During the San Dimas Turkey Trot I knew it was time to retire my running shoes. I was feeling that familiar old ankle pain that led me to see a podiatrist last year. Not good. Luckily I’ve had a brand new pair of the same style in my closet for months in anticipation of this moment. I should have started breaking them in after the Wine & Dine Half Marathon earlier this month, but I put it off since the Avengers races were right on its heels. But on the 10K on Saturday there was no doubt that my old shoes had run their last race. I don’t have any more half marathons this year (my next one is in mid-January) so it’s the perfect time to start the clock on a new pair of running shoes. When I took them out of the box and set them down next to my old shoes I was shocked at the color difference. The new ones were incredibly white! (Due to the fact that I need narrow width running shoes I never get to wear cool colors I see on everyone else. Narrow shoes from Brooks only come in white. Boring!) I can’t wait until they are broken in and look a little less blinding. In an effort to hasten that process, I wore them running with a friend after work this afternoon. She’s the one who’s pacing me on Thanksgiving for my 10K personal record and we’ve been trying to figure out a strategy for the race. I met her at Bolsa Chica State Beach where we could run on the bike bath. It’s a great place to run. Nice and flat, with no speeding cars to worry about. And the view of the Pacific Ocean is pretty spectacular. I feel better about my PR chances for Thursday after running with her a couple of times. It’s not going to be easy by any stretch of the imagination, but I’m going to be thrilled when we’re successful. (Notice I said ‘when’ and not ‘if.’ I’m trying to be as optimistic as possible!) And hopefully the two races on Thanksgiving get my brand new shoes a little scuffed up and dull their insane whiteness!