>> Wednesday, June 08, 2011
Yesterday morning I had my last "long" run before the Liberty Olympic Tri on Saturday. I wanted to go out for about 7-8 miles. (Last year at this time, I was running long runs of around 10 miles, but I'll get a bit more into that tomorrow...)
It was HOT and I could feel the heat zapping away some of my speed. I kept thinking "My legs aren't tired. My breathing is OK. Sure, my feet are a little sore, but why am I running this slow?" I attributed it to the heat. It was 85 and humid during my morning run. That's not CRAZY hot, but being 4 out of my last 5 races were in chilly weather (wearing long sleeves) during a MN winter that just would not end, it was quite a shock.
When I got home, I snapped a sweaty photo:
Attractive. I'm glad I posted this.
Then, when I went to take the heel-lifts out of my running shoes to put them in the shoes I was going to wear for the day, something ELSE flew out of my shoe:
I had done it again.
If you've been reading my blog for a few years, you'll remember a half Ironman that I did in 2008 where I thought I had a big blister forming at the end of my big toe only to find out that there was a cat toy in my shoe for the entire 13.1 mile run. Here's a photo of THAT cat toy after I pulled it out post-race:
When I hopped into the shower just before class, I actually screamed when the water hit my toe. I spent 5 minutes showering with my left foot at the far end of the tub, trying to keep it dry and pain-free. Here's how it looked 8 hours later after class:
p.s. You've got through tonight to go to my post from Saturday to enter the TYR Swim Bag giveaway! You just need to leave a comment on THAT post to be entered. The winner will be announced tomorrow morning. Thanks!