Wednesday, October 13, 2010

A slight taper and some slight foot "surgery"

Taper Madness is one of those things that is sort of like skydiving.  Sure, it seems good on paper, but it is a nightmare to actually execute.  The cure for taper madness? Jump out of a plane. Don't taper!  (Note, this is probably one of those 'do as I say, not as I do type moments'.)

I've said before that I'm treating this weekend's Denver marathon sort of like a training run.  I would have probably ran 20 or 22 miles this weekend, so I'll tack on the extra 6 miles of running and call it a day.  As a result, I am (for the most part) putting in my normal miles with an EVER so slight taper of 2 less miles per day starting today.  That means that instead of 7 miles per day I'll run 5.  Taper!

Last night had me running 7 miles with 5 miles at 6:49 tempo pace.  It was a great run - probably because I was so rested.  Unfortunately, there was an AM/PM alarm clock issue the morning before that caused me to sleep in THREE AND A HALF HOURS LATE!!!  That meant that I missed a meeting with my new boss on the second day of a new project.  Awesome.  But, it was a great run - so that is all that mattered, right?

This morning was a pretty standard 5 mile marathon pace run at 7:39 pace.  I actually negative split this run because I was rushing to get back to the hotel so I could get to a 7:30 meeting.  My first taper day is over - bring on the straight jacket.

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For all red blooded, meat eating, face punching men and women, there are a few things that are fairly constant. Death and taxes ring a bell, but there are many others that apply to every single one of us:

Everybody eats, so everybody poops


Everyone has two nipples (but not necessarily a belly button – ask my father in law)
Picture courtesy of Jamoosh - You're welcome, I made it as small as possible


And everyone has feet (high arches anyone?)


Unfortunately, as runners our feet take a beating. And with repetitive beatings, come well behaved children come blisters.  I actually have had pretty good luck on the blister front. AND I WEAR COTTON SOCKS!!  *GASP* I rarely get them - mostly because my feet are so callused that I could walk on coals.  However, every so often, one of those calluses decides that it is tired hanging out on my foot and would much rather be rolling around in my sock.  This happened about three weeks ago right on the ball of my foot:

After a week or two, the blister / falling off callus was starting to get a bit more white however was still hanging on just fine.  I generally don't pop or lance blisters as, just like with dogs eating food or Jersey Shore guys putting on fake tanning oil, I like to let well and good alone:


After my 20 miler this weekend, I noticed that the inevitable happened, it had broken loose and needed to be set free into the wild.  Plus, my wife was in the room and I take any and every opportunity to gross her out.


So, after some minor surgery with finger nail clippers, I was able to remove my ball-foot callus to reveal.....another callus.  Wonderful - bring on the hot coals.


What does everyone else do with blisters that haven't popped yet?  Leave them alone?  Squeeze that little sucker like a giant zit??


Do you like to taper?  Drive you bonkers?

36 comments:

Jamoosh said...

Tapering is for wimps!

Actually, the taper doesn't bother me at all. I don't know what all the fuss is about.

Chad said...

This ironman training plan has a lame 3-week taper. In fact, the few days before the race have me doing bricks and 40-minute runs. I'd really prefer a medically-induced coma, but I guess that's what post-race week is for.

Blisters, I steam them. I used to get blisters a lot, but then I stopped going sockless. I always have some sort of sock on, locking in the moist footy environment that keeps blisters pliable. If I wear flip flops, my blisters will turn into hard little nasties, and then things get out of control.

Kovas Palubinskas said...

I rarely get blisters, knock on wood, but I lance them, because I like to see the blister juice ooze out.

C2Iowa said...

I must be a wimp - I am tapering. HATE it.

Blisters? Just real small ones - the size of a pencil eraser.

Runners Fuel said...

I don't really have any blisters, but a ton of calis. It's pretty embarresing in yoga class. I'm nervous for my tamper time. I think I'll gain a million pounds and be bored out of my mind. I don't know what I did before runnning.

Ewa said...

Is your new boss a runner? :)
Try to enjoy your taper. Keep telling yourself it is good for you and you might start believing it.

Heather said...

The more my feet are getting to look beat up, the more I feel like I have accomplished something!

I don't mind the taper so much..I have plenty of other stuff to do!!

(Nice to meet ya!)

Luke said...

First taper was last week, I hated it. All I wanted to do was go out and push hard, but that's not what the plan called for.

Anne said...

I've only tapered for half-marathons and I'm sure it's not the same thing. I look forward to my first official marathon taper madness!

Blisters...I pop'em.

Jill said...

4 pictures of your foot blister on a Wednesday? Oh, we are so blessed!!! I love the comment you said you ran well because you were well "rested". *ahem* There may be something TO this taper thing? Rest comes to mind.

See ya Saturday :).

Allie said...

Thank you for totally grossing me out Adam, you're a peach!
Lucky for me, I've only had small blisters between my toes and I have to pop those suckers or they just get worse. Since I started wearing Injinji socks though I haven't had a single blister.

Allie said...

Oh yeah, thanks for the nipples!

Tricia said...

For someone so "busy" you sure seem to have a lot of time on your hands for blister photography. How do you manage to get your runs in with all the time your new hobby takes up?

Forward Foot Strides said...

I'm using some half-marathons as stepping stones on my way to a marathon, so tapering isn't really built into it. Well kind of I guess, but not crazy tapering.

I had a great experience with a hardened blood blister on the tip of my toe falling off yesterday. I feel like a whole new woman.

Forward Foot Strides said...

LOL at Tricia's comment, "blister photography". You could start a business with that. Maybe even, host a giveaway on my page, I think K-Venom needs some competition.

Matty B. said...

1. I probably am not tapering correctly. I'm still running a lot.
2. Is this the week of gross pictures?
3. I drain blisters with a needle. They dry out a lot sooner and the skin then peels away just a couple days after which feels soooo much better.

Andrew Opala said...

I was second guessing my taper at the start of my last race.

I've never had a blister.

Alma said...

UG! I hate the am/pm mixup. It's happened to me when I was traveling for work and so now, I set my phone alarm + the hotel clock. Sometimes the hotel clock doesn't work either :( When I'm feeling especially anal, I also set a third alarm, the watch alarm.

Zaneta said...

um I usually just leave them until they pop on their own... exactly what you did actually... and then i cut the excess skin off with fingernail scissors/clippers and rinse with peroxide.

EricaH said...

After looking at your multiple blister pics before bed. I fear I will have nightmares of blistered feet chasing me down the street, so thanks for that. :)

Chris K said...

I will send you $100 if you promise never to show pictures of your feet again.

Emily said...

Are you going to be able to contain your adrenaline and adhere to the training run plan in Denver? I've learned that I'm pretty much incapable of that. I am entirely too competitive.

And was it really necessary to post THAT many pictures of your feet?

Ed said...

Did you seriously put that many pictures of your blister in that one post? Hahaha! Dude, I seriously felt my stomach turn each time I scrolled down a little more.

As far as what I do with my own... I pierce them with a needle and get the puss party started.

Ed said...

Btw... did you get in trouble for missing your meeting the other morning?

Angie Bee said...

I like being a sloth and lounging around for a while :)
Pop and drain the blister and then after a day or so trim and keep it trimmed so there is no ripping or tears.

Pam said...

Knock on wood, I have never had a running-induced blister. Blisters from hooker heels and ill-fitting sandals, yes. Running, no.

By the way, you have the UGLIEST. FEET. EVER. hahahahaha

Christina said...

You continue to crack me up. I have a half coming up and am debating to taper or not. I'm not in a position to get a PR and don't know that tapering would give me an extra boost.

Jeri said...

Your blister had a blister.... that's kind of amazing, I hope you realize.

Morgan said...

You and Spike are disgusting. Tell your wife I feel her pain.

Adrienne said...

People who don't like to taper are just trying to act like they are tough. There I said it. (some of them are tough but some are just acting like it)

I haven't used an alarm clock in over 10 years. If I need to wake up at 6 am I just say to myself the night before "okay, 6am" then I wake up the next morning at 6am. I've never get blisters, I guess you could say I'm in tune with my body and listen to it. More people should listen to their bodies--you only get one you know.

Ace said...

lance/cut/duct tape, then hit the drymax...

funderson said...

I like to let the blisters work themselves out....that and I'm too lazy to mess with them. Good luck in Denver!! It looks like the weather will be extra-fine.

The Sean said...

ALWAYS, pop the blister.

Tara said...

I hate the taper, I always go stir crazy and drink too much beer, which just makes me feel like shit.

Nice blister shots BTW.

kilax said...

I love your taper Adam! Hee hee. But skydiving did not seem like a nightmare to me. Have you done it?

Are you meeting up with Beth in Denver?

I pop those suckers. And take lots of pics too. Steven thinks it's gross. I don't. I think you should use the flower setting on your camera so we can see your callous even better, Adam!

"well behaved children" *snort*

Spike said...

I know it isn't a competition, but mine was way bigger.