Is it possible I haven't blogged since TUESDAY?? And somehow you have all muddled through without me? Nicely done!
This morning was my first training run with the DCRoad Runners. A 10-miler. The plan, which I will post later, so you can all sympathize with me, calls for five days a week of running, including a "semi-long" tempo run on Mondays, and a track workout on Wednesday nights.
This morning was the third time in my life that I'd run 10 miles. I was almost dead last. Well I was dead last for three miles. But that's ok! I was running at an 11:15 min pace, which beats last summer's running (more like 14 min. mile pace), so I was good! At 7 a.m., we started out across the lovely Potomac River and then ran along the nice flat C&O canal. Lots of wildlife out, and early-morning mist hovering above the river. Quite bucolic.
I was listening to "The No. One Ladies Detective Agency," a very sweet book. I could still actually see the runners in front of me, so OK. At mile three, I caught one of them. I turned off the book and chatted up this chick who was already struggling. Turns out she'd run two marathons before, coming in at 5:00 and 5:15, but hadn't run for a while. So this 10-miler was her first run in months. Plus, she had no gu with her, hadn't got enough sleep last night, or bothered hydrating. Sigh.
Being the Good Egg that I am, I slowed down for her. And ran slower than I could have for the next seven miles. And gave her some Clif Blocks. And when she told me I could go on ahead, I said "No way, I'm not gonna leave you." Which is when I got told, "You're a good egg."
So, yay me!
Right? I mean, I wasn't gonna break any records, so what did it hurt me to hang back and help her out?
(But next week: I am running my own pace. There are limits to the whole good egg thing.)
So, happy ending: I wasn't dead last. I was second to last. This chick was last. And happy ending: Except for my $@#!$~ blisters, I could have easily gone farther.
Now, onto other news:
Blister Update and Sock Roundup (Warning: Contains graphic images)
Someone (who lives in Colorado) has been hounding me incessantly (OK, once) to write a "sock review" since you all so gallantly came forth with wisdom and suggestions when the blister imbroglio erupted.
So, here it is already. Although it's really hard to compare socks. There are just too many variables—Body Glide? or Vaseline? Did I run long or short? Fast or slow? Hills or flat? Oh, and throw in a visit to the podiatrist, who did some minor surgery on me and my inserts—and the staff here at MCM headquarters just haven't the time for this controlled study stuff. (Still, I do live inside the Beltway. So I must know all about data manipulation.)
Week One: Balega (not Beluga, tha's a whole'nother thing). Worn mostly with vaseline smeared feet, although sometimes BodyGlide was used. Some long runs, some short.
Verdict: Blisters still there, slightly lessened. Could be due to the socks, or the new Brooks Adrenalines, or me poking myself with hot needles (sure, scoff now, but one day you'll see the allure!). New blister busy developing on bottom of right foot. $@!#@$
Week Two: I rustled up some leftover Wrights from last year, even though I wanted to try the Coolmax Wrights, but the store was out of them, otherwise they would have gone right on the Visa. Spare no expense when it comes to blister remedies.
Wore the Wrights for a week.
Verdict: Blisters lessened. Hot spot developing on ball of right foot seems to have disappeared. Is it the socks? Or the podiatrist, who gave me more cushioning? Or the incessant stabbing of self with hot needles? Who knows?
Week Three, Day One (this morning, actually): My running store guy showed me these last night, and it was love at first feel:
Look! They are even labelled "L" and "R" so that you don't get confused! They fit like a glove, and have extra padding right where I need it. (Or at least they are colored gray so that they look like they have extra padding right where I need it.)
I took 'em out for a test drive this morning.
Verdict: We will bravely carry on. Until. We. Have. The. Answer.