When I started writing this post, I tried to come up with a catchy title for about a minute before it occurred to me that you can’t sugar coat a bad habit. It is what it is. At the karate school I use to teach at, we would say “Good habits are hard to make but easy to live with; bad habits are easy to make but hard to live with.” That’s a bit too long for a title, but I think it serves as a great lead in to this important topic.
Some bad habits are known to you, others might be things you have never thought of but do anyway, some are things you are neglecting to do, but they all have one thing in common: they make you slower.
Lucky for you, I don’t have any pictures of the blister that I battled for nearly 3 weeks, but, as you can gather from the 3 month-aftermath photo, this was a blister for the ages, and I learned a lot about blister protection and healing while dealing with it.
This particular blister, like most of the ones runners get on their feet, was caused by friction between the back of my heel, sock and heel back of my shoe. I simply didn’t have my shoe tied well enough while doing a long run on a pretty hot and humid day. The result was, after that first run, just a small, single pocketed blister directly on the back of my heel.
Common wisdom is to leave the blister intact and let it heal; the liquid inside the blister is protective and will be absorbed once there is new skin. However, as I discovered, a blister on the heel will be extremely painful if left alone because of the pressure from the sock and shoe. If you plan on continuing to run, leaving the blister intact may be impossible.
I have 4 kids; and, in this day and age, that means a lot of standardized tests. Over the years, I have come to realize that many of the questions on these tests are all about “learning to take a test.” You know the ones I am talking about: “All of the above are true except,” and “A, B and C but not D,” or “none of the above except.” You simply have to learn to do questions like this. You may understand all the material, you may be able to talk about main ideas and solve all the problems, but you have to learn to handle the structure of these questions.
Racing is a lot like that. You have to learn to race. You may be fast, have great form, be full of dedication, and all those things you need to get to the finish line, but if you don’t learn to race, you will never get to the line first.
During the off season, a little vacation here and there isn’t going to mess with your running schedule, but a vacation in the midst of long distance race training is another story. Most marathon and half marathon training plans place high emphasis on the long run and consistent mileage that builds throughout the 12-20 week plan. Taking a week off or skipping a long run can have serious consequences for performance; thus, it is important to plan to run during a vacation.
There are a lot of services out there now to aid a traveling runner including hotels that provide gear and routes, apps that will find local routes, and even running groups that cater to out of town guests. I hope to touch on all of these in future blog posts; however, today I want to focus on one aspect of running while on vacation: WHAT TO PACK!
With slogans like this, how can this product be wrong???
Nathan Lock Laces can be purchased for seven dollars or less, but they can change your running and parenting forever in a few installation moments. The laces are elastic and come with an adjustable feed and lock device that keeps them as snug or loose as you would like:
You really will never have to tie your shoes again.