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New Shoes and New Group

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!!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
GABY1948 6/17/2013 9:19AM

    Well done! I feel for you with your bunions...I had bunions my whole life but about 5 years ago an awesome doctor took care of them and revamped them totally...removing bone to straighten the feet out...but I'm sure you wouldn't go through it because for a few months you are truly laid up...though it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. GLAD you are running again!

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STRIVER57 6/16/2013 1:37PM

    good to hear that the group went well. and hope the shoes work out!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 6/16/2013 11:37AM

    Sounds great! You're lucky to have that option.

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DESERTJULZ 6/16/2013 10:13AM

    Ah yes. I have wide feet with a long second toe as well. Finding the right shoes usually takes me at least an hour at a sports shoe store. The knowledgeable clerk is definitely worth the wait!

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MSLZZY 6/16/2013 7:30AM


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MEXGAL1 6/15/2013 9:29PM

    Woo hoo
totally awesome.

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AQUAGIRL08 6/15/2013 9:28PM

    Sounds great! emoticon

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MANDELOVICH 6/15/2013 9:24PM

    Sounds great to me!

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JOYINKY 6/15/2013 8:21PM


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MIRAGE727 6/15/2013 7:20PM

    Resolution is a good thing, Marsha! I've decided on a Zen approach to my run & speed. Using my Pace method, and getting comfy with it has me adding speed and I don't feel any extra effort. Strange animal, this thing called running.
I've also found that through my lacing, in the past, I've brought my shoes to a comfortable fit. I'm using "Lock Laces" now and have found them most effective. They are also excellent for me to slip on during a Tri transition. I will never lace my shoes again. The bottom line is we all have to find what works for us, without risk of injury. THAT's my prime objective. Enjoy your run!

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COCK-ROBIN 6/15/2013 7:14PM

    I'm proud of you!

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NATPLUMMER 6/15/2013 7:08PM

    Heat and humidity are going to have an effect on your magic mile time.

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WATERMELLEN 6/15/2013 6:33PM

    So glad that you got the new shoes!! Hope that they take care of the toe problem for you.

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BOOKAPHILE 6/15/2013 6:04PM

    Enjoy your group(s) and the new shoes. May it all come together for improved times and enjoyment!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 6/15/2013 4:16PM

    I am curious how you determine what is the "right pace for [you] on that particular day."

I hope the shoes work out. I have a very narrow heel, too; in fact, narrow feet (AA feet, AAAA heels). Nevertheless, my running shoes are a full size larger than my street shoes. I have found a way to lace them so that my foot does not slide down into the shoe (that was why I was having toe nail issues for a while.)

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NEW-CAZ 6/15/2013 4:01PM

    emoticon hope the new shoes work out for you!

Have a great weekend

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MJREIMERS 6/15/2013 3:30PM

    Way to go!!! I think your time was very good considering your toe. Good luck with the new shoes!!!!

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FROSTY99 6/15/2013 3:16PM

    Shoes are the foundation to make this work-hoping these are just what you need.

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GOLFGMA 6/15/2013 2:38PM

    Glad you found a good fit in the shoes. Hope they make the difference you're looking for.

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DONNABRIGHT 6/15/2013 2:31PM

    Hoping the shoes work out for you!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 6/15/2013 2:31PM

    I hope the shoes solve your problem. I am SO envious of your access to running groups.

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/15/2013 2:21PM

    Sounds like the training groups are working out perfectly for you. Good luck with the new shoes. emoticon

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2WHEELEDSHARON 6/15/2013 2:21PM

    I hope you don't mind me pointing out that doing a 9:25 mile, especially after injury recovery IS pretty darn close to a miracle! No reason to stop kissing your studly calves;)
I'm crossing my fingers for the shoes to work well for you.

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