The training begins once again. And once again my shoes are bothering me. What’s up with that? It’s the same shoes that I wore in Anchorage for the marathon and I had no problem with them.
It‘s my left foot and I did get a few rocks in my shoes last Friday, during our trail walk. I remember that I found a large hole in the heel of that left foot sock afterwards, and I had to throw that pair away. Apparently I must have damaged my heel slightly and so I need to get some padding for it before it gets worse. This morning, even with a bandage, I had blood on my sock afterwards.
OK, it was just a 6.25 mile walk and at a 12.8 minute/mile pace. But I felt like it was slow motion. I had no “oomph!” at all. I had no breathing problems and I wasn’t even sweating that much. And the shoe problems weren’t the reason for the slow time. Whatever it was, I need to work it out and get on with the training. The Portland and Susanville marathons are up next!
Have you ever thought about walking a marathon? Just a vague and fleeting thought? If so, then you need to read 26.2: Marathon Stories. I get charged up every time I pick up the book and read a little bit of it. This is a book that I will read and read…over and again. True, it’s about running and the author neglects the racewalkers altogether, while including wheelchair participants. But that’s OK; the book is more about the experience than it is on technique.