Old Course, Hot Day and New Kicks

TGIF everyone!  So this week I had a small adventure.  For the 4’th of July there is a race through my city’s downtown and coincides with all of the Independence Day festivities (and it also benefits a great cause, so… why not run?  It was only 101 degrees after all!).  Anyway, I have run this race the past two years, and this year wasn’t going to be any different.  As usual, I waited until the last minute to register, because I’m just on-the-ball like that.  So, I get all registered and pick up my packet on Tuesday.  On Wednesday, I went to the lake for a bit with the family and spent some time with some of my dear girlfriends who were in town for the 4th.  Then I came back into town to run…  this is where the fun starts…

4th of July Boat Parade – This was a few years ago, but this is the group that was at the lake on the 4th this year… I totally forgot my camera, boo… But this gives the idea, and yes we are wearing Cowboy Hats with the Stars and Stripes on them. That’s the way we roll 🙂

So, I get lined up, and since I haven’t been running too much lately, I got closer to the back than the front, I figured a nice, slow pace would be perfect.  After all, it was ridiculously hot and pretty much the entire course is full-on sun and pavement (love the reflected heat).  Well, about two miles in (it is a short 4 mile course) I notice that my feet were really hurting… like not in a good way hurting.  I was running in newer shoes, but they were fully broken in and had never caused these issues.  I stopped a couple times to attempt to readjust and make sure it wasn’t “user error”… I don’t think it was.  Anyway, by the time I got to the finish line, I felt like my left foot should be limping, something had gone wrong… I promptly went home, cleaned up, rested my foot and ate some food.

Thus, yesterday, when I awoke and my foot was feeling better, but still a bit tender, I made the decision that it was time to go get some new shoes…  For those of you who know me, you know I have a small shoe addiction…  so shoe shopping is never ever a problem for me.  That being said, I am also a bit difficult to please with shoes sometimes and I was nervous after the race (I didn’t want to hurt my feet more).

My feet never cause me issues, so this was a whole new thing, thus I went to my local Fleet Feet store and the owner, Phil and I spoke for a while, tried several pairs on and I did several laps wearing a dress and running shoes… cue comparisons to the business women you see walking on tracks at lunch-time, that is what I felt like.  Anyway, I found two pairs that I liked equally, and when talking to the owner (who obviously is an avid runner himself) I decided that it would probably be best to get both pairs… one pair (Asics GelNeo) are more suited to shorter distance runs (under 8or 9 miles or so) and the other pair (Brooks Trance 11) are more suited to longer runs, which is handy since I am training for the Marine Corps Marathon in October.

Brooks Trance 11

Asics – Gel Neo – People will see me a mile away!!!

Anyway, we had a HUGE storm yesterday and I was unable to get a run in, however, the shoes are laced and ready to break in this weekend!  I am super excited!  If anyone has had similar issues and wants to comment, I would love to hear your thoughts!  Have a wonderful Friday!

Until We Meet Again,

JCP

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