Sunday, May 28, 2023

Road Runner Holds Record for Fast Insoles!


I am in no way a runner, or even an athlete! I came in to Road Runner Sports in search of insoles on the recommendation of a friend.  In preparation for an upcoming trip where a lot of walking will be involved, I wanted to prepare myself for hours on my feet.

I have had aches and pains in my feet due to flat arches, an old ankle sprain, a bunion and more!  I certainly did not want to be in pain on vacation, so off to Road Runner Sports I went.

I entered the store and they took my name and phone number down and told me I was next on the list.  I didn't even wait a minute.  Erik called my name.  I told him I just wanted custom insoles and he asked me a couple of questions.  What type was I looking for, what kind of activity would I be doing in them, what size shoe do I wear, etc.  I said I needed them for walking. Erik explained I would be going on different machines so they could customize the insole. The first machine he put me on was the treadmill.  Erik told me to take off my shoes.  I would be walking barefoot on the treadmill, he assured me that they disinfect it between users. 

I was in charge of starting and stopping the treadmill and getting it up to the speed that I was used to for walking.  Meanwhile, he said he would be filming my feet and gathering information.

Then, I hopped onto another machine where my feet were placed in different areas on the platform to gather measurements.

The last machine I went on had a little bit of heat on the feet. This is where they gathered a pair of insoles and I actually stepped on them, leaned back for a few seconds, and squatted for a few secondsto allow the insoles to mold to my feet in different stances.

Once I got my custom insoles I was told to take out the sole of the sneakers I planned to wear and then use them as a guide to cut the custom ones down to size.  Overall, I was in and out of there within 15 minutes.  Easy peasy!  I hope I will have only good news to share after wearing the insoles on my trip!

Tasty Noodle House in San Diego


I absolutely love Asian food.  Especially salty, crispy, sour, soothing flavors found in Chinese cuisine! Over the last year, I have frequented Tasty Noodle House in San Diego three times.  I would go more often but I am not a fan of trying to find parking in the lot where it is located. It is a popular strip mall and spaces are tight and limited.  

One time, we arrived twenty minutes before they were closing for the afternoon.  I have never been served so fast in my life. Literally, as we were sitting down, glasses of water, plates with chopsticks, napkins and a menu were delivered for our party of three.  The menu is quite extensive, but people must have their favorites because three minutes later, one of the servers asked if we were ready to order.  I was still on page one of the menu!  We asked for a bit more time and then flagged her down when we were ready.

I am a dumpling connoisseur so had to have their grilled pork buns, the soup dumplings (xioa long bao) and green beans to have some kind of vegetable!  All were lovely!

On another trip, we also had their beef brisket noodle soup,  braised pork belly with preserved vegetable, seafood chow mein and spicy wontons.  Again, all delicious!

There is so much more on the menu that I want to try here but it is hard when you have your favorite go-to items. Next time we have guests visiting, I will be bringing them here!

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