Saturday, February 13, 2010

How Stupid Would it be to....

Hi everyone! I have decided that I am going to attempt to run my scheduled half marathon tomorrow morning! My hip feels okay but my toes are still a little sore. I have a dilemma and need help deciding what to do. How stupid would it be for me to go and purchase new shoes today and run thirteen miles in them tomorrow for the first time? Would that be a bad idea? It sounds like a terrible idea to me! I just do not want a repeat of burning toes for the last six miles of this next half marathon. Let me say that the pain was almost as bad as giving birth!!! I do not want to go through that agin:) Does anyone have any thoughts on this?

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41 comments:

  1. The only time I ever tried it, it worked well for me. However, I have heard horror stories from friends who tried it. I DID buy the same brand and model. Best wishes for your half tomorrow!

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  2. Thank you Rrg98!! Have a great weekend:)

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  3. I don't know about the new shoe idea but husband wraps his toes with smooth athletic tape before his long runs to protect them from the rubbing. He has boney toes so this helps. He's been doing this for a long, long time! Maybe you could give it a test run?? Good luck on your race Julie. Perhaps this time it will feel shorter when you cross the finish line?? I hope so!
    meg

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  4. Hey, Julie! Glad to see you're gonna run. I know everyone says new shoes for a race are a BAD idea, but I'm with Rrg98, I've done it with success- ..BUT it was the same model of shoe I always wear. Good luck to you!!!!!

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  5. Go down to your local running store and try on some different models and see how they feel. Conventional wisdom says not to do this, but everyone is different. You might also consider different socks.

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  6. I don't think that's such a great idea. The last thing you need is to get a blister as you break in new shoes on a long run.

    Have a great time tomorrow, and good luck!

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  7. Being new at all this, I have no advice...but, good luck on your run :) Hope it goes smoothly!

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  8. oooh, don't have an answer either way, sorry. But just wanted to say comment and say good luck manana!

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  9. I'd say it's risky to run that far in brand-new shoes, unless it's the model you already wear. I'm not sure what the solution is. But I do wish you the best in your race, and I hope whatever you decide to do works well for you!

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  10. If I were you, I wouldn't buy new shoes the day before a half marathon. That's quite a distance for breaking in new kicks.

    Good luck tomorrow! Listen to your body and most importantly enjoy it!

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  11. I ran 17 the other day on new shoes. A hot spot or two now and then but otherwise all was fine. Everyone is different though so I have no real advice for ya except maybe try what Meg's husband does?? Tape and new shoes? Anyhooooo, have a super, great, fantastic, marvelous, and awesome 1/2 tomorrow - can't wait to hear all the details!!

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  12. Rule #1: Nothing new on race day
    Rule #2: Nothing new on race day
    Rule #3: Nothing new on race day
    Rule #4: Nothing new on race day
    Rule #5: Nothing new on race day

    Good luck tomorrow! Go for a PR!

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  13. If you are buying the same shoes - I wouldn't worry about it. Toes are a different thing altogether though. If all them are hurting on both feet, it is most likely shoe problem or you have put too many miles on the shoe. If they hurt like childbirth - the toes - I think I would pass on tomorrows event until you work out what the problem is. Remember all these events are voluntary and fun. It is not like your life or income is dependant on you doing them. If you don't feel your going to enjoy or have fun running the race - why do it?

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  14. Part of me agrees with the "nothing new on race day" mantra but have had success with limited new stuff too. As long as you go into the race with the right mindset (have fun, etc), enjoy the day. Remember, you get to do it, you don't have to do it!

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  15. No new shoes! Now, this rule can be bent ONLY if you have worn the new shoes in the past, meaning, you are familiar with the fit.
    I haven't been reading, what is wrong with the toes? Unrelated injury to the fall correct?
    I hope it goes well if you decide to run.
    G

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  16. Same or very similar model - no worries. But Meg's idea does not sound bad with the wrap on the toes. Maybe try both. Most shoes any more don't really have a "break in" period. They are made to run. Just my .02
    Good luck and run strong!
    S

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  17. I agree with Gregg - I wear the same brand/kind of shoes all the time, so I have no problem wearing new shoes the first time at a race or tough run. But if you are just going to try a new brand or model, I would be careful.

    Good luck at the race tomorrow!

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  18. Good luck Julie, you will do great!

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  19. I am having hip flexor issues with one week till race day but no matter what I am going to be on that road...run or walk...I will do it!!!

    Have fun and thanks for the link!

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  20. Good luck. It doesn't sound that bad to me if they are the same brand and kind you usually wear. Would it make the problem go away?

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  21. Hope your hips don't lie and that they feel good. :D

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  22. Hi, Julie. I can't wait to meet you too! I've decided to run the half, but slowly and just for fun as I ran 10.9 miles of the course today. It's slippery, so bring spikes if you're used to wearing them. See you in the AM! Renee

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  23. Good luck! I am sure you already made a decision, but I would go with your gut. Maybe thinner socks would help?

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  24. That's rough. I don't know, but I've run in a lot of shoes over the years and only came across one pair that was uncomfortable at first and needed to be broken in. Hope all goes well!

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  25. Hey Julie! Just trying to get caught up on all of my favorite blogs. I have one rule that I try and adhere to on race day. Try absolutely NOTHING new on the day of the race. You just don't know how it will turn out! Have you tried smart wool socks? I use those and never have any problems with blisters or any foot probs.

    I hope your race goes well! Can't wait to hear how it goes!

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  26. Ha, Julie! My legs are totally shot. I've been on them non-stop for two days. We have so many runners registered that I am STILL baking cookies!! Anyway, I will have a little goodie bag of cookies for you to take home with you, so be sure to not leave without getting them. :-)

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  27. Good luck tomorrow, Julie! I'm posting this too late for you to go and buy shoes or to not by shoes, so I'll just say that I hope whatever you decided works for you. I'll be thinking about you and I hope everything goes great!

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  28. If you buy the same type of shoes, I would not worry. I never break my shoes in. I rotate among 5-8 different types, though, so that helps. Good luck tomorrow!!!!

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  29. Lets hope that old addage is true "No pain No Gain" ! Have a great run!

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  30. Ever since I used Unpetroleum Jelly I have yet to experience any blister issue, new shoe or not, 10 miles or 50 miles. It is absolutely one of the best products I've ever applied in running. Good luck and have a great race!

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  31. Wow! By now I'm sure you've decided on shoes. My guess is that you went with "new". In any case, I'm sure you will do well! Have fun tomorrow! I can't wait to read how it goes.

    Also, I still need to know where to send your Giveaway prize, girlie!! ;D sarajones3@gmail.com

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  32. I won't do a run that long in new shoes. Rather be careful. Also, with burning toes, have a look at what socks you use.

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  33. If you run, just try to have fun. Take it slow and if you feel you can't run proper then there is no shame in pulling out. Yet, if you feel you can do it, go for it. I will be thinking the best for you!

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  34. Hi, Julie. It was great to meet you today. And it was so thoughtful of you to bring me a sampling of your favorite TJ items. What a sweetheart you are. Can you send me an email so I have your email address? Thank you! (rsaxman@charter.net)

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  35. Julie,

    It was great meeting you today. All 7 of us that came from the St Cloud Area enjoyed our day so much. We often mentioned on the way home how fun it is to meet new running friends at these types of outings. Maybe I can talk you into running our Lake Wobegon Trail Marathon in May. Check out www.scrr.org for details. If not, I look forward to seeing you at some other race.

    Best of luck to you always,

    Arvid Fristad
    aefristad@landolakes.com

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  36. How did it go?

    I'm late to weigh in, but I'd only wear brand new shoes in a half marathon if they were exactly the same as what i had been wearing. even then, i would probably think twice...

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  37. Well, I'm a little late to comment so, just like Lisa;

    How did it go???

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  38. Hope your race went well!

    I'm with the majority of the people above. If it's the same make and model of shoe that I have worn before, then *maybe*.

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  39. Wow, new shoes for a race. Brave, very brave. :)

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