running naked ~ or 1 week ’til mickey

January 5, 2009 at 9:19 pm 1 comment

week of dec 28
total mileage 18
weeks until disney 1

sunday off

monday off

tuesday off

wednesday 5 miles ~ gornto
time 46:12

thursday off

friday 3.1 miles ~ neighborhood
time 25:19

saturday 10 miles ~ the way
time 1:35:41

asics gt-2130 old pair total mileage 455
asics gt-2130 new pair total mileage 199

this week was light. not only due to beginning my taper, but after last week’s 20-miler i ended up with a pretty good size blister on the side of my right foot that i needed to let heal. i’m not sure what caused it. likely one of two possibilities. neither which leave me happy.

some of you know that since i started running a couple years ago, i have worn the same pair of socks for every race i’ve ever run. they were part of a care package boston sent me to encourage me to keep running. i’m obsessive about wearing these socks to the point that when i ran my first 15k i wore them still damp in 38 degree weather after having to wash them race day morning. since i know they won’t last forever, i don’t wear them during weekly runs. but as my distance has increased, i’ve come to realize how additional miles can change the comfort of a specific clothing item and i knew i should see how they fare for more than their max 13.1 mile run.

i also had a small blister in the same place from a couple weeks prior. nothing major. but it bothered me and i ended up scrubbing off the skin leaving the spot prone to additional damage. i’m somewhat pedicure obsessed and i’ve held off from getting one lately simply to ensure i toughened up the tootsies. but that little blister bothered me and i didn’t even think about what i was doing until it was too late.  

so do i wear my socks come race day or do i err on the side of caution? i’ve never been one for believing in good luck charms or silly superstitions but this one holds my heart in ways that defy my logic.

as it is i’ve had to make a decision about my shoes and i’ve opted to wear my older ones even though i’ve pushed them past the point of their mileage. same make, same model yet my newer ones have never formed the same comfort fit. so with 455 miles on them, this marathon will be the old faithful’s final debut.

top it off with the fact i’m still undecided as to what i’m actually wearing. cool weather wear is pretty much set. warm … still questionable. and yes, one of the decisive factors is how i LOOK versus how i feel. sorry but vanity plays a role in my world even when i’m pushing my physical limits.

socks, shoes, shirts. superstition, comfort and style. of all the things to sit here stressing about, i can’t believe it’s my attire that is causing the most angst.

maybe i should just run the damn thing naked!

18 miles and a wardrobe malfunction closer to disney.





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new year timing mickey

1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. gr4c5  |  January 6, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    thanks for the laugh…i really needed it!


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the best of times

5k pr ~ 24:23
10k pr ~ 52:49
half marathon pr ~ 1:55:10
marathon pr ~ 4:10:41
half ironman pr ~ 5:57:50
50k pr ~ 5:33:23
50-mile pr ~ 11:32:39



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