I swapped out my old Saucony Guide 7s with a new pair last Monday, in preparation for the Get Lucky Half Marathon (check out my Facebook page for the results of that race, and a full recap is coming soon!). They had served me well, but had over 500 miles on them -- I couldn't trust them when I was trying to run speedily! When I put on the new pair, they immediately felt tighter than the previous pair, but I didn't think too much of it. I even shrugged my shoulders when a few blisters formed on the sides of both feet (the inside on the left, and the inside and outside on the right). The shoes just needed a break-in period. Sure enough, the blisters popped and I thought that was the end of it.
A few minutes after I finished my half, I started limping and my right foot started hurting at the sites of the old blisters. My pal Wendy even asked me what was up. I told her I was breaking in new shoes. After my treadmill recovery run on Sunday (the day after the race), I saw a hotspot on the inside of my right foot, and the skin on the top of my right pinky toe was blistered and peeling (don't even ask about the toenail).
|Then I am the Queen of Awesome. Image found here.|
Today's run was outside on one of my favorite routes. I was really looking forward to it, as temperatures were in the 50s. The pain at the blister sites was noticeable, but manageable. About two miles in, the blister at the site of the hotspot popped. Ow. I started running with my right big toe pointed upward to take the weight off the blister site, which wasn't sustainable (and not conducive to a good pace). My legs were still pretty dead from Saturday's race, so I called today another recovery run and packed it in early.
I was pretty depressed for a while after I got home: Can a marathoner really be brought down by a blister? I am hopeful that the popping means my foot will begin healing, now that I have a roomier toebox in my shoe? Why in the heck do three different pairs of the same model shoe fit so differently? Can I put my 500-mile shoes (or heck, the other three pairs of Guide 7s I wore before those) in a time machine and make them brand-new again?
I'm currently wearing slippers. Will my blisters be healed enough for tomorrow's run? Does anyone have any advice to speed the recovery process? What silliness! To be continued...
|Seriously, some help would be great.|