I had a GREAT tempo run this morning. 6 miles, 7:04 overall pace with 5 miles at 6:58 pace. (Yeahhhh, so much for that warm up mile***) I feel like I am really starting to get back into running. My legs don't feel like they are going to fall off anymore and I have been able to hit my paces.
So, to strike while the iron is hot, I am going to run the Tempe, AZ Arbor Day 5K! Did you know it was arbor day? Nope, me either. Will that stop me from running this race? Nope. I may even hug a tree when I am done. Although, with my luck I'll probably end up hugging a cacti. Lovely.
I'm going to hit this race hard. No wussy-footing around**** on this one. I'm planning on racing it to set a baseline for the summer - when I plan on focusing on getting faster and running a sub 19:00 5K. I'll run another 5K in the fall to see where I ended up and try to hit the 19:00.
Blisters. I have been SUPER lucky so far to not have any troubles with blisters. None. I even wear *gasp* COTTON socks almost exclusively. However, quite ironically, I got a few during my Pat Tillman 4.2 mile walk. The reason I feel I got them is because my wife and I were power walking the entire thing and I was using a strong heel/toe walking stride. I normally am a pretty solid midfoot striker so I don't have a lot of heel pressure and therefore don't have many calluses there.
Just like all things must come to an end (god willing Justin Bieber fits into this) so too does my win streak with blisters. During today's run, I had a few hot spots on my heels near where I had my other blisters and I can feel another lovely coming on. I'm not sure what the reason is for this, but I may just have to switch over to the few tech socks that I have to see if that helps....maybe some body glide too.
I thought that I would go just a little Steve in a Speedo on you and share my woes. Hopefully at least someone out there has a foot fetish and will get a charge out of this. Enjoy!
Closeup of the culprits
If you look closely at the one on the left, based on the shape of the blister you'd think that I was wearing my Sperm Rocket Shoes (click the link - you'll laugh...promise).
Like I said, being a blister 'virgin', I haven't had to deal with these much. Any suggestions?
*** I'm always warm because of the fire in my heart that burns for blogging (hehe)
**** Keeping it PG-13 for the kiddies