Saturday, February 22, 2014
No, just me and I’m more like that easily irritated gal in “The Princess and the Pea”
These are my newly refurbished orthotics. I call them “industrial strength.” I have inherited genetically “difficult” feet. I credit technology like this for still being upright and “in the race”
4 months ago when I decided to register for a half marathon, my 1st in 8 years, I figured 12 weeks would be enough time to increase my distance. I was satisfied with my 10K time so I was starting with a reasonable base.
The recent extreme cold and heavy snowfall messed up my long runs, but I still thought I’d be OK.
Then 2 weeks ago after running 10 miles (plus 2 more walking), I noticed a nasty blister forming on my arch. I had worn the covering off my 2 year old orthotics. I dropped them off to be “refurbished” i.e. recovered
I spent the next 12 days cutting back on my distance since I was now wearing a 4 year old pair and didn’t want to risk injury. This "princess" could feel the difference. The furthest I ran was 8 miles (plus 2 more walking).
I picked up the refurbished pair yesterday as soon as I got the call they were ready. They only have a new covering (top and bottom) no change to the structure, but just like the princess in the story, I can feel the difference. They are definitely stiffer and I’ve just spent nearly 2 weeks in a much older pair.
So, I’m breaking them in very slowly even though I’m running out of time. I’ve only got 2 more weeks to train and then a taper week. My longest run just might be on race day.