Lately I haven’t been getting everything done that I want to. Sure, things come up for everyone, especially parents, but my biggest time consumption has been reading online. I’ve been reading articles from Runners World, some of my favorite blogs, like DizRuns, rUnladylike, Big Goofy Runner, and Shiawase Life. I also find web-based articles, follow twitter links, and have read You CAN Go the Distance by Bruce Van Horn this week. Why am I reading so much? I’m trying to learn as much as I can about running, training, racing, and all of the nuances that accompany these things. I’d rather hear about the experience, the mistakes, and lessons learned than to make the mistake myself. In turn, I am hoping that my mistakes might help someone else become a smarter runner without having to suffer the same way.
Case and point: Over the past week I have totaled just over 10 miles plus 30 minutes on the spin bike. My plan calls for me to be between 40 and 45 miles per week as I ramp up the miles during marathon training. Why the slacking? Two weeks ago I did my first 18 mile training run and it felt great. I got a new pair of running shoes and put them to the test right away. Since this is the first pair of shoes that I’ve gotten since I’ve started doing actual “long runs” I didn’t see any issue with it. Now I do.
I did not give my feet a chance to get used to the shoes or the shoes a chance to get used to my feet. With the insole padding being different than my current shoes, I actually hurt my foot because of the cushioning. The outside edge of the padding is raised just a little, but that little bit is severely magnified when multiplied by the number of steps in 18 miles. To make things worse, the shoes that I wear to work needed to be replaced long ago and the shoes that I wear when not running are ones that I used to run in. I just couldn’t see throwing away shoes that were only 3-4 months old. Honestly, I’m still getting used to the idea of wearing out shoes on the inside while the soles are still intact.
It took me better than a week and discussions with several people, but I finally figured out that the long run was only the start of the problem. I bought new work shoes and changed my out-of-work shoes as well. WHAT A DIFFERENCE! My foot is back to feeling right so I should be out there again soon. This not running thing really sucks!