Running! If there's any activity happier, more exhilarating, more mourishing to the imagination, I can't think what it might be.
-Joyce Carol Oates via MilePost
I did my 16 mile run yesterday and (I don't know if people still say this, but) nailed it. Distance: 16:00 Pace: 10:15 Time: 2:43:59
For this point in my training I am digging those stats.
As discussed, I have to wear my Hokas for long runs right now because otherwise my calves ache something terrible and I think my ankle wouldn't last. The Hokas (by poor design IMO) are wicked narrow.I do not have wide feet. They give me blisters usually between my toes, but always on the inner foot outside the ball of my foot. I cut a small slit in the right one (my right foot is a bit bigger) at the pinkie toe, thinking it would at least give my toes some more room. I didn't have any blisters between my toes, so maybe that actually worked, even though it was a really slight modification.
Those little hotspots were killing me by mile 5. I had totally forgotten in making the mods about that part. I tightened them up a little so they couldn't rub as much and just stuck it out. I find that running in pain, especially something like blisters that you know isn't an injury and that won't really hurt you in the long run, is a great mental exercise. If I can run 11 miles through that, I can run 11 miles when I'm tired at the end of my marathon.
However, I refuse to have blisters in my marathon. I'm going to order some Altras to try for 30 days ("risk-free") and I hope they have the cushioning of the Hokas with the foot-shaped toe-box they are known for. My only concern is that they are zero-drop, which may not help my calves.
Today is a lot of errands and hopefully a bike ride if I don't get lazy!