L-R: Run:Zoom Knee Short in potion purple, Flashback Jacket in potion purple, Flow Y IV in senorita pink, Tracker Tights in potion purple, Vita Organic Tank in potion purple, Flight Running Visor in angel blue, Gather & Crow Crop in savage green, Layer Me in potion purple (not pictured: reverse groove shorts, Mynah Jacket in angel blue and Cool Racerback in potion purple)Yesterday, based on a recommendation from a friend, I went to Top to Top in Santa Monica to replace the 5+ years old running shoes that I bought online. Before Top to Top, I always bought whatever running shoes were on sale in colors that I liked. That might explain my various knee and lower back issues that bother me when running. At Top to Top, they spend a lot of time watching you walk without shoes on and analyzing your gait before bringing out a bunch of shoes to try on. I pronate slightly and have a high arch and relatively wide forefoot, so they brought out various Asic, Saucony, New Balance and Nike for me to try on. I was amazed at how comfortable, supportive, light and cushy all the shoes were. I also realized how ill-fitting my previous running shoes were. I ended up going with the Saucony ProGrid Guide 3 shoes because I found them to be the most supportive all around the foot. I felt very light; ready to run a couple of miles. You'll be paying full retail price, but it's worth it. I also found that the same shoes weren't cheaper online at Amazon or Zappos, so I was satisfied with my purchase. Initially, I wasn't a huge fan of the electric blue color, but they are growing on me. Plus, it matches some of my Lululemon buys :). I jogged a bit in them with the dogs, but I'm looking forward to going for a real run today or tomorrow. I highly recommend going to Top to Top for all things running, and don't forget the $5 coupon on the website.
Urth Caffe and meeting up with friends for brunch. After a short stroll around Main Street, we biked down to the beach bike path that runs along the ocean and biked towards home. It was a beautiful day for biking around; it really felt like we were on vacation. Everytime we bike on the beach, we always vow to do it more often, but somehow time always gets away from us. There's always too much to do, too little time. We ran a couple of errands around town for a bit and stopped at Top to Top for the running shoes, and then took the dogs for a nice long walk. I made one of my easy summer pastas: organic heirloom cherry tomatoes, basil, organic spinach, fresh mozzarella with fusilli pasta, based on Giada's recipe (with my addition of spinach for more greens). After dinner at home, we met up with friends for drinks at Rush Street in Culver City. All in all a great day.
Top to Top
2621 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90403