Today I was able to do my first 5k in 4 weeks! I’m finally recovered from my peroneal tendon strain. But alas, I have new kicks —the Saucony Kinvara which are very lightweight and so far very comfortable. (And yes pretty!). I admit it—I don’t like changing my sneakers, however if there’s a design change and I get a blister or a tweak then I’m out. (Someone is going to have a very nice 3x worn pair of K-ona’s!) I’ve gone from beloved Asics (blister) to Misuno (blister) to K-Swiss (tendon strain) to Saucony over the past 15 years. I’m not one to stockpile as I like my shoes to be fresh (if that’s possible) and wonder if I just happened to get an accidental older pair of K-ona’s, thus making them not as soft and pliable? In any case, I can’t wear them again and am forced to move on.
It’s hard to change —it’s the fear of the unknown in anything that we change and sneakers are definitely a simple thing. Unfortunately a injury or blister is a blip that’s not necessarily pleasant, but the experience is always a lesson in patience. A few weeks of no running was very minor when you put it in perspective and left me with plenty of other things to do. My podiatrist thinks that I’ll be able to do the Eagleman without a planned DNF so long as I listen to my body. (She knows me and understands I’ll want to do the whole thing even though I can be good.)
Like any curve balls in a race, how do you deal with a blip when you think you’ve got it all dialed in?