Long Run Update and a Question For You All

>> Wednesday, April 23, 2008

(Note: There are NO really gross photos in this post. Promise.)

So I took a proactive approach to my nasty foot blisters on my long run this past weekend. I had planned to go 17, and it turned out to be probably more like 17.4 miles. First, to get ready for the run, I invested in a Fuel Belt:

I suddenly felt like SUCH A RUNNER with that thing on. It really did the trick throughout the run, but it moved around a bit when everything was still quite full and heavy. I’m a fan.

I went to Running Room on Grand Ave, and I talked to the lady who worked there for ideas on keeping my toes in better shape. She recommended Body Glide on my toes. And these things called Toe Caps. Here’s my left foot smeared in Body Glide, with the middle toe capped with a Toe Cap:

It’s like a mini toe condom!

And you know what? After 17.4 miles, my feet looked great! See?...

So here was my hilly, hilly loop along the Mississippi:

And my pace was strong. I ran the 17.4 run in 2:05:21. That’s a pace of 7:12 / mile average. And THAT pace is good enough to get me to break 3:10 in a marathon. Let’s see if I can hang on to that pace for a bit longer.....

In other news, I just “won” a Rudy Project aero helmet with my BfitBay Challenge. Here’s how the beast looks:

What? I always wear a nice shirt when biking.

Now, here’s the question: Should I try out this helmet this weekend at my first duathlon of the year? See, I’m not a fast biker, so I’m afraid that I’ll look like a poser if I get passed while wearing a sweet, sweet helmet. At the same time, it IS the first duathlon of the season in our area, so it’s a good time to try out new things for the upcoming season. Right? What do you think? Wear? Or no wear?


Unknown 10:47 PM, April 23, 2008  

Wear it. Maybe it will force you to go faster to keep from looking like such a poser. You know, kinda setting the bar a little higher. Yep, definitely wear it.

Unknown 11:04 PM, April 23, 2008  

Wear it, you earned it.

Its funny you posted about your feet today. This afternoon, I popped a big juicy blister on my foot and thought, what would Steve do? The answer of course was post a picture on my blog.... but I forgot until now.

21stCenturyMom 11:31 PM, April 23, 2008  

Well duh! You should wear the helmet on the run because you are super fast on the run and it will make you go faster!

MissAllycat 11:53 PM, April 23, 2008  

Hmmmmm...I am intrigued by the toe caps. I may have to hit up the Running Room and invest in some myself...

Borsch 12:30 AM, April 24, 2008  

I vote....WEAR! You might be able to finish before me then. Lol.

Wedgie 2:42 AM, April 24, 2008  

Well of COURSE you wear it. But there seems to be a lot of wide-open white spaces on the helmet which seem to be begging for stickers. Smiley faces will do, but I bet you could find something at your local CVS. (Or buy plain sticker-paper and print your own!)

TriGirl Thea 4:00 AM, April 24, 2008  


who cares what anyone else thinks

Dan Seifring aka "OBRATS" 6:28 AM, April 24, 2008  

Dude you wear tighty whities in running races.

You should wear the helmet and if anyone laughs at you while passing you on the bike you can just laugh back when you smoke them in the run.

Born To Endure 6:58 AM, April 24, 2008  

Yes yes..wear the helmet..my gosh when have you ever worried what others thought?? :-)

Triseverance 7:01 AM, April 24, 2008  

Congrats on the new helmet, supposedly they improve your aerodymanics quite a bit. But my take is I better be fast before i don one of those things.

Nice toe condoms.

Jamie 7:07 AM, April 24, 2008  

Wear it. Just keep it on during the run too. I'll make you an even faster runner.

Trust me.

Anonymous,  7:40 AM, April 24, 2008  

Wear it - but make sure you put the straps inside the side fairings, not over them like in the photo - or you WILL look like a poser ;-)

Mendy 8:06 AM, April 24, 2008  

I agree with the others. I'd wear it. It looks sweet too!

Just got caught up on your blog. Wow, what a race report of the dough nut run. I'd be puking all over the place. You held it together great and to finish first. Wow.

The toe pictures... ummmm... thanks for sharing.... seriously, the toe guards were cool. Never seen those.

CoachLiz 8:08 AM, April 24, 2008  


I had not even noticed what Joseph pointed out. Yes, in the photo, you look like a poser. Wear it with your lucky underpants, new Fuel Belt (love mine!) and the straps outside the fairing and proceed to kick everyone's butt in the race and then we will see who is laughing.

Anonymous,  8:29 AM, April 24, 2008  

Wear it. Anyone who would dare think you a poser is just jealous, anyway.

Marcy 8:42 AM, April 24, 2008  

Dude it looks like you have a bottle of urine on that belt :P

Wear it!

sRod 8:57 AM, April 24, 2008  

Wear it. 90% of life is presentation.

People will think "that is one sick helmet, he must be fast." And if they pass you, they'll think "oh man, if that guy with the sick helmet is having a rough time, I should probably slow down too."

xt4 8:59 AM, April 24, 2008  

You MUST wear the astronaut hat! I just got one too, you know, and I'm wearing mine at every available opportunity. And I don't just mean racing. To the grocery store, visiting neighbors, while walking the dog. My whole day goes much faster being so aero.

SWTrigal 9:20 AM, April 24, 2008  

Toe caps-I will need to invest in those! Also, I have one of those helmets and if I waited until I was "fast" to use it, it would still be in the shelf! It is all about the coolness factor, don't you know?

KodaFit 9:35 AM, April 24, 2008  

It's all about the intimidation factor. As long as you're not wearing basketball shorts, and you can keep your speed above 15mph. I think you could pull it off.

As for the running - I tried running in my helmet at a race over the weekend - I would probably not recommend that!

Anonymous,  10:00 AM, April 24, 2008  

I say wear it!

Thanks for the toe condom idea...my pinkie toe needs some protection ;)

libgyrl 10:14 AM, April 24, 2008  

Seriously, Steve, for distance running there is nothing like Body Glide. I started using it on my toes after a my first marathon 1 cm diameter blood blisters and have never gone back....

Jumper 2.0 11:13 AM, April 24, 2008  

Am I doing something wrong? I have yet to get anything even resembling a blister anywhere on my feet! Maybe it's something for greater than 15 miles so a part of my near future.

Wear the helmet!

Theoutofshapeguy 12:12 PM, April 24, 2008  

Wear it on the run with your lucky nut huggers. No one will be laughing.

I hated wearing my fuel belt when I first got it. But after running/walking/ hobbling the chicago marathon this past year, I will never do another race without it.

Bill Carter 12:30 PM, April 24, 2008  

Hi Steve

Dude, that helmet looks so fast that I've just got to say it is a winner! BTW, I love the new tech race shirt your sporting... SWEET!

duchossois 12:36 PM, April 24, 2008  

I've not tried the toe caps, but that's because what I've been doing is working well. I keep my toe nails trimmed, and slather my toes in Vaseline. Its inexpensive, readily available.

GoBigGreen 1:00 PM, April 24, 2008  

Biker julia says "wear it," you get a skinsuit too and you are totally aero. You just feel fast..I always forget to put my eyepiece down, oops.
good luck.

bigmike600 2:39 PM, April 24, 2008  

Wear that funky helmet white boy...(sung to the music of play that funky music white boy):)

Smithposts... 3:13 PM, April 24, 2008  

I am a big fan of Body Glide, use it on my heels when backpacking. It definitely keeps the blisters at bay.

As for the helmet, it looks very battle worthy! Wear it!

SM 4:11 PM, April 24, 2008  

I say wear it. I am sure others will be trying new stuff also. Glad to hear that your toes faired well during your long run.

Ryan 5:17 PM, April 24, 2008  

I have really big toes.

Do you think I could get by using a trojan vs a toe cap? ;)

Wear the helmet! You're an Ironman.

Unknown 5:56 PM, April 24, 2008  

Of course you wear it. Why have something like that if you are not going to use it...and who give a %&#$ what anyone else thinks about it, anyway. You are a triathlete. You think shaving your legs and parading around in Spandex is ok. How is that helmet going to make you any more weird??

Brian 9:07 PM, April 24, 2008  

body glide rocks. I live by that stuff. I go through them so fast. I pretty much lather it up thoughout any part of my body that might chafe.

I also have the fuel belt. Works great for the long runs.

Unknown 9:53 PM, April 24, 2008  

Wear it!!

I'm feeling left out b/c no blisters. But I think the toe cap thingy is a good idea.

ShirleyPerly 5:03 AM, April 25, 2008  

Absolutely, wear it! Nothing like the fear of being labeled a poser to make you want to go faster ;-)

Fizzgig 10:12 AM, April 25, 2008  

meep meep. That helmet looks like the roadrunner. Maybe youll go as fast!!!! Toe caps. Interesting! 17 miles. Good grief! I only do 20 a week. I like a challenge. uhhh. yea. lol. That's awesome!

triguyjt 5:33 PM, April 26, 2008  

ohhh my god.. toe bras!!!

love that helmet--have fun with it in the duathlon

Dana 1:04 PM, April 27, 2008  

I say wear it as well.

Jeff 3:45 PM, April 27, 2008  

Have you ever tried Blister Shield for your feet? It's made by the same guys that make Body Glide (Two Toms -- that's the mfg of Glide and Blister Shield. 10 points if you can guess the first name of the guys that make the stuff. But I digress. . .) I use it on long runs and have never had a problem. Got it at my local running store.

Bill 8:40 PM, April 28, 2008  

Toss the toe caps. Injinji socks are the way to go!

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