So since it's Halloween, let me show you something scary and gross!
This morning during my 10 miler, at about 8 miles, I turned to look for traffic behind, took my eyes off the road in front of me for half a second and stepped on something (maybe a rock?!) very hard with my left forefoot. It hurt like you wouldn't believe! I limped the last two miles home, hoping to sort of shake it off. I said a quick prayer that I wouldn't hit anything else in the exact same spot, which would have taken me to my knees. Sometimes after hitting something hard like that it can take a few strides, or sometimes up to half a mile, to get everything feeling all right again. But not this time! I stopped to look at it a couple of times with my headlamp and it seem to just be a blood blister, but each step was increasingly uncomfortable and I began to actually change my stride to find a better landing zone (never a good thing!) When I got back to the house I was not encouraged. What I saw was about a dime size blister forming and starting to throb.
Now it's mid morning as I write this and it is still throbbing inside my shoe. Not only that, I'm now walking with a slight limp! Normally this wouldn't be so bad, but what makes this such a "scary Halloween surprise" is that I'm supposed to run the Indy Monumental Marathon in 5 days with Team World Vision on Saturday. I was planning to only run 3 days this week (Mon 10mile, Tues 8mile and Wed 6mile) and then take off Thurs and Fri completely to be ready for Saturday...but now it looks like I will be taking the WHOLE week off and then just hope and pray to be ready to go on Saturday. Don't get me wrong, it's not the end of the world, but definitely not the way I wanted to taper for this race! Oh well, up until now it had been a great October for barefoot running...how fitting that this happened on Halloween!
I started off the month with a nice high mileage week of 77miles followed by a week of tapering to get ready for the Duke City Marathon in Albuquerque. This would be my 3rd (and hopefully final) attempt to get the ever elusive New Mexico Marathon under 4 hours for my 50Sub4 quest. Linda and I flew out on Thursday afternoon and made a nice 4-day weekend out of it. We explored Santa Fe NM on Friday which was a short 90 minute drive from our hotel in Old Town Albuquerque. We enjoyed the Georgia O'Keefe museum in Santa Fe as well as some other museums, shopping and excellent restaurants. Santa Fe is quite an eclectic mix of arts and entertainment so my artsy wife Linda was right at home, and I didn't mind it either!
|Chillin' at the start|
|El Pinto Restaurant|
|4 Hour Pacer - Group was a "little" fast|
|Yay!! Duke City Complete!|
So yes, I am still a strong proponent of Barefoot Running, even though this week I'm limping!
Best of luck to all my World Vision Team-mates in your races this weekend.
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October Mileage = 196.31 Miles