So the result of my 'small business' shopping - Brooks Launch (sorry for the crappy phone picture)! I tried the usual Defyance and of course they felt fine but these felt awesome. Other shoes I tried were Brooks Ghost and Glycerin. The Glycerin was way too roomy in the toe box and the Ghost was only okay. If it came down to the Ghost and the Defyance I would go with the ol' standby. I also tried the Asics Cumulus which were by far the worst. Although the ride felt super cushiony it also felt like I had a heal lift. Guess that makes me more of a minimalist runner after all.
Back to tired feet - I of course spent the rest of the day walking around the Seattle Marathon Expo and then proceeding to shop for way too long (although I did get a pair of awesome Paige Premium jeans as recommended by SR and super cute Born flats). Oops! Oh well. Now it's time to put my feet up, eat my pre race (although this is only a training run) meal and go to bed. The clothes are all laid out for tomorrow morning. The plan - 2 mile warmup to the start of the half marathon; the first mile as an additional warmup and then the last 12.1 done at race pace (total of 15 miles with 12 at race pace for those that don't want to do the math). It's going to be a challenge but a good one. Wish me luck!