Friday night, I got back on the trail, and ran the Greenway for the first time in weeks. I’d taken two weeks off after Gasparilla with a terrible cold, and after my escapades in Chattanooga last weekend, I gave myself another week off to heal my blisters. I’d been itching to go run, and it was time.
Strapping on my Hoka’s, I headed off to the trail. I knew I wasn’t going for speed, this was just to clear my head, and comfort my soul. And run, I did. (And Yoda, I am, apparently.) It was glorious out there, and I pushed through, running most of my familiar 5K course, and only walking a bit.
But once again, the toe box on my right foot starting impacting my “Tulsa toe,” and I found myself finishing with some discomfort on my right foot, and a little post-blister party on the bottom of my left foot. To say I was unhappy is an understatement.
Yesterday, I trekked off to Fleet Feet to talk with them about new shoes. I’d had no issues whatsoever with blisters until I went to the Hoka’s, and I was beginning to believe they just didn’t fit my feet or style correctly. That’s a crying shame, as I really love the cushion they provide! I explained what had been going on since November’s trip to Tulsa, and the look on my shoe fitter’s face told me that I was likely guessing right. I had a shoe fit issue.
She brought out a couple of pairs of Nike Vomero’s, which is what I’d run in since I started this craziness four years ago, along with a pair of New Balance 1080’s. I ran a little in each, and came home with the New Balance shoes. We’ll see how those work over longer, real distances.
I mentioned that I needed to comfort my soul with a run. On Tuesday, cancer took another life close to me — this time, a wonderful co-worker, and guy just three months younger than me. Yesterday, Darla and I went to the visitation for him. I’m just sick over this, and it brings up all the “how’d I escape?” questions from the muck inside me. That’s an answer I’ll never know, but I know that I can run, and as long as I can run, I’ll continue to raise money for fighting cancer.
This race benefitted the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.