Day 42: 10K worth of blisters

By Skip

So I am half way through my training and have such a long ways to go but I have to tell you what, I am feeling better and better every single day.  I am confident that by the time race day pulls around I will be ready… I will be ready… I will be ready… 

Even though it was my day off I got called into work.  When I got back I needed to work off some stress so I put my running shoes on and went out for my run workout, even though it was hot and steamy outside.  Here is what was on my calendar: 

  • WU: Run 10 minutes @ moderate aerobic intensity
  • MS: Run 20 minutes @ moderate aerobic intensity
  • CD: Run 10 minutes @ moderate aerobic intensity

A forty minute run, to me, is a 10K.  Okay, you caught me… that is what I would LIKE to run a 10K in.  I keep confusing myself with that.  In either case I headed out on my 6.2 mile route with my new shoes.  This was really the first time I was doing any kind of distance with them.  I could have run faster and I could have run longer, but I didn’t… seriously. 

I kept a nice easy pace and tried to keep it around 8’00 to 8’30 per minute.  As you can see below, I pretty much kept it to that. 

The bad thing is that around mile 4 I started to get a strong, stinging pain in the left forefront part of my foot.  While I continued to run, I was able to work it out but do not really know what caused it.  Around mile 5 I started to feel a blister on the heel of the same foot.  That is not a good sign.  One thing that may be causing it is that I had my shoes tied too tight.  I am trying my new quick tie (no tie) shoelaces.  I might have pulled on them a little bit too much.  The only thing that was in the back of my mind was an article I read about running shoes that said “your shoe should fit perfectly the first time you put them on.  If you need to break them in, they are not the right shoe.” 

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I will have to see what comes about with the blistering.  For the next two days I am in the pool and then on the bike so it should heal a little bit.  That is what you have to love about triathlon training!  It really allows your body to recover while your rotate different muscles through different sports.  I can’t imagine any better thing to do if you want to workout every single day!

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Filed in: Injury, Running, Sprint Training, Triathlon • Monday, July 5th, 2010

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