Apparently the spin I have generated about my 5K training has not fallen on deaf ears.

Look at what I got for my birthday!

(Brooks running shoes, custom fitted at Running Room.)

Aren’t they pretty?

Paolo agrees…new shoes can make a big difference.

Hey, I put some new shoes on,
And suddenly everything’s right,
I said, hey, I put some new shoes on and everybody’s smiling,
It’s so inviting,
Oh, short on money,
But long on time,
Slowly strolling in the sweet sunshine,
And I’m running late,
And I don’t need an excuse,
’cause I’m wearing my brand new shoes.

Woke up late one Thursday,
And I’m seeing stars as I’m rubbing my eyes,
And I felt like there were two days missing,
As I focused on the time,
And I made my way to the kitchen,
But I had to stop from the shock of what I found,
A room full of all my friends dancing round and round,
And I thought hello new shoes,
Bye bye them blues

– Paulo Nutini, New Shoes