I'm continuing in building my running back up in preparation for the first week of October, which is when my marathon training officially begins.
I've been struggling with blisters on the arches of my feet anytime I run past 4 miles. I went up a half size in shoe after my half marathon last year and I think the shoes just rub differently.
Earlier this week I took my shoes in to a running store near my house and talked to a helpful gal about my problems. Her recommendation was to slather my feet in Body Glide because it sounded like a rubbing issue versus fit. This idea was thrown out to me on Twitter a while back but I guess I didn't pay enough attention to it. So I picked up some Body Glide as well as some Nuun since I've been wanting to try it for a while now.
I ran 7 miles this morning and it was amazing! I felt great and for the first time in months, blisters weren't an issue. By the end of these longer runs, I had skin rubbed raw. Blisters developed and then popped and it was gnarly. The Body Glide truly did the trick and is my new BFF.
My route was an out and back from my house. Miles 2-3.5 is a lot of uphill and then on the way back there are a few brief uphills, but mostly downhill. This isn't my favorite route to run, but is the easiest way to get more than 5 miles from my doorstep. It's always good for negative splits though. I controlled myself on the downhills so that I wasn't too speedy.
The last mile to my house is pretty flat and today I was so energized by the lack of blisters and the endorphins (and it was still cool) that I decided to push pretty hard on the last mile and see what happened. I wasn't paying much attention to my Garmin, just going by feel.
My last mile was 9:21, which is speedy for me. And I felt great! I was especially stoked to run that fast of a mile when I had just completed 6 before it.
I've been wanting to hit at least 20 miles for a week, but keep falling short. This week though, even if it means running a few miles everyday, that's my goal.