Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Long Run - with Blisters!

This past Sunday, I had 16 miles on the schedule. With my two latest runs ending in a literal and figurative shit-fest, I was bound and determined to set myself up for the best run possible. You know what that means: Hydration.

Looking totally sober here


I actually did limit my booze intake** and went to bed super early – 9:00 or 9:30. Finally having a pregnant wife with her early bedtimes is starting to pay some dividends (cookies in the house all the time!).

The run started out great however at mile 3 I realized that I wasn’t going to make it the entire 16 without having to stop and drop a deuce powder my nose. Fortunately I was able to find a McDonalds and zip into the bathroom without anyone noticing me - an impressive feat considering I run without a shirt on and by that point was dripping wet***. A short 5 minutes later and I was no worse for the wear. I decided that I wouldn’t stop my Garmin and would just see what the pace was...including the time contemplating Lady Gaga’s latest hairstyle****:



I had convinced my wife that bacon IS a food group she could meet me at the house at 7am and bike the last 5 miles with me. It was really fun. She was there to encourage me when it started to get hot and I started to get cranky. As much as it may come as a surprise, I DO get cranky after running for 2 hours. I’ve found that I do best when I focus on the time remaining and what I normally do in that period of time:

  • 1.5 miles left: 12 minutes….Only have the time left that it takes to take a shower
  • 3 miles left: 24 minutes…Just an episode of the office left
  • Etc


I ended up running the 16 miles at a 8:30 pace including the bathroom break and 8:13 pace not including it. Score. Right where I wanted to be.

Unfortunately when I got home, jumped in the pool mostly naked, I saw that I had a bit of a blister on my foot - either that or my massive callus was falling off. It doesn’t hurt in the slightest so I’m thinking that it is just my foot molting. You know, sort of like how a snake loses a layer every so often. So, just like I always scream when someone says they are trying to have a baby: “this story would be better with pictures” Behold.

Is my foot turning into some sort of reptilian baby?


Stay tuned tomorrow for a special Wednesday edition of Try it Tuesday - complete with a 3 case energy gel giveaway!

** Two beers and a martini….literally. Moderation is a relative term :)
*** I ordered a big mac with a side of swamp ass
**** The spikes make her more aerodynamic

31 comments:

Jamoosh said...

It looks like the beginnings of your third nipple...

Andrew Opala said...

you are not molting ... you are evolving into a new species

about dropping the deuce at mile 2 ... couldn't you just jog around the bathroom rug for a minute and drop one in your own thrown room?

then you could have had an awesomer time! who am I kidding ... I will never approach your awesomeness ... great job!

C2Iowa said...

That looks mean -- I dont care if it does not hurt -- still looks mean. Nice run

Chad said...

You're truly a class act.

Heather said...

I think that's the biggest blister I've ever seen...it's huge!

Runners Fuel said...

I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one that has deformed feet!

Adrienne said...

Nice work! Props to your wife for meeting you on the bike.

Teamarcia said...

What that lil ole thang? You mean it's not normal to have at least a couple of those?

64 CLASSIC said...

Nice blister Adam!! I still think mines better. So good I gave it a permanent place on my blog.

Emz said...

Jamoosh kills me.

Way to rock the run.

Jill said...

YAY for the run :)

Tricia said...

Yippppeeee for the run, boo for blisters

Ace said...

I get cranky after thirty seconds of running. Even without mega blisters.

The Sean said...

Nice run, nice blister- pop it and move on!!

Morgan said...

Great job on the run!!!!

If you want to see a massive blister of epic proportions go check out Spike's recent blog post! YUCK!

Julie said...

Damn, that looks like it hurts! Take care of that:)

Jeri said...

Your feet look as jacked up as mine do. Kudos. :) Mine "wilt" all the time. Grosssssssss.

RunningLaur said...

My feet molted last week too! Must be that time of year in the valley.

Anne said...

I don't see anything wrong with your foot...looks just like mine :)

Good job on the run...you are speed-ay!!

destinationathlete said...

It's a badge of honor....DUH.


;)

Great job on the running - and exceptional kudos to the Mrs. who biked along with you as you were running!

Pam said...

I do the same thing with the time/distance relation!

Cynthia O'H said...

That seems like a strange spot to get just one little ole blister. Mine always show up under the toes.

What kind of socks are you wearing? Don't tell me they're cotton.

Running Through Phoenix said...

Adam Adam Adam...

Andrew Opala said...

. Awesome!

Spike said...

Solid run and solid blister my friend. I've got me some excellent blisters right now as well.

Chris K said...

I kinda wish you'd go back to Blogging how your irregular days.

kilax said...

That blister looks like the kind that Steven gets!

Way to rock those 16 miles... and the ISU shirt in the first pic! :) I love that Tiffany rode with you!

I get cranky on long runs too. And a bit delirious. I hope my running partners find it funny... it's probably annoying.

Michelle said...

Your foot is ugly. :O)

Michelle said...

AND Awesome 16 miler man!!!!

Razz said...

nice shirt

Megan said...

FYI...Saturday before Labor Day is National Bacon Day or so my hubs told me this weekend.