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Today: Happy Weekend.

It’s barely 8:30 AM and we’re already on our third pair of shoes.  Grace has settled on these, the perfect (tiny) weekend shoes.

I hope you’ve either got your feet up, or a fantastic pair of shoes on.  

Happy Weekend.

Also On Tap for Today:

What’s On Tap for your weekend?

Today: Down the road to #HLS12

[tweetmeme source=”elizabethev” only_single=false]Healthy Living Summit weekend is upon us!  It didn’t occur to me that it was weird to be staying in a hotel that’s running distance from our condo until, well, yesterday.

Though I could have saved some straight cash, homey (never gets old… for me, at least) by staying at home, I know that I’ll be more present to all that’s going on by being on site, rather than going to and fro, trying to fit in other regular weekend activities.  Like laundry.  Having a place to shower after tomorrow’s wod is an added bonus.  Speaking of CrossFit, and by natural extension, Reebok…

Go big pink or go home.

I swung by the hotel after work yesterday to help out a bit with swag bag stuffing and catch up with a few of my favorite blog pals before the Summit kicks off in earnest today.  A few of us lucky team members got first dibs on these sweet RealFlex kicks, which Reebok kindly provided for everyone attending.  You know how I feel about Reebok.  And you know how, welp, everyone feels about swag.  There are going to be some happy bloggers in town this weekend.

With a pretty packed schedule, I’m looking forward to continuing to pretend I am entering tonight’s dance off (and then slinking away at the very last second), getting schooled at tomorrow’s sessions, workouts with Jared from Reebok CrossFit ONE and Ultimate Bootcamp, catching up and connecting with friends old (and hopefully… unless I go through with the dance off and scare the crowds off) new.

But first, I should probably finish packing (and put an end to the one woman nerd festival I’ve been having with my label maker) so I can spend a little quality time with my pet monster.

Before I head, um, a mile and a half down the road.

Also On Tap for Today:

Today: National Running Day {and an OrthoLite giveaway}

[tweetmeme source=”elizabethev” only_single=false]Welp, I broke my summer run streak by accident earlier this week.  Note to self: run in the morning when there’s even the slightest chance work will get in the way at night.

A missed day is no reason to fall of the bandwagon entirely, though.  Especially when it’s National Running Day.

This run streak business has been a great reminder that on some days, a mile is perfectly enough.  And that all you really need is a good pair of shoes and a bit of motivation.  All the gadgets in the universe won’t run for you, and sometimes, they just get in the way.  (Other times, it feels like Lady Gaga is running for me.  Let’s be serious.)

I’ve stressed before (in my sternest writing voice) the importance of getting fitted for a good pair of kicks.  It’s the best way to ensure you’re running in a shoe that was made for you, protecting you from needless injury (fingers and toes crossed).  Once you’ve got your perfect-for-you shoes, there’s still room for customization.  Is it me, or do most stability shoes look like robot feet?  Thank goodness for fun colors and flashy shoe laces. My favorite way to customize lately, though, isn’t just for show.  In fact, I’m the only one (besides you, now) who knows they’re there.

The lovely people at OrthoLite sent me a free pair of their performance insoles, which were designed to fit athletic shoes.  You may already be wearing OrthoLite insoles without knowing it, as they are built into the top brands of athletic shoes and outdoor boots (Reebok, adidas, New Balance, Nike, Under Armour, etc.).  Unfortunately, many other brands cut production cost by scrimping on their insoles (not cool, bro), despite the impact an insole can have on fit, comfort, and performance.

I slipped my insoles into my running shoes the day the arrived and immediately noticed the difference.  While my shoes fit great to begin with, the addition of insoles make them feel surprisingly cushier and springier (shockingly, those are both actual words), without adding any weight.  I rarely wear socks when I run, so I really appreciate how soft and smooth these insoles are.

An added bonus: these little guys are fully washable.  Not that my feel smell.  They don’t.  Regardless of what Clark tells you.

Want to customize your own running shoes with OrthoLite insoles?  I’ve got three pairs to give away.  To enter, please leave a comment below, completing this sentence I run…  

Just getting started?  Feel free to share what excites you most about running.  For additional entries (please leave a comment to be sure your additional entries are counted):

I will randomly select three winners on Friday evening.  After I get back from my run.
UPDATE:  Random.org randomly selected the following three winners.
Thank you all so much for entering, and thank you to OrthoLite for generously sponsoring this giveaway. 🙂  Winners, please email me (ontapfortoday@gmail.com) with  your mailing address and shoe size.
Also On Tap for Today:

Let’s hear it: Why do you run?  What excites you most about running?