I’m in LOVE!!

She is an absolute work of beauty. I can’t believe I’ve lived my life this long without her. Y’know the funny thing? She was always there waiting for me, I just didn’t realize how easy it was to get her. She gives me support when I need it, yet provides me with necessary space. She looks great in jeans or a dress and wraps herself around my body like none other, best of all she makes my feet happy everyday. Everyone….I’d like you to meet my new love:

The Asics Gel Cumulus VIII

I believe this is the first time in my life that I have ever owned proper running shoes and if you can’t already tell, I am 100% stoked! I really wouldn’t be this stoked if they were anything short of amazing. I’ve been running and sprinting more and more and lately it has dawned on me that I should invest in some good running shoes. Until today I’ve been running in my Vans which are skateboarding shoes. They are great for skateboarding or standing in (which are the only two things skaters like to do, skate and stand around…..which probably explains my lack of motivation and increase in angst and the new emo haircut) but lately I’ve begun to notice that they feel like two cement blocks attached to the end of my legs. After today’s ‘run’ which felt more like I was trying to swat low buzzing flies with my feet I decided to upgrade my footwear. Everyone (which actually was all of three people that I talked to) said I should go to Pacesetters in Portland. The main reason was because they make you go outside and run in different shoes to analyze your running style and gait, even when its raining.

Today it was raining.

The salesman informed me that I land more on the outer edge of my shoe and went back inside to prove his wacky theory by pointing out the dress shoes that I walked in, in. Indeed the heel of my shoe was more worn on the outer edge. With the proof to back his pudding I tried on a couple different pairs of ‘neutral’ running shoes. I thought calling them neutral was a little bit obvious, without us guiding them, all shoes are neither coming or going, they’re just there.

After a few sprints and jogs in the parking lot I decided on the Asics. The point I knew they were the ones for me was when I nearly ran into the shrubs at the end of the parking lot. I have never felt anything like that in my life. It was if the shoe was propelling my foot forward, actively progressing my stride and I found it difficult to stop! Now I actually feel like going out and running instead of having to pump myself up beforehand.

After my successful shoe shopping I was hungry and fortunately for me Otto’s Sausage and Meat Kitchen was nearby. Nearly everyday I drive by Otto’s and during the lunch hour a large queue forms for the freshly grilled tubes o’ meat, I figured it must be good if there is always so much interest. I stopped in, ordered a chicken sausage w/potato bun from the grill, topped with plenty of mustard and sauerkraut, it was delicious! Everyone should stop by for a quick, yummy bite. A small review and address can be found here.

In the meantime I’m going for a jog.


  1. Phil said,

    May 22, 2007 @ 5:11 pm

    You can’t go wrong with asics, I swear by ‘em!

  2. EsoPhil said,

    May 22, 2007 @ 10:32 pm

    The first time experienced that extra spring in my step that made me feel like I was propelled by my shoes was when I bought some nike air running shoes. Wow, that feels great. Nice clipping job on the shoe.

  3. mego said,

    May 23, 2007 @ 6:40 am

    so can i catch you running to my house carrying sausages, like wings on an angel? hurry, i’m hungry!

  4. Phil said,

    May 23, 2007 @ 8:24 am

    Hey Megan, remember that time Micah was running backwards on the beach and he fell down!? Too much sausage and bad shoes methinks.

  5. Pamela said,

    May 23, 2007 @ 12:06 pm

    (Related to a different post but:)

    Hey Micah, did you see this?

    Nosefrida is a doctor recommended nasal aspirator that removes mucous from your child’s nose. (via boingboing.)

  6. David said,

    May 24, 2007 @ 3:47 pm

    I had the same wonderful experience when I first bought my Nike Air Storm Pegasus trail running shoes (no, I don’t run on trails… I’m too out of shape). They were so amazingly comfortable I couldn’t believe it, and it felt like it was propelling you forward like you described. It’s a great feeling. They’re pretty worn out now, but they’re still really comfortable.

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