I walk really slow.
I didn’t realize how slow until fairly recently. Whenever I walk with other people, I am a few steps behind.
So what though, right? I mean, I run fast so I am allowed to walk slow. At least that’s how I explain it.
I hate walking. Ask me to run? No problem. Tell me I need to walk from the car through a shopping center or even worse, from my car with my beach belongings including a chair to the sand?
Forget it. I am tired just thinking about it.
Notice how far I am from the ocean? I couldn’t walk anymore.
Saturday turned out to be not much of a beach day but I was there after my long run anyway with one of my favorite friends.
Everyone, this is Dina. Dina, this is everyone…
I totally told her to wave to you and she respected the need for the photo even though she rarely reads the blog but how can we fault her, she is the friend with the last blackberry in America which means she is behind on things.
Now, since she is one of my favorite people, I gave her the opportunity to try Pure Barre for free on Friday.
For the rest of the summer, Fridays at Pure Barre are considered “Free Friend Friday” which allows me to bring a friend for a trial class.
I hadn’t planned on going to Pure Barre two days in a row but she wanted to go and I am sucker when it comes to free things and doing nice things for my friends.
I actually did really well in the class considering I had not only attended class both Tuesday and Thursday BUT had also run a few miles Friday morning before the class.
However, I wasn’t sore at all nor were any of my muscles tired or fatigued more than usual.
In fact, I swear to you that overall I feel better than ever; all stretched out, limber, loose and balanced.
Don’t ask me exactly what balanced means in the above sentence, it just seems to make sense to use the word but I don’t know why.
My issue right now though is my new running shoes which is exactly why I never talk or rave about a new pair of sneakers too soon.
Similar to when you are dating someone new. You never jump to say things are all sunshine and unicorns. Of course it might seem that way but it takes some time to really see, you know?
Anyway, the first few runs in the Adidas Adistar Boosts seemed lovely. Until Saturday’s long run.
I felt the bottoms of my big toes burning. Hot spots on the forefoot they seem to call it, at least that’s what my google searches produced when I tried to find others possibly having the same issues as me.
You know you are insane when you are spending your time reading running shoe forums.
It felt as though my calluses were all gone from the bottoms of my feet and I haven’t had a pedicure in two weeks which was well before I began testing out these sneakers.
Ever try Essie’s Play Date? Love the purples.
I felt the burning on the bottoms of my toes I think from the beginning of the run but it was worse in the last few miles.
I wanted to stop. But I didn’t.
I realized my stopping was more mental than anything else. My toes were burning a bit, yes, but I knew I could finish out another twenty minutes.
I convert miles to minutes when a run starts to feel endless.
A little over two miles sounds like a lot until you say, “What’s another twenty minutes?”
Everything else felt fine so I just wouldn’t allow myself to stop and felt that for mental purposes, I needed to continue.
I thought of Janae who finished a marathon with burning feet (a side effect of so much pool running softening all of her calluses) and how her sister jumped into the race to run the last five miles in flip-flops to get her to the finish line.
If someone can run in flip-flops, I can certainly run in super fancy cushioned and foamed Adidas sneakers for two more miles.
I don’t really know what I will do now about the shoes. My feet were fine since taking them off and I am kind of afraid to put them back on.
I have a few more days to return them. I may try them again or pop back over to Runner’s Edge to tell them the problem to see what they think and if they can perhaps recommend a different shoe.
Or maybe I will go back to the Energy Boost which has been updated to the Boost 2.0 with a touch more support to the heel which I do need but I still think I need some more in the arch support.
I hate when this happens. I hate when I swear by a running shoe and then try to wear a different one, become unhappy and confuse myself.
This is why I never order anything different in my favorite restaurants.
Seriously, it’s bad enough when running shoes disappoint me, I am not about to have a meal upset me too.
I will never deviate from my favorite salad at The Cheesecake Factory. Lots of onion strings Saturday night which made me happy since they really tie the entire salad together.
Sometimes I deviate on the chocolate cakes but no matter which one I choose I know I will be satisfied.
Have you tried Linda’s Fudge Cake? You should. Just not when you go with me unless you are ordering your own slice.
So my plan this week is to take Pure Barre classes on Tuesday and Thursday but last night I decided I wanted to go this morning. I just love how I feel after the class, it’s really terrific.
I guess everyone else feels the same way I do since the only class time I can make this morning is full which means I have been added to the wait list.
That’s one thing about Pure Barre- you need to sign up in advance to secure your spot, especially if it is a popular class time.
I think I would have heard by now if there was an opening for me so maybe I will try the sneakers again instead.
Have a terrific Monday!
Are you a fast or slow walker?
What mental tricks do you use in order to get through tough or long runs?
Best thing you ate all weekend?