“There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self.”
As I got up to get ready for my longest run to date Sunday morning, I saw lightning and heard the rumble of thunder. To be honest my thought was, "Oh well, I guess I'll go back to bed and if it stops I'll go later." Yes, a little lazy at that time, but I did want to get out there. I lay back down and after about 20 minutes, I realized that although it was raining, I hadn't heard anymore thunder. So up I got, took my time getting ready as I hoped the rain would die down. When I finally stepped out the door at 8:30, it was raining very lightly and the temperature actually felt really nice.
My plan was to run for 15K then stop at home, just in case...and maybe Uber H could join me for the second 15K. I actually felt really great...I took "your" advice and rolled my foot on a frozen water bottle, it really did the job and I rubbed on a thick layer of body glide to avoid bra chafing.
It rained easy and hard on and off throughout my run, so when I stopped at home after 16K I changed socks, shirt, and cap, added a light nylon jacket...refilled my water bottles and was off again very quickly. Uber H was waiting for me and he had everything ready...he then joined me on the second half of my run.
Last week, I mentioned that I needed to get a new pair of slightly bigger running shoes. Unfortunately, they didn't have my Mizuno wave ronin 3 in the size I wanted...I was a little worried about having a different shoe for my long runs, but the salesboy (he looked about 15) gave me the Asics Tarther to try on and said that it was the closest to my Mizuno's.
My new Asics - size 9
Asics and Mizunos - very similar racers
He was right...I'm very pleased with my new shoes, there was no bumping against my toes over the whole 30K. Although I once again got some blisters between my big toe and the one next to it. I must use more body glide there and perhaps even some second skin for a while. I wore my injinji's during the second half and it helped.
When I reached about 27K, I started feeling tightness and pain in my right knee...I was using a 5/1 ratio, so it wasn't too bad. However, the last K I did non stop and I went faster and the pain went away. As my PT once mentioned, it's when I slow down too much that my knee bends inside and the pain starts...I guess it's true.
No lingering pain today, just some normal tightness...I'm super happy and starting to believe that I will actually do this marathon after all!!!!