I taped my foot last night after a particularly noticeable ache in my foot all day. The good news is that with a little rest and care, it can go away. The bad news is that it comes back when stop being careful.
I ran Thursday without looking at my watch once. I ran it by effort and tried to maintain between a 60-70% push. I was happily surprised to see that despite the warm evening, I was still maintaining a sub-8 pace throughout the run. Splits: 7:39, 7:43, 7:37, 7:57, 7:51, 7:29
Yesterday, I was feeling pretty good after a day's rest, but I could tell my foot was having issues all day. At first, I was keeping it nice and easy. The humidity was only around 50% so it started out pleasant enough. But being around the creek and foliage must have created swamp-like conditions because I was quite literally dripping wet with sweat about a half mile into the run. I rapidly grew uncomfortable even though I was dressed appropriately and tied my 'fro back into a knot so it wouldn't slap against my back. My nice n' easy turned into get-this-done. Splits: 8:01, 7:52, 7:49, 7:36, 7:38
I am on my 2nd pair of the Brooks Pure Flow 2s and the narrower toe box is arguably aggravating my PF. Plus, the burrito-style lacing causes extra snugness unless I undo the lacing each time I go for a run. I'm not sure how I can go run for 16 miles but taking an extra 90 seconds to fix my shoes seems annoyingly difficult. I am hoping the 3s are a little wider in the toe box or else I might have to look at trying to get some 1s since I didn't have any issues with those.
I often find it funny how even though I'm so non-lazy when it comes to doing certain things (running, working, cooking), I can be soooooo lazy when it comes to other things. I do laundry as quickly as possible and though I'm type A about keeping my closet organized, I have broken a few too many hangers trying to shove things in there as quickly as possible. I will go running for a few hours and then stand in front of the refrigerator eating lettuce straight from the crisper because I'm too lazy to make a proper salad. Dump a few croutons in my mouth after the lettuce--it's all the same to me!