Monday, 20 June 2011

Running, running.

I'm doing two runs this summer, then, it turns out. The Great North 10K and the Great North Run. Yikes.

Having just spent a Friday at the Great North Swim witnessing C complete a 2 mile open water slog in lake Windermere, I am actually looking forward to the sheer event of a 'Great North [something]' and being involved in the collective effort. I am very nervous, though, about both - but especially the half marathon. The furthest I've run so far is about 11K, and I need to at least double that distance in three months. And in my barefoot running shoes, which my poor achey foot bones are still adjusting to, really. Cripes.

Does anyone have any tips for avoiding blood blisters on the bottoms of toes?

Anyway, in the meantime, I'd really appreciate if you'd sponsor my efforts. I know running two may seem a bit greedy, but they are for two very good and deserving causes, quite apart from my suffering feet: Scope (for all the times, as a kid, I used the horrendous words 'spaz' or 'spacker' as an insult, without realising where they came from) and the Alzheimer's Society (because so many people are affected by this ravaging disease - and I loved the recent drama Exile). Perhaps you could split the usual amount you'd sponsor between the two? Every penny counts.

Great North 10K
Great North Run

Thank you! xx

1 comment:

  1. Hey Sophie, I also get blood blisters and simply thinking about it during the event loses my concentration and demotivates me. A good way to decrease (not totally avoid blood blisters) is to recheck your form on a cusioned treadmill like this - livestrong lspro2. I went to a local sports therapy that favors running and they recorded my running to see if there are areas to minimize the friction on the toes. I simply had to land a little more on my sole and 'push' less on my toes. Not sure if this is making any sense.

    Are you a pronator?

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