Would you rather run a race in 2 days in–
A worn down pair of shoes that makes your arches sore
A new pair of the same shoes that leaves you bloody?
Great choices, right?
Ok, backing up. This is week is a mess of doctor’s appointments so I was keeping my running plan fluid but since Monday was appointment #1 I figured it would be a rest day. Plus Monday workouts rarely work in my favor. Except the late afternoon appointment went faster than I thought it would. Driving home I realized I had enough time to change super quickly and get in a run outside before it got dark. Since I still don’t feel 100% I figured any more ventures into running in the dark would wait until next week. I changed as fast as I could and was out the door.
My right shoe had felt off on Sunday’s walk but I figured I was cold and just getting over my sickness so I was probably walking weird. I didn’t think about it until I was about 5 minutes from my house. You know the feeling when you have a sticker or a burr in your sock? That’s what it felt like. 1/2 mile in, I stopped at the top of a hill to adjust my sock and check it out…holy crap- blood!
My sock was bloody and there was a large red spot on my new shoes. Well, crap, that’s not good. I sat for a moment and debated what to do. I didn’t see a blister, just a tiny hole. Hmm. I put my shoe back on and ran another half mile. I stopped and checked again, Hey look, blood was now down the inside of my shoe. Ok, I get it, time to call it. I rerouted to home.
A 1.51 mile run is better than none right? Except I didn’t like that. So after a quick clean up, a sock change, I slapped on a band-aid and my old shoes and was out the door again. I figured I had enough daylight for another 1.5 mile loop but I decided to run it backwards. My foot felt ok so I added on a little more. 😃 2.19 miles for a total of 3.7 for the day. I’m calling that a win in my book. ✅ And that last 2.19 miles felt pretty good. It was a great run mentally speaking.
What was not great was that 2 miles in old shoes was enough to make the arches of my feet start to ache. Which was why I switched to the new shoes. They are the same brand and model just a different color. I have never had a blister problem in any shoe. Any time I ever felt even the slightest hot spot it meant I needed new shoes or new socks. A quick switch and the problem was solved. So now what?
I have an 8.2 mile race on Saturday, I already knew it was going to be rough, being so undertrained and after a week of being sick. I wasn’t anticipating pain with most of my steps though. I don’t spend most of my time in the air like Usain Bolt. 😝 Do I wear the old shoes and suffer arch pain? Do I wear the new shoes and hope for less bleeding? I have an old pair of Mizuno’s but they made my knees and left calf hurt. It’s why I switched to the Pure Flow’s. I’ve even considered wearing my trail shoes.
So, in short- HELP! Any tips on blisters? Actually it still doesn’t look like a blister but that’s not the point. Any suggestions on how to make the new shoes work? Or should I run in the old ones? So many questions!
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