Just Call Me “Sandy”

>> Thursday, August 07, 2008

So my running shoes filled with sand from cheering on the beaches of Lake Michigan during Saturday’s half Ironman (note the photos in the last 2 posts that show us walking 2 miles in sand at the start, and then cheering at the sandy finish). When we got home this past weekend, I cleaned them out REAL well.

It wasn’t good enough.

I went for an 8 mile tempo run last night (in 54:04 - 6:46/mile) in those shoes. When I was done and took them off, my socks were covered in fine sand. When I took off my socks, my feet were covered in sand too! All that sandy-sandpaper action against my toes took it’s toll, and I was left with a nice blood blister:

I figured it had been a while since I’ve had a “gross foot photo” on my blog, so it was about time.


Marcy 8:33 AM, August 07, 2008  

That's not that bad. It kinda looks like a hickey :P

Steve Stenzel 8:37 AM, August 07, 2008  

Yeah Marcy, Pharmie just LOVES to suck on my toes...

Lisa 9:02 AM, August 07, 2008  

I can hardly even break 7 for ONE mile! 6:46 over 8? I'm incredi-impressed!

Also... ouch for your toe!

chia 9:04 AM, August 07, 2008  

Damn you be swift :-). Sorry about your tootsies! Michigan has a way of chafin' the life out of peeps ;-).

Runner Leana 9:31 AM, August 07, 2008  

I need to remember not to have a mouthfull of breakfast when I read your blog, lol! Take care of that toe. Holy smokes, impressive pace on that run!

Mnowac 10:06 AM, August 07, 2008  

ugh, those are the worst!

Amytrigirl (aka Amybee) 11:43 AM, August 07, 2008  

It must be FEET WEEK (not to be confused with the Navy's version in NYC....)

You, Nat (MN Runner) and I all have feet fotos on our blogs!

The things we do for training...

Anonymous,  12:44 PM, August 07, 2008  

We did Steelhead in 06 and 07 and each year we brought home a sandbox from that race.

That is one of the reasons why we didn't do that race this year. But, the transition area was over in the sandy/grassy area in 07 and that was terrible, there was sand inside your bike shoes, socks, running shoes, helmet, etc. My hubby even had sand in his bike shorts while riding...ouch!

And you will continue to find sand in places that you will have no idea how it got there.

I've wanted to tell you that I love your yellow shorts - 'the bowl full of sunshine' and that they are.

Those damn things can never be thrown out. Once you do retire them, you have to have them matted/framed. Classic :)

:) 1:05 PM, August 07, 2008  



Rachel 1:22 PM, August 07, 2008  

In my best little kid voice..."yucky!"

Hope you come out of the sand dunes otherwise known as your shoes sometime soon.

Michele 1:42 PM, August 07, 2008  

Awesome run, Mr. Speedy.
And Ouch, looks like that toe hurts

Jess 1:51 PM, August 07, 2008  

Ack! I swear it's like an eyeball glaring at me!

Trishie 2:35 PM, August 07, 2008  

1. great run.
2. ow to the toe.
3. thanks for the comment!
4. I love lists.

ShirleyPerly 3:01 PM, August 07, 2008  

Thank you, Steve. I'd been missing seeing a gross foot photo, LOL.

IronGambit 3:36 PM, August 07, 2008  

it's not gross, but it is funny! :)

Kelly 3:48 PM, August 07, 2008  

Mm, yum. I'll be having some nightmares about that toe tonight.

Sara 3:57 PM, August 07, 2008  

I think the blood blister is punishment from all of us slow runners since you are so speedy! We are subconsciously trying to slow you down! Seriously...congrats, you are running so well lately!

Catherine 4:36 PM, August 07, 2008  

Steve, I found your blog from your comment on mine and it's an absolute hoot. I've really enjoyed reading the posts from the last year and am looking forward to reading about how you became an Ironman. BTW, I love your eating habits, I made reference to them on my latest post about the Cool Night Run. Keep up the great stories.

teacherwoman 4:37 PM, August 07, 2008  

Gross. But, not the worst I've seen on your blog! :) That was a speedy run for sure!

Mike 7:59 PM, August 07, 2008  

Gross ... but not really up to your usual standards. Could do better :) haha

Sonia 8:19 PM, August 07, 2008  

Pretty gross indeed... I think I remember you from a post I read a while ago that you let your cats lick the salt out of you after a run or ride.... that's also pretty gross lol

Brian 8:38 PM, August 07, 2008  

yea, i was really missing gross foot / toe photos. thanks for keeping it real

TRI TO BE FUNNY 5:03 AM, August 08, 2008  

I like how you just breeze over the whole 6:46 tempo run pace!!

Anonymous,  9:34 AM, August 08, 2008  

You should see the blister foot pics from Badwater. ;)


I think it looks like a hickey, too.

So you're an Ironman? We have five or six in my local running club; one of them is our former Prez, Cassandra Langley.

Congrats on finishing a full Ironman! That's on my "Someday To Do" List, which is different from the "To Do" List that I am actually working on right now at this moment; the "Someday" list is more like a "To Do List for Procrastinators" [rolling eyes]

Happy trails,

Connie :)

Jade Lady 8:14 PM, August 09, 2008  

I've missed seeing your blisters! Thanks for making my day.

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