Spring so Far: May Update — Back into Running! And Ballet?!

My new shoes (once they ship)
My new shoes (once they ship)

My spring so far has been trudging along.  I’ve now been at work for almost 2 months now — and it’s become fairly routine. On the bright side Kristen and I have finally gotten back into running!

After a fairly long time of not running (due to cold weather, bad weather, work and scheduling conflicts) we finally got a run in last Friday, and it felt great. We ended up taking a fairly scenic route up towards the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the surrounding area, and before we knew it we were at 3 miles. For you hardcore runners I know it’s not the best distance ever, but when we haven’t run for two some months now, it was awesome. We went for a shorter 1.5 mile run yesterday to put in mileage but still let out body’s rest up after pushing them. We do plan on getting many more miles in in the upcoming weeks and months however.

Finally running again led me to the realization that it was probably time for some new running shoes. My Nike Free’s have been my running and daily walking shoes for the past 8 months now. Given their minimalist build, it’s starting to feel as though the limited amount of ankle support they began with is gone. I however really enjoyed the lightweight and tactile feedback I received while running, so I promptly went into researching what my next shoe would be. I quickly found the Brooks Pure Project shoes and felt that would be a good transition to something just a bit more minimalist and light weight that still provided some ankle support. I decided on the Brooks Pure Flow 2 (it helps it was half the price of the 3). They should be arriving in the next week and I will definitely  write a review soon.

Kristen and my new running partner
Kristen and my new running partner

Another handy piece of running equipment I picked up recently was a CamelBak Quick Grip. Kristen already owned a Podium Chill water bottle from CamelBak, so it made a lot of sense to grab something that both of us could use. It also has made my life much easier being able to throw my cards and keys into it instead of having them in my pocket and being afraid of them falling out. Of course there’s also the obvious benefit of being able to run with a bottle without having to grip it to death.

Also this weekend I went to ballet. If you follow Adult Ballerina Project, you know I have been going to ballet recently with Kristen, and man do I feel it. It was a good class despite how crowded it was (people that missed throughout the week all ended up going on Saturday) with 19 people in a fairly small studio. I really enjoyed barre like always, thanks to the great lower body exercise it provides, but I absolutely sucked at center and cross floor. Hopefully I’ll improve, and the only way to do that is to keep going. Read Kristen’s recap here.

Spring feels long already, and it actually hasn’t been that long. The weather in Philly hasn’t been the best ever lately (we had terrible rain last Tuesday that flooded the rivers) but it’s slowly looking up. Next time I post about running though it will probably be about it being too hot. I don’t think there’s ever a nice in-between for me running, but I’ll live.

How has your Spring been? Full of fitness? Games? Or allergies?