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My Race Tips: Number 4 and 4.5

Friday, March 18, 2011

I'm still focused on the feet today, but of course, good feet are obviously essential to running. Here's kind of two tips in one.

When I went to the fancy-shmancy running store and had my stride evaluated, they recommended not only the pair of shoes I bought, but a pair of socks. I had never heard of wicking socks. I did not know that cotton socks can cause blisters, but now I know. I bought a pair of Bolega socks as recommended. They do seem cooler and comfy. At $10 a pop, though, I still only have one pair. (I saw them online for $8.95 but by the time you pay shipping might as well buy local.)

The second tip may or may not be helpful. But the shoes I bought were priced at $100. They were on sale for $80. The fact that they were on sale was not even a factor in my selection. Of the three pair the salesman recommended for me they were the only comfortable pair. I have a high arch. The salesman would have sold me inserts for $60, but with the pair of shoes I selected, I didn't need them. My daughter also bought a pair of shoes at the same running store. Although she paid full price, they threw in a pair of Bolega socks in her deal. So, you may not have to pay full price even at the specialty store.

  
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AQUAGIRL08 3/19/2011 10:56AM

    I'm not even a runner and I know and appreciate the value of a good fit on a pair of walking shoes. I have very hard feet to fit and wear inserts. When you are on your feet all day, wicking socks are a must in the heat even if you aren't running!

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JHADZHIA 3/18/2011 7:50PM

    I am an old hand on this one too. When I first heard of wicking socks, they were a thin pair of liner socks that you put under regular socks to help keep your feet dry and comfy. Not sure how many years ago this was.. It think I might even still have them lol. This is why I need two drawers for my socks in my dresser. Do I need to declutter? Very probably!!
Keep up the great tips!


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KRISTI2661 3/18/2011 7:41PM

    Just bought my first pair of "real" running shoes today, so the sock info is great. I went to a running store, but they never suggested the socks. I did get a GREAT deal on my shoes though, which I was very excited about. They had only one pair left - regular $130 for $59.99 - and they fit perfectly! I am so excited - guess I better invest in those socks, thanks for the tip.

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WATERMELLEN 3/18/2011 7:23PM

    Proper shoes, proper socks, proper fit: there is no substitute! And when you imagine how willing you'd be to pay just about anything for relief from blisters when they occur -- especially during the race --

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MONTY68 3/18/2011 4:26PM

   
Hi Marsha
Great information on buying shoes and socks. I bought a pair of socks at the Sports Authority last year, paid almost $14. They did make a difference in walking, but several months ago, one sock disappeared and I haven't replaced them yet.
Really appreciate your tips.

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KALIGIRL 3/18/2011 1:47PM

    Wicking socks a must! emoticon

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JOYINKY 3/18/2011 1:42PM

    I have come to appreciate really good socks; they are worth the price!

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My Race Tips: Number Three

Thursday, March 17, 2011

While I continue to savor my success, I'm sharing what I learned during my first 5K race.

Third tip: Double knot your shoe strings. I learned this one the hard way during a training run!!

  
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JHADZHIA 3/18/2011 7:45PM

    Another good one, and another I also do automatically out of necessity. My laces are usually so long due to narrow feet I have to tie three or more knots just so they don't drag :((
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MONTY68 3/17/2011 8:52PM

    Hi Marsha
Great tip for shoe laces. mine don't seem long enough to double knot. I will have to practice it.

Thanks for sharing, these have been great tips.

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MEXGAL1 3/17/2011 6:07PM

    definately!

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AQUAGIRL08 3/17/2011 3:56PM

    Good advice! Nothing is as ugly as falling on your face after tripping over your shoe laces!

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MNNICE 3/17/2011 12:43PM

    Good advice! I've found that when I've been walking or running and have to bend over to tie my shoe, it isn't always easy to get back up again and get your legs moving!

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HAPPYSOUL91 3/17/2011 9:58AM

    Yes I can see where this is an important tip (not causing trips) LOL

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 3/17/2011 9:16AM

    I do this when I go walking too!

Great tip - you might want to share in Secrets of Success!

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WATERMELLEN 3/17/2011 7:46AM

    Have tripped SOOO many times!! They come undone (and me too).

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EDWINA172 3/17/2011 5:56AM

    Excellent tip! I do this too. I was in a race last summer where a little girl was running with her sneakers untied and didn't want to stop to tie them. It made me so nervous to watch her! PS..love your little family pic. Made me smile:)

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My Race Tips: Number Two

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Remember that I am now an "expert" since I have run one 5K race! So I have decided to share my tips. Grain of salt (not to be taken internally due to sodium) is recommended to go along with these tips!

Second tip: I've read over and over again that runners need to be professionally fitted for shoes at a shop that specializes in running shoes. Well, I did that. My tip is to do it ahead of time. The store where I bought the shoes did not think it necessary to break in the shoes, but I believe it helped. I got my new shoes about 6 weeks before the race. The race was about the 12th time I'd worn the shoes. I wore them confidently, knowing they are totally comfortable. -Marsha

Happy running!!

  
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JHADZHIA 3/18/2011 7:44PM

    Fantastic! I have always heard you must break in new shoes -can't believe they said you didn't have to...
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MONTY68 3/16/2011 5:55PM

    To Marsha:
5 K expert

So far both tips have been excellent. I agree , that new shoes should be worn prior to a race.
Love your series of tips

Monty
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MNNICE 3/16/2011 5:49PM

    Definitely agree with that one!

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HAPPYSOUL91 3/16/2011 1:44PM

    Good for you

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CHBADILLO 3/16/2011 1:35PM

    Thanks for the tips. I'm going to walk/run my first 5K this summer.

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AQUAGIRL08 3/16/2011 10:56AM

    Good idea! Even if it doesn't feel like they need to be broken in, you need to get used to them and adjust your stride accordingly. Thanks for sharing!

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MEXGAL1 3/16/2011 10:45AM

    I so agree with this. All of our feet are different and different challenges. I inherited my grandmother's feet and bunions. so i need shoes that cushion them.
thanks for sharing.
Sallie

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WATERMELLEN 3/16/2011 8:07AM

    Agreed: what's remarkable is that the store didn't think it was important!! (You knew better!)

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INTHELOOP 3/16/2011 7:58AM

    I think the best tips come from people who are passionate about their own accomplishments!! Keep them coming!!
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SNOOKUMS19 3/16/2011 7:55AM

    Those of us who are creatures of habit would agree with you emoticon

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JOYINKY 3/16/2011 7:35AM

    Makes sense to me! emoticon

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My Race Tips: Number One

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Now that I am an "expert," having run one 5K race, I feel entitled to post my tips! Warning: they may need a grain of salt to go with them. First tip: be sure to trim and smooth your toe nails before the big race. I thought of that the night before and was glad I did. -Marsha

  
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JHADZHIA 3/18/2011 7:42PM

    Because of my crooked and troublesome toes, keeping the nails well trimmed is a must for me, regularly.
But who would normally think of it before a race! Great advice!

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MNNICE 3/16/2011 5:48PM

    Anxiously awaiting tip #2 ! emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 3/15/2011 8:33PM

    Great idea -- hate snags inside my socks!!

Thanks for your kind comment on my final Beck blog!!

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KALIGIRL 3/15/2011 8:21PM

    I'll bet - sounds simple, but eliminated a lot of potential pain!

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SNOOKUMS19 3/15/2011 6:15PM

    emoticon emoticonYou learn something new everyday! Looking forward to more tips! Have a great night!

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MONTY68 3/15/2011 6:10PM

    Hi Marsha
Gosh, I wouldn't have thought of that, thanks for the tip.

Monty


PS, I guess that might be a good thought for walking also. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DAVEYSHADOW 3/15/2011 4:16PM

    Thanks for that, my first race is in May so looking forward to lots more tips!

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JOYINKY 3/15/2011 2:54PM

    Yes, it counts for us walkers too! Kinda sneaks up on you!

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FREELADY 3/15/2011 2:52PM

    Wow! Love this practicality! So glad SOMEONE is thinking ahead!

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MNNICE 3/15/2011 2:34PM

    Ahhh, so THAT'S what's been hitting the end of my shoes! *clip clip*

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MEXGAL1 3/15/2011 1:59PM

    great tip number one.
Thanks for sharing.
Sallie

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AQUAGIRL08 3/15/2011 1:35PM

    You are so right on this one! I did a 20 mile walk for charity back in 1978 and didn't do that the night before. My toes were a mess by the end of the day. I wish someone had reminded me to cut and smooth my toe nails the night before - it would have saved me a lot of grief!

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How Inspiring!!

Monday, March 14, 2011

I am proud of my 31.17 minute 5K finish, but I witnessed something far more inspirational during that race than my performance. Near the back of the pack was a gentleman running with six inch steps and a determined look on his face. Before the race I heard him say he is getting a little slower each year and expected to finish this year in about an hour. That might not sound so amazing, but the man is 90 years old!!

  
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JOYINKY 3/15/2011 2:20PM

    That is inspiring! Thanks for sharing!

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AQUAGIRL08 3/15/2011 1:36PM

    Wow! How awesome is that!!!!!

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HAPPYSOUL91 3/15/2011 12:05PM

    wow, that is something....good for him!

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KALIGIRL 3/15/2011 11:04AM

    Very cool!

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1BEACHWALKER 3/15/2011 1:52AM

    Wow-if he can do it --anyone can! But, the thing is we have to get out there - that is the challenging part for a lot of people! emoticon emoticon

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FREELADY 3/14/2011 11:45PM

    What a great story! I will think of him when I am staggering along tomorrow, and I won't quit!

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JHADZHIA 3/14/2011 9:19PM

    WOW!! That is amazing!! Thanks for sharing!! I don't imagine I will be doing that at his age, if I live that long.. I can see you doing it though. Go Marsha Go!!

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WATERMELLEN 3/14/2011 8:42PM

    Oh, my: that's really heart warming!! There are a number of (seriously) older persons who work out at my gym, and I always love to see them!!

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MONTY68 3/14/2011 8:36PM

    Hi Marsha
Thank you for sharing this, I think we need to see more of these examples of what people can do with their life. I am inspired each time I go to the clubhouse and see people in their late 80's & early 90's working out.

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MICHELE0008 3/14/2011 8:13PM

    Wow, very inspiring! Thanks for sharing...this will make me think twice about the excuses I come up with for things! emoticon

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