8 Miles – now with blister!

When last I wrote I had spent the day (Wednesday) traipsing through airports and the city of Pasadena in a pair of MFMs (moderate FMs and if you don’t know what FM stands for please don’t ask me – go ask your Mom) getting sore feet. Thursday I hit the road slightly late in the morning (pattern alert!) for an 8 mile run. It was harder than I thought it should be but not too bad. I didn’t bonk at the end so that was an improvement. I couldn’t quite keep the pace I wanted but it was okay.

I forgot to reset the Garmin after my track workout on Tuesday so the splits are a little odd but here they are:

Miles 1-4 in 42:38 (10:38/mi) [oops! I reset the Garmin at the turn-around point]
Mile 5 – 10:25
Mile 6 – 11:18
Mile 7 – 11:38
Mile 8 – 11:14

So that was predictable. I went out a little fast and couldn’t hold my pace. Of course it was about 95 degrees out by the time I started heading back and that didn’t help one bit.

The best part was the view I got when I took off my shoes and got a glimpse of pinky toe:

Nice! So I poked it with a pin, put on flip flops and went about my day. Later that afternoon it looked like this:

I can hear you all now – “EWWWWWWWWWW!!! Thanks for sharing!”

Sorry! 🙂

So I poked several holes in it, soaked it alcohol, left flip flops on all day and today I went swimming. I had to wear fins for back stroke and that smashed my blister but good so now it’s flat and impotent.

Tomorrow I’m putting 20 miles on that baby. If it flares up and kills me I’ll have to take the advice I have been giving to Jeanne in all caps over the last couple of weeks and just give it a rest.

I AM HOPING FOR A GOOD RUN!!! Oh please let me have a good run. It was 106 here today so I’m going out at 5:30 AM. Stay tuned……

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9 Responses to 8 Miles – now with blister!

  1. jeanne says:

    that is evil looking! now i see what i’ve been putting everyone else through…good luck today! (I’ve read and been told to leave blisters alone unless they are larger than a quarter. Who knew?)

  2. jeanne says:

    p.s. nice splits! now just reserve ’em!

  3. David says:

    I like your blister treatment. If I ever get one I’ll let the air out too. (yeah, I know; it’s more than air.)Knock down that 20, no matter how hard it is.

  4. Running Rabbit says:

    What in the world would posess you to poke it with a pin? Okay…I admit, I would have done the same thing. But ouch! Great 8 mile run though, was it worth it?

  5. Firefly's Running says:

    OWWWWWWW! I am thankful to not get one blister until the day of my marathon…where I got THREE. UGH! I agree with the airing of the blister…with a band-aid on it in case I would BUMP it. Awesome run!

  6. Firefly's Running says:

    OWWWWWWW! I am thankful to not get one blister until the day of my marathon…where I got THREE. UGH! I agree with the airing of the blister…with a band-aid on it in case I would BUMP it. Awesome run!

  7. Running by.... says:

    EWWWWWW and OWWWWW is right! That is just plain nasty. Today was A LOT cooler in our neck of the woods and I hope your 20 miler was a good one.

  8. Stefano says:

    Indeed a blister is the smallest problem that can happen to a runner. However EWWWWWWWWW poor friend of mine!!!! I hope you get well soon.

  9. susie says:

    Oh yeah. Ugly. I am SO glad I haven’t had to deal with blisters yet. Hope the run went well and you didn’t melt in the heat. I am still getting used to the VA humidity. 20? good for you!!

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