The Great Shoe Dilemma
I am currently rotating five pairs of running shoes (details listed here). Two out of the five pairs (the Nikes and the Asics) have too many miles on them to marathon in. One pair (the Sauconys) are minimalist shoes, which I can't marathon in, either. So that leaves a pair of Mizunos and a pair of Brooks, both of which have about 50-60 miles on them.
I took the Mizunos out for a 12-mile training run a few weeks ago and got some slight blistering in them, but otherwise they were fine. Then I wore the Brooks on my 16.5-miler and didn't think they were supportive enough. So it looked like the Mizunos were THE shoe for the big day.
I wore the Mizunos at the Chicago Half Marathon this past weekend. I proceeded to develop a blister on my left foot that was the size of my fist. Not even exaggerating. It was so bad that I wouldn't dare post a picture of it. If I did, I'd risk being banned from 17 states for committing uncensored horror.
How does this happen? How do a pair of shoes feel relatively good one day, but then give you a massive blister another day?!?!
WHAT TO DO? WHAT TO DO?
I did what any woman would do in this emergency. The Asics have been the best and most reliable shoe for me. So I bought another pair of them. Kim even very generously offered to let me use her Amazon Prime account for 2-day delivery (THANK YOU!!!!!)
The new shoes are scheduled to arrive by tomorrow. After which, it'll be a mad race to get the shoes sufficiently broken in by marathon day. Basically this means wearing the same pair of shoes for every single run for the entire next month. Not ideal, but certainly doable.
Just in case this plan doesn't work out, I've got my backup plan ready to go:
I have recently taken a keen interest in Reebok's line of running apparel, particularly their shorts. I've tried a few brands of running shorts and have found Reebok's to be the most light and comfortable for me. I've worn their shorts on pretty much all of my training long runs and almost all of my races. With BodyGlide, I have had minimal chafing issues.
Until this past weekend.
I applied BodyGlide as usual on race morning. But my thighs started chafing around mile 7 or 8. It was very painful and I was walking around bow-legged for the rest of the day.
Worse yet, I also experienced some first-time chafing this past weekend in some other unmentionable places.
(Wondering where said unmentionable places are? Here's a hint:)
Yes, fun times (and yes, Kim, you warned me). LESSON LEARNED: Never, ever take for granted being comfortable while in the seated position.
THAT ALL SOUNDS REALLY HEINOUS. WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO!?!?
Immediately go out and shop for bike-type shorts that won't ride up on my thighs. Start using BodyGlide in the unmentionable places. Potentially try to carry some BodyGlide with me. Maybe even try using petroleum jelly instead of BodyGlide (sigh).
End of story.
Polar bear-style baths
I've been good about taking ice baths after rigorous long runs and races. It's helped a lot in ensuring that I don't feel too sore the next day.
This past weekend, however, I did not stretch much nor take an ice bath since I was so busy enjoying Erin's post-race brunch.
I paid for it dearly afterwards with full-body stiffness and soreness. It hurt to walk. Going up or down stairs? Forget about it. Wearing high-heeled shoes in the office? Potentially never to be seen ever again.
Two days after the race and my legs are still showing me who is boss.
YOU HAD TO LEARN THIS ONE THE HARD WAY, EH?
The solution to this is pretty obvious. Next time, host a post-race polar bear-themed swimming party so you can combine your social time with an ice bath!!!
|Party, party, party!!!|
OK, enough about my running pains and unpleasantries. Let's conclude today...
... on a positive note!
Check out this awesome picture of Kim and me from this past weekend!
|Thou shalt not conquer thy half marathon without having some fun along thy way!|