Monthly Archives: January 2006

New Kicks…

I’m kicking off 2006 in style, 113.5 miles so far. Figured it was finally time to retire my Y running shoes. A year of torture was enough, hehe. They’re still in pretty good shape visually after about 800 miles; But, the guts are pretty much toast at this point (padding shot, upper in the ankle shot, etc). After finding few options locally at Dick’s and other all sport stores, I broke down and went to Fleet Feet. My reservation about going previously was just the intimidation factor. I run a lot, but still consider myself an amateur and maybe a poseur.

Anywho, as expected my fears were pretty much unfounded. The fine folks at Fleet Feet (and the other customers) were approachable, very nice to talk to, and helpful. The sales guy explained their extensive fitting process and off we went. They start with an accurate measurement of both feet, have you try on a pair of neutral shoes (no corrective support), run a little bit on a treadmill where they video tape your gate. From there, they analyze your running style and make educated suggestions for shoes. I was a little shaky on the treadmill; mainly because I don’t normally run on treadmills, the fact I was running in street clothes (next time I’ll wear some shorts, at least), and the fact there were a bunch of other real runners in the room.

Surprisingly, my previous shoe choice wasn’t that far off what I should be wearing. I was going about half to a whole size too big though. I thought I needed the extra room to accomodate my wide foot, but after a careful measuring, he said that while my feet (actually the right more than the the left) doesn’t really warrant the bigger size. He also said that this might be related to the beating that my toes were taking (flopping around and kicking the inside of the shoe.)

I’ve got a touch of overpronation in my right foot, with the left being pretty flat. Turns out that’s a little tricky to deal with. Its hard to find a shoe that fixes the right without over correcting the left. After the neutral test shoe, he recommend the Asics gt-2210 (which is the 2006 version of the gt-2090 I’ve been wearing.) Felt pretty familiar, but he said it overcorrects a bit on the left. A few more shoes later, we stumbled on the Brooks Dyad 3. At first, we tried a whole size smaller than my current shoes (10 vs. 11) But while 10 was ok in some of the shoes tried on in the interim, in this shoe, it was a little too close for comfort (especially knowing that my feet swell up quite a bit during the work out.) so, I went to 10.5’s.

A few runs out, I’m happy to report that they feel great during the run and that after run effects (bruising/blistering irregular soreness, etc) are at a minimum. I did notice a little soreness on the outside of my left calf (which might be related to the overcorrection); but it goes away soon after the run.

Only 93 more days until the Moutain Goat

Gone in 60 Seconds…

No, not the movie, David Gilmour concert tickets… reports:

US tickets gone in 60 seconds
Thanks to the power of computing technology, the remainder of the tickets via TicketMaster for David�s US & Canadian dates were apparently sold within a minute at the weekend, with some hopefuls unable to purchase tickets online even at the precise opening time. Apologies for not having been able to flag up the full details of box
office opening times, but there was a technical fault with our server from Friday until today.

We can only hope that this mini-tour gets Dave excited about touring again and maybe add some more dates. Or, in my dreamworld, try to get all of Pink Floyd out for another round. Nobody ever thought they get back together, but they all showed up for Live 8. I can only imagine how much tickets for a new full band Pink Floyd tour would be. Regardless, I think I’d still sell my left arm to go…

Turn CDs into an iPod?

A while back, I was on Gizmodo and found a company that was offering to trade used CDs for an iPod. Too good to be true? Millennium Music has their exchange rates posted for CDs to a number of iPod models (or you can just cash out if you want.) Basically, you package up your discs, mail ’em off to these guys. They evaluate them on quality of title and the physical quality of the disc.

Sounded like a pretty good deal to me. I’ve got a whole rack of CDs just gathering dust. Even if they only end up giving me $1 a disc, I’d pretty happy to unload them. (Selling them onesy twosy on eBay or is drag.) So, I spent a few hours matching up CDs to jewel boxes, swapping cracked jewel cases, and windexing off dust and smudges. I was interested in a new 30Gb iPod, so I picked out 130 CDs to ship out. I didn’t happen to have decent boxes and packing materials lying around, so I went to my local UPS Store. I was pleasantly surprised how reasonable it was to pack ($10) and ship ($25, insured for $500) 36 pounds of CDs.

A few days later, I got a call from Millennium Music. They got the CDs fine, but didn’t have a name to go along with the shipment. Geez, I meant to put a packing list in there; nutz! They tracked me down by the number on the UPS label. They’re supposed to line up the tracking number for the shipment with an email that you send them right after you ship. But, as I expected, the guy on the line told me they’ve been getting tons of email about the program and have been having trouble keeping up.

No biggie, I confirmed the tracking number and that was good enough for them. Even though the package had arrived late that morning, they told me that they had already evaluated my CDs by midafternoon. They offered me $280 for 118 of my CDs. They then confirmed that I was still interested in 30Gb iPod and told me the difference out of pocket would be $29 (including shipping for the iPod and return of the 12 CDs they didn’t want.) So, I said deal and gave them my credit card number for the difference.

A few days later a box shows up with my new iPod and returned CDs. I was a little disappointed to see that they used newspaper for padding the shipment; but, everything made it unscathed, so I’m pleased. I’m looking forward to whiling away some free time getting caught up on some videos I’ve been meaning to watch. Gonna have to put some time into getting that home made DVR together so I’ll have a good source for video content.