Finally, the beer is in its final delivery vessels. In just four short weeks -- though, I'll likely crack one open after two -- the Enthusiast and I will be able to drink our porter.
We have 47 bottles. We started filling the 48th, but it was a bit short so we decided to just drink it then and there to get a good taste for what we're in for. It was the Enthusiast's first sampling of the brew. (I've had plenty from gulping it through the siphoning tube.) Her enthusiastic reaction: "It's really good!"
The porter is reading at about 5.25 percent ABV right now, a little lower than I expected. But the taste is enjoyable, even in the warm, flat state it was in last night.
Have you guys seen October? It seems to have gone missing, and me having only ran 10 miles the whole month. That may be a new record low.
Falling for Gimmicks
Early last month, I was sure I had found my new running shoes. I had been reading about New Balance's upcoming Minimus line of minimalist running shoes. This model is due out early 2011, but its predecessor is available now: the MT 101s.
Dollars from my most recent paycheck were earmarked for this purchase, but then I tried on a pair of Vibram FiveFingers KSOs.
My thinking was that I would ask for the Vibrams for Christmas. I convinced myself that these are gimmicky shoes, but I still wanted to try them. I was surprised by how comfortable the KSOs were, and the Enthusiast coaxed my repressed, inner spender to open my wallet.
Of all the new "barefoot shoes" available now, the Vibrams seem to be the closest to what I want for the lowest price. (Have you seen those $160 Terra Plana shoes?) I wanted to be able to continue barefoot-like running through the winter, and I'm hoping these will do the trick.
Return of the Run, I
With new shoes comes new motivation. My first run in the Vibrams had to wait until this morning. My body was a bit shocked by how cold the temperature was. Did you know that it's fall?
My feet felt a little strange with the snug fit of the FiveFingers. The little bit of padding really does have an impact on the difference between true barefooting and running in "barefoot shoes." As Barefoot Josh has said, there is a very wide gap between the two. I was careful not to pound my feet, paying close attention to my form. With just one run, I already like them better than my aqua socks and hippy shoes.