My "long" run yesterday was everything I could have asked for. The weather was beautiful (for an unusually hot May morning), the skies were a beautiful shade of blue, the park was busy but not overly crowded.
And I ran!
I stuck to my training plan (and the advice from my PT) and began with a 5 minute walk. Then I did my 3/2 intervals like a good girl. I watched my pace carefully and that was a good thing because my legs wanted to fly! I haven't run at the park in ages, so I was able to run with music. That combination (music and being at the park) made for a body that want to run free - picture a little kid running nekkid with arms flailing behind him screaming, "WHEEEEEEE!" and you'll get an idea of what I felt like yesterday! LOL
So I watched my pace carefully, and was a very good Runner Girl. I am proud of myself. I did my 10 minute cool-down walk and stretched and went home to roll and yoga.
When I got home and got my shoes off, I noticed that the blister I've been battling on my right heel was much bigger. I had a bit of free time yesterday afternoon and ran over to Big Peach Running Company and begged for advice. They checked my shoe fit and it seems like it's fine. I was instructed to drain it and apply neosporin, try some blister pads, and also a wicking sock. I did the draining and neosporin yesterday and it already looks much, much better today. Tomorrow I think I am going to wear my other shoes (not the stability ones but the Brooks Launch ones I got to try out but never really had a chance to do it) and let my heel have a little extra break. Then I'll try the new socks, etc. on Thursday's run. Or maybe I'd better do it the opposite way in case my heel needs a break before my next long run. Hmmm... that might make more sense. I hope this will take care of it - I can't afford to buy another new pair of shoes right now. But I also can't deal with nasty blisters! Grrr.
I'm looking forward to another 4 miler next Saturday... this week I add another interval to both of my daily runs! Exciting!!! And then the following week I reach a major milestone in training - FIVE miles!! WOOHOO! I simply can't wait! :)