Ok, so a shout out in favor of my Local Running Store (LRS), and why I hope we all support them. Last summer I bought a pair of running sunglasses. I got home and realized they were not polarized, which was one of the reasons I wanted a new pair in first place. They weren't that expensive ($50), so I thought I would just go back and exchange them. I never did, and I forgot about it. This weekend, I found them tucked away, in original box and bag, with my receipt, and thought, what the heck, why not? I will go ask and see if they can get manufacturer credit or something; if not, I could sell them on eBay. (I suppose I could have used them, but they would always be the glasses I didn't want, ya know?) Also, last year I bought Mrs. Wolve a Garmin 210 after she announced she was running a half marathon. She didn't, and the watch literally was never used. Never even unboxed. So, I thought the same thing, why not see if I could do a deal if they could send back to Garmin. If not, I more than completely understood. And then they would make their way to eBay.
My LRS stepped right up. Took both back, with a smile. I, in fact, exchanged the glasses for the polarized version, bought the wife a Timex Ironman watch and got myself a new pair of running shoes, and ended up owing them about $50. What a deal. Trade 2 things I didn't want for things that were needed. And I completely feel almost embarrassed by asking them to take them back, but they assured me it was all OK.
On running notes, I wish it was that easy to run again. Last week was 20 miles, with an outdoor run up and down hills. Watching the Woodstock movie last night, I saw the performance of Crosby Stills and Nash, never one of my favorites, but wow what a performance. i have been having a loooonnngg debate with my 11 year old over what is good music; namely, imo, the overproduced dance/rap stuff on the radio involves no real musical skill. Steven Stills blew me away, even though I could honestly say I never knew anything about him. Despite the fact that it is a love song (not a running song) one line in Suite: Judy Blue Eyes resonated with me and the way I felt this weekend:
"Don't let the past, remind us of what we are not now..."