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The Agony of Da-Feet


Monday, February 18, 2013

Sis and I set out on Friday morning for our 20-mile run. We were using this long run as a mock race for the marathon, working on our nutrition and hydration, etc. The weather was absolutely perfect, 60 degrees and no wind, ahhhhhh a runner's dream. (BTW, the next day it was 32 degrees and we got a dusting of snow, then freezing rain) I had planned the route so we would be running on the asphalt most of the time (sidewalks will kill the calves) and tried to avoid as much traffic as possible, so 10 miles out on paved bike paths and trolley lanes. Here's the half-way, turn around point.

Feeling great and strong. We had planned a water stop when we reached the boardwalk, and the water fountain was inoperable (again) - a strongly worded letter to the City of Virginia Beach will be in the mail today regarding that. So we stopped across the street at a 7-11 and were going to fill up our empty water bottles, well no water on the soda fountain, uggh. We asked the cashier if she had a water fountain somewhere we could fill them up, and she said she could fill them up in the sink, she took our bottles and was about to fill them up when this young punk cashier said that they could not fill up our water bottles. What the heck, really? I was so mad....a strongly worded letter to the manager of 7-11 will be coming today too. I had $5 in my fanny pack and could have purchased my own water, however this was not the point. This just really bugged me, a city that is supposed to be so great for vacationers and tourists and yet they can't even treat the locals with any compassion, can you tell I'm a bit miffed at that? Rant over. We ended up stopping at the restroom facility 10 blocks from there to fill up our bottles.

Next 9 miles were fine - great even, until both Sis and I started to feel out feet burning around mile 19.5, what was this? this has never happened before, oh my the pain, so we pretty much limped it the last half-mile home. It occured that we either had some toe trama going on or blisters, ugggh, we were both too afraid to take our shoes off to find out until after our stretching. We enjoyed a chocolate milk celebratory toast, what a great run, what a super accomplishment, and we talked about what worked and what didn't work.

Then we sat down to reveal the aching feet.....BLISTERS, owieee. Never ever had blisters before. We didn't do anything different this time than any previous runs, except going 4 extra miles. Ouch, I spent the rest of the weekend nursing huge, quarter size blisters on my big toe and my second toe. I Still feeling it today, but I have to suck it up, more runs to do this week.



This month marks my 4-year anniversary on Spark so I wanted to post this absolutely hideous, one of my most embarassing pics to remind me why I keep sparking, eating healthy and running.

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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
KAREN_NY 3/19/2013 1:36PM

    Catching up your blogs en route to your fantastic (FANTASTIC!) marathon accomplishment! I love how you keep going.... but I can't believe that picture is you!? Wow - CONGRATULATIONS! You're a rockstar.

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KELTIC-CARA 2/25/2013 7:23PM

    emoticon emoticon and on the 20mile run emoticon hope the toes heal quickly emoticon

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DEECANDOITAGAIN 2/24/2013 12:41AM

    I can't believe that was you, and 20 MILES! That is waaay coool! Thanks for posting your before. I have ways of forgetting that when I gain a few pounds, I am headed back to where I was before. OK; you have re-motivated me to start tracking again!

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SHANECODER 2/23/2013 2:39PM

    So AWESOME! You ran 20 miles!!! That's too cool!

If you can swing it, a nice pair of running socks may help with the blisters.

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SUEAZZI 2/22/2013 10:02AM

    Super Congrats on your mock race! Darn those blisters; hope they healed now and you figured out how to prevent them from visiting you again. Love that you posted the "before" picture because girl you are living proof that if you can dream it you can do it! You are amazing. emoticon

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MPETERSON2311 2/20/2013 1:05PM

    wow is that pic you?! Not hideous at all!

what an inspiration!

And I love your new wallpaper

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STRIVER57 2/19/2013 1:34AM

    what JLitt said. congratulations & hope you resolve the blister issue.

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SHARON10002 2/18/2013 11:49PM

    Love the title of this blog!!! emoticon

Oooowwww . . . sympathy moaning . . . emoticon
Sure hope this won't happen again, or affect you in the actual marathon.

What an amazing transformation! That picture at the end of the blog looks nothing like you! Congratulations on your accomplishments and thank you for all your inspiration and support.

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BILL60 2/18/2013 10:24PM

    What a super accomplishment. A well earned Congratulations, Champ!! Keep up the challenges.

Bill

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ONMYMEDS 2/18/2013 6:15PM

    Congrats on the (painful) long run. And especially congrats on everything else you have accomplished. Besides looking so much better, you look at least 10 years younger, although I'm sure your feet aren't feeling younger today.

Really, outstanding!! emoticon

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JANEMARIE77 2/18/2013 2:05PM

    you look wonderful than and amazing now way to go truly blister sorry could it have been the socks? great run you got her done woohoo rocking it

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SKEETER13887 2/18/2013 10:49AM

    Holy Crap you - and Denise - should be proud of all that you have accomplished. The experience you are sharing with your sister is only secondary to the health and wellness you have gained on this journey! Congratulations and keep up the great work.

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JLITT62 2/18/2013 10:00AM

    Your before photo is NOT hideous . . . but your after is fan-freakin-tastic!

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NATPLUMMER 2/18/2013 9:42AM

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MZSLYDE01 2/18/2013 9:35AM

    WOWEE - CONGRATULATIONS ON THE 20 MILER. I AM SO PROUD OF YOU GIRL.
LOOK AT THAT PIC - HOLY HAM, HOLY HANNA, HOLY CAT'S BATMAN!!!!!
AMAZING TRANSFORMATION.
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YOU INSPIRE ME GIRL. ALL THE TIME. YOU KEEP ME GOING.
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THAT.


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SAMI199 2/18/2013 9:10AM

    emoticon Happy Sparkversary!!!

emoticon emoticon 20 MILES!!!!

emoticon Sorry about the H2O,or lack there of..WTH?

emoticon Hope the tootsies are feeling better...owwwie...

emoticon Hard to believe that is you-what an inspiration you are!

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2HAMSDIET 2/18/2013 9:06AM

    sorry about your feet and I hope you figure out what to do different next time. I like the picture of the former beautiful you as you were just hiding from the world. So glad you can out of your cocoon. emoticon

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WONDERWOMAN 2/18/2013 9:04AM

    OUCH on the blisters. Hope that doesn't happen again and was just a fluke. Great run though. And look at how far you've come!

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BOILHAM 2/18/2013 9:01AM

    First, congratulations on doing your 20 miler. That's a long way, isn't it?

Too bad about the blisters. Must be frustrating not knowing why that happened. That's one malady (knocking on wood) that I have not yet suffered. I hope you recover quickly.

Retired nurse DW says not to break them, they can become infected easily. If they do break use antibiotics on them. I know it's unsolicited advise, but that's what I do, give unsolicited advise, because I know everything.

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That picture looks nothing like the Lisa I know. Congratulations on your tremendous weight loss and health gain!!

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