FOMO realized

warning: this is going to be one of those venting / whining / personal-resolution blog posts.

The Saturday before last I was driving to and from the south of Illinois to pick up my oldest at the end of her summer session.  (Saturday is the group long run of the training week.)  The original plan was to make up my long run on Sunday; but my running partner was not feeling up to 12 miles back to back.  By the time this was all figured out the sun and humidity had risen to a very undesirable level and I settled for some speed work at a track near by.

The good news is that I noticed a faster pace during my subsequent weekly runs, the bad news is that the speed work and possibly the “give” of the track caused a large blister to develop at the back of my heel.  I noticed the discomfort but the the blister felt deep and fully encapsulated with skin so my internal direction was to wear socks with more cushion and continue with training.  Because I had just missed a long run the previous week and the next long run was a half marathon I was determined to stick to training and all was going well.

BAND-AID BLISTER GEL GUARDTraining went very well but after Tuesday’s run I decided I should add one of these wonderful gel bandages for good measure (these things really are heaven sent when it comes to shoe caused blisters); my blister was larger than the bandage.  I ran anyway on Thursday.  Despite the size of my sub-dermal blister I didn’t feel it much while running so I kept running.  After Thursday’s run I knew that there was a problem; not only was my blister no longer sub-dermal it had also burst.  I also noticed that the interior of my shoes had a tear in the fabric behind my heel.

The good news is that at the end of the day the store where I had purchased the shoes replaced them (I was sold a pair that was too small for running).  The bad news is that I now had a brand new pair of shoes (read NOT BROKEN IN) and a large blister the day before my first 13.1 mile long run.  I did my best to “break in” my new shoes by wearing them the night before the run.  Morning of I got up, got ready and headed to the lake.  Upon my arrival I took a quick and short jog and felt as if my new skin was tearing.  I came to the resolution that I could not run.  :(  Yesterday was an absolutely beautiful day, maybe a tiny bit warm but gorgeous!  Instead of running I volunteered to man the gear check for the team.  The worst part was being there as everyone came back and knowing that unlike all the other newbies, I had not run my first half marathon (in opposed to having a “now infected” patch of skin that would keep me from running, possibly walking, for a few more weeks).

first of many DeAnne, “first of many” I remind myself

Hiccups (injuries) during marathon training are par for the course and if a large blister is the worst thing that I will have to deal with I consider myself to be very blessed.  My current goal is to be ready to run next Saturday and to be back on track for the remainder of my training.

I am a large advocate of listening to my body, I always have been and I always will be.  What really sucks is that I can walk and possible run just fine, so long as I am wearing footwear that does not touch my heel . . . moving forward I will baby my feet a little more:

  • I will keep them moisturized (dry skin is more prone to friction blisters).
  • I will check the inside of my shoes for fabric tears (the fabric rolls up and creates hot spots that even cushioned socks cannot compensate for).
  • I will apply body glide to my feet before every run.

It’s almost funny how much I am missing running.  Two Saturday’s in a row with no long run and I’m experiencing some serious FOMO.  Next Saturday we have a charity “6k for Water” (3.72 miles) followed by a six+ mile training run for a total of ten which means no half for me until the mileage jumps to fifteen miles two weeks from now on August 12th; it sounds like a lot but I know that I’ll be okay even though my current longest run is ten miles.  I will continue to stick to the training schedule, STAY HYDRATED and will eat (fuel) responsibly.

My mind wants to do this and my body can do it!



. . . okay / not ok

As it turned out, I got a lemon of a watch.  Everything seemed to work fine with the exception of the HR monitor and after a day, multiple hard and soft resets I accepted the reality that a trip to BB was in order to exchange the watch.  However, heading to BB after Christmas for a return was not high on my list of things I really want to do so I wore the watch three more days sans a HR monitor.  (I’m here so we know that it’s working)

The running watch that I had functioned as a general fitness tracker, a sleep monitor and a smart watch, that is rather large albeit pretty comfortable: these are all pros.  The cons, besides the hardware issue were largely related to size, intuitive interface and MY reality that I won’t be running until spring and as of this moment I am committed to running a single marathon – but completely open to finding a new passion in the process.  So in truth I was sporting a huge smart watch that vibrated really hard with each notification. The size looks fine when wearing workout clothes; but going to work not so much. This would not have crossed my mind if I did not know that the new item I removed from the box did not work and that I had to go back to BB to make an exchange.

An exchange . . . what if I got a smartwatch that was a better smartwatch, a good fitness tracker and could still tell me my distance, pace and time once training season begins and would look better during the majority of my life when I am not wearing workout clothes?  Yeah, I was on to something and my months of research for the best running watch were spiraling as I started to look at other options and do my research.

I decided to switch things up and get an apple watch, it can do all the things that I was going to use my running watch for and all the bonus features that the running watch was not so great at.  There are people out there who will question it’s accuracy; I think that for my level of performance it will be just fine.  Then there is the battery life issue; because of my children I’ll always have my phone on me, I doubt I’ll listen to music while I run because I like to be aware of my surroundings and I don’t mind charging devices at night while I sleep, every night.  The one thing that it does not do it function as a sleep monitor, my Jawbone UP3 is actually great at that so I’m good.  This short paragraph took my brain a while to commit to, largely because I did not know BB’s return policy and they were not answering the phone when I would call and also the hesitant reviews from VERY SERIOUS runners who really do put that level of performance above all else.

So I make my decision (before getting to BB) and all I have to do now is pick a size and band . . . . I decided on the38mm because I have small wrists and the larger size was like a rectangle of what I was returning, the Nike+ version because that’s the best band for exercise and I’ll get a different band for everyday, then it came down to color.  Space Gray (black) or Silver.  My first choice was the Silver with Flat Silver & White band – out of stock, both sizes.  Okay, how about Silver with Flat Silver & Volt (neon yellow) band, I’m bold when it comes to color and this is pretty subtle?  First the guys looks at the larger size, I tell him no the smaller one, they have it – cool I can get it by the 30th, of December? yes, bet.  The exchange gets completed and I get home and open the email of the transaction:

Space Gray watch with Black & Volt band . . . .

SMH . . . I decided that’s fine, I like the Space Gray watch as well and this way it won’t look anything like the stainless (sliver) watch that I already own.  He got the size right but I can’t help but to think that the price difference didn’t steer him in the right direction.  Some time between now and pick-up I’ll get a second band; but not sight unseen, and not ordered, and not from BB – I’ll go straight to the mothership.