Saturday, June 15, 2013
Thanks for your help and suggestions regarding my toe issue. Yes, my second toe is slightly longer than my big toe. I also have two huge bunions so I am difficult to fit, but I did buy new shoes today at our local running store. I had to wait about 45 minutes to get the most knowledgeable salesperson. (Last time I was served by a new clerk and that might have been part of my problem.) Unfortunately the shoes that best fit my bunion and have the best toe box for my foot are then too wide in the heel and flop when I run even when the shoe is specially laced. So I got a compromise pair, bigger in the toe box than what I've been wearing, but still narrow enough that it doesn't flop on my heel. They were more expensive, too. Fingers are crossed that they will serve me better, especially while this toe heals.
I did my first training run of the season with my Galloway group this morning, starting at 6am, in my old shoes. I was a little disappointed that I ran my "miracle mile" in 9:25. That is better than last year's 9:44, but far off my recent best mile of 8:47. It was very humid and a bit hot, but the weeks I had to take off due to injury are probably the reason I didn't do as well as I had hoped.
However, it appears to me it really isn't going to matter this year. We have a total of 9 training groups, 3 of which are "half marathon time improvement" groups. (The other groups are slower "to finish" groups or are training for full marathons.) I was placed in the middle of the half marathon improvement groups, but all 3 improvement groups ran the same route. We were told if we felt bad and wanted to drop back to the last group or felt strong and wanted to catch up to the first group we could. Well, after about a mile and a half I was feeling strong and caught up to the first group and finished strong. So this year I'll be able to run at precisely the pace that is right for me on that particular day. I'm excited about that!!