushrooms, sauté 2 minutes.
  6. Stir in spinach, cook 1 minute or until spinach wilts.
  7. Drain and spoon shrimp mixture over sauce.  Sprinkle with oregano and basil, then top with cheese.
  8. Bake at 425° for 8 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Back to why pizza making is fun.

Tim perfected the dough while I took care of the toppings.

Poor little shrimpies:

Ready for the oven!

P.S.  My hand was shaking so bad for this picture.  I don’t know how waiters and waitresses do it.  I would be THE WORST server of all time.

Here’s the finished product!

Paired with a nice little side salad:

More spinach greens with tomato, avocado, and sliced red pepper.

Drizzled with a little light balsamic.

Perfect Friday night meal!

Brews:  Check.
Food:  Check.

Next up?  Entertainment.

We’ve been talking about seeing The Descendants for a while now, so when it was available for $1 at the Redbox at Stop & Shop, we took full advantage.

I thought the movie was pretty good.  Sad, but still entertaining.  And it’s not a chick flick.  Some parts were a bit dragged out I thought, but the overall story is kinda intense.  During the movie, Tim actually said, “I’ve never felt so bad for one character in a movie before.”  Poor George Clooney.  He’s so handsome too.

Two thumbs up!

Before we started the movie I decided I was craving something sweet for dessert, so I quickly whipped up a batch of no bake cookies.  Seriously, you need to make these.  All it takes is ten minutes and you have peanut butter deliciousness at your fingertips.

No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies

Makes 14 cookies

Ingredients

  • 8 whole-wheat graham crackers (16 squares), finely ground
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 3/4 cup smooth natural peanut butter
  • 4.5 tablespoons honey
  • Unsweetened coconut

Directions

Mix the graham crackers (finely ground), raisins, peanut butter, and honey all together.  If the mixture looks too dry, add more peanut butter or honey as necessary.  Roll into cookies, and dip into the shredded coconut.  I put the coconut in a bowl and just rolled each cookie around until it was coated.

Was the perfect size treat to satisfy my sweet tooth.

I heart Friday night pizza nights!  If you guys are looking for some more Fitness & Feta inspired pizza recipes, check out these posts:

What’s your favorite way to make homemade pizza?  Favorite “no bake” sweet treat?  What did you guys do with your Friday nights?  If you saw the Descendants, what did you think of the movie?

Off to work – long day ahead!