Tuesday, April 10, 2012

My shoes are trying to kill me

I've succumbed to the fact that I will be run:walking this half marathon in five days. Considering everything going on, I'm okay with that.

Eye on the prize!

During yesterday's run it was apparent that I am in desperate need of new running shoes. I've been putting it off because, well, they cost money. But with two races coming up, I need shoes that won't tear up my feet. My current shoes only have about 250 miles on them, but two days in a row of running 5–6 miles and I'm on the verge of many blisters. I'm thinking I didn't choose my current shoes very wisely. Looks like I'll be heading to the running store on Wednesday.

Speaking of running shoes, am I the only one who has a problem with one foot being smaller (and therefore rubbing more in my shoes) than the other? My left foot is the red-headed stepchild of feet. Little bastard.
You thought I'd be nice to your feet? HA!

Last night Alyssa mentioned to me that after she totally blows me out of the water and finishes a half Ironman in May, she wants to do more ab work. She has this completely insane idea that I have nice abs and said she's going to need some tips. Since I don't actually have amazing abs (My stomach is really the part of me I'm most self conscious about. And my nose. But I'm not rich enough to do anything about that.), and I really need to work on my core strength, we decided that, starting May 22, we're going to start an ab/core program. I actually really hate doing ab work. I know what to do and how to do it, but the act of actually doing it? Doesn't appeal to me in the least.

This would be so much easier.

So anyhow, look for us in the Best Abs of 2013 magazine.

How many miles do you put on your running shoes before they start feeling like they need to be replaced?

What's your favorite ab or core exercise?


  1. I don't actually keep track of the mileage on my shoes but I think it's usually 300-500 miles before I replace them. If you're getting new ones, though, it might not be a good idea to race in them, you need to break those suckers in first!

  2. Blisters don't kill you, they make you a stronger runner. True story.

    One of my feet is a whole size smaller. I get blisters too. There isn't anything you can do about it. Other than man up.

  3. I want in on the core work!

    Actually, I need to man up and do some sort of regular strength training in general. Or get that tattoo. I am a disaster.

  4. usually I go 6 months, I try to get them about 50 miles before the next race. I don't notice I need them, until I got to the sports MD and he says "you need shoes". I blister over 5 miles, always. I get padded socks and use body glide like crazy. But, I still don't really consider myself a runner. I'm trying though.

  5. No one has perfectly symmetrical feet. It just depends on how noticeably different your feet are. My left is a half size bigger than my right, but I usually don't have blister issues. Usually. I usually get 350 miles on a pair before the heel pain starts, which is how I know I need new shoes.

  6. I don't usually get blister issues with my running shoes, usually the support at my metatarsals gives out first.

    I've always just run in them until it hurts, this is the first time I've been tracking miles on my shoes...so we'll see.

  7. Higher level skaters end up developing great core strength and find that they feel like they have just had a core workout after learning new jumps on the ice as they have to rely so much on their core workout. It isn't until you are quite advanced that your core strength REALLY starts to develop.