Review: Injinji Toe Socks

In my thorough research on the best running socks (not really that thorough), I heard people say that toe socks were great for reducing blisters. I think my friend Ettya (HI!) also said they helped with plantar fasciitis. When I saw these Injinji Toe Socks
on sale for $9.99 for a 3-pack, I figured I had nothing to lose by trying them out.
injinji_socks.jpgAs you can see above, the socks I tried are “Original Weight” and “mini crew” height. They come in many other weights and heights. Considering these are marked PERFORMANCE, my first impression was that I was surprised at how thick they are. They seem about as thick as my everyday socks. The size small fit my small foot (women’s 6.5) ok, but the toes were a little long. It didn’t bother me though.

I took them for a short 3 mile jaunt and didn’t have any problems. It wasn’t any better or worse than any other sock, though I can wear just about any sock for 3 miles. I expected to feel weird or annoyed about having my toes separated but it didn’t feel that weird at all. I then tried them on a 6 mile run and when it was over, I had blisters on the inner arch of my foot. After that, I didn’t dare try wearing them for anything longer.

For now, I am sticking to my tried-and-true Nike Anti-Blister socks during long runs. I discovered that I really like to wear them after a long run. After running 13, 15, 17, and 20 miles, putting my feet into these felt so relieving. It was like my toes got a chance to spread out and breathe. My toes were like, “Ahhhh….” Lately, my post-run recovery outfit involves toe socks + compression calf sleeves.

I was surprised I saw any benefit at all from toe socks. So while I wasn’t a fan of the original weight socks, I saw enough benefit that I wouldn’t mind trying out the lightweight versions if I can find them on sale.

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Post-Christmas salads

Happy [Almost] New Year!

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I had a great but super quick weekend in Chicago. I basically only had time to visit with family but I had dinner at Frontera Grill. It was a highlight of my life. Not only was it my first time dining at a James Beard winner restaurant (I think), I even spotted the chef! Rick Bayless appeared just for a moment, grabbing a coke at the bar behind me. He must have been working hard in the kitchen because he never appeared after that.

The food was amazing as expected:

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I also did a tiny bit of shopping.

This jacket was on super clearance at one of my favorite shops, Akira. It’s kind of a grown-up Forever 21.

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I saw this Kangol hat at a boutique and thought it was the cutest thing. I already wear a lot of beret-style hats that I knit myself but this one is legit. And it comes with INTERCHANGEABLE BOWS. Then I looked inside and saw that it’s a special Minnie Mouse edition so I was in love. Unfortunately I wasn’t ready to pay $60 for a hat. I couldn’t stop thinking about it and the next day saw it on Karmaloop for $24. It’s in the mail!

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I got home Sunday evening and even had time to pick up some food and do a little meal prep. I’m feeling huge from all of the holiday eating so I am craving light, fresh meals.

I made yogurt:
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And a few days’ worth of green smoothies. This batch is banana, pear, spinach, celery:

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And some lunches:

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This week’s tasty salad combination is roast chicken (leftover and frozen from last week) with marinated antipasto olives & cheese that were leftover from Christmas appetizers.

Oh and while the yogurt was simmering I made a ton of hair ties. I intended to give these with my Christmas gifts but the ribbon didn’t get here in time. Now I’ve got a lot of hair ties.

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I can’t believe I did all of that in one evening. Personally, I can’t wait for January to start when everyone is on their temporary weight loss/fitness resolution kicks. It’s nice to have some solidarity and excitement and I want to do my own slim-down cleanse or something. the only thing I hate is that I cannot get into the gym for the first 6 weeks of the year. The treadmills are all taken and the classes are all overcrowded with the fairweather resolution-er people. Don’t you hate that?

Are you participating in any health resolutions or challenges?

Oh and follow me on Instagram @everydayasian and twitter @everydayasian1 to keep up with my adventures.

Revealed: The 2014 New Balance runDisney Sneakers

Revealed: The 2014 New Balance runDisney Sneakers

Photo Source: Twitter user @goobermonkey78 / goobermonkey.com

Are THESE the 2014 runDisney shoes by New Balance? New Balance and runDisney have been keeping the 2014 design under wraps, intending to do the big reveal when Marathon Weekend begins in 9 days. They even blurred out the mock-ups and designs in the teaser videos. I wonder where that screengrab came from and who

I want them in all their ridiculousness but hesitating on the price. I thought I would be able to pay for them with Disney Gift Cards which would give me 14% off but it looks like they are selling them at the New Balance booth, not the Disney stores.

  • The Cinderella and Goofy 890v4 shoes are $120
  • The Mickey & Minnie 860v4 shoes are $125
  • The kids’ shoes (same versions as adults) are $75

Anyway, what do you think? I think they are an improvement on last year’s red and yellow color schemes.

*edited to add* The official announcement is now up