September 07, 2009

Big and Bad

My boys think this is nasty. I told Ringo, "I thought for sure it had popped during the race it hurt so damn bad..." and his reply was, "Mom, you'd have known. Look at this nasty thing. You'd have had a puddle in your shoe!"


He said he swears I have the ugliest feet he has ever seen. He was going over all my blisters and calouses and of course this one on the bottom of my foot, that he swears must hold a 1/4 cup of water, probably solidified my award.

The white part was started during last week's 5 mile run with a small pebble in my shoe. The part you see that is circled in black is the new part of the blister.

I am slated for an 8 mile run on Saturday. My event is over, but the other half of my team is running the Nike Women's in October in San Francisco. I'm still planning on doing the Marine Corps half at the beginning of Oct.

As my one reader said and a good friend of mine suggested, I am doing moleskin on Saturday. I'm just not sure how well it will work with a blister this size...


Bones took this picture for me. I was struggling as I'm not so bendy, especially not now.

I've slept a lot today. Yesterday I did push it too hard. I finished my race, had to check in with the TNT tent which was a hike, then catch a shuttle back to my car because I had to be checked out of the hotel by 1:00. I got there at 12:30, showered, packed and left... on time. I got to the airport, where I lugged my heavy bag from the car rental to the terminal through security, to my gate... and there were no wheels on the bag and it was HEAVY. Every couple minutes I had to switch hands.

I'd not eaten since 4AM, so I grabbed an overpriced airport sandwich and could only stomach half of it. I got in the plane to find myself seated next to a very chatty, but sweet, woman with serious OCD, something she admitted and expounded upon, profusely. She made the flight go fast.

Into Philly we arrived, where I had to lug the 30 lb bag from terminal to shuttle, to new terminal, to my final gate at the end, where I found myself with a case of the shakes, nausea, and a rumbling stomach... and it wasn't a good rumbling.

I absolutely felt like my body was breaking down.

I stayed hugging myself to keep warm. I got in the plane thankful I could only get a window, me preferring an aisle seat. As soon as I got the heavy bag situated, I put my head against the side of the plane, falling asleep for 40 minutes, finding us airborn.

I was fine after that.

Except I slept until 10 this morning and then slept from 1-3. That's not normal.

Yes, I'd do it again. I just need to keep better tabs on my personal limits. I nearly threw out the thought of doing the Jax Marine Corps Half... but today decided I'm probably going to do it.

I just have to get these blisters under control...

Posted by Boudicca at September 7, 2009 09:46 PM

I've been seeing a lot of articles on running barefoot lately. Thought you might find this article from Popular Mechanics of interest.

Hope you are healed and feeling better soon!

Posted by: Omnibus Driver at September 8, 2009 11:14 AM

Here's another article from today's Chicago Tribune. Hope this is helpful!

Posted by: Omnibus Driver at September 8, 2009 11:18 AM

That's some blister, Sister.

But you don't have what it takes to win an Ugly Feet Contest. I do. Even my podiatrist - a close personal friend! - once told me, "You know what your problem is? You have Monkey-Shit Feet."

Posted by: Elisson at September 8, 2009 02:22 PM

Come on up to Jax. You will add to my inspiration and determination.

Posted by: sticks at September 8, 2009 04:31 PM

Omnibus Driver- I don't know whether I should hate you or thank you. You have planted a seed. I have now read both articles... I'm doing research. THANK YOU!

Elisson- Well, today, I'd win. With all my peeling calouses, blisters, and I think maybe a toenail turning black, I think I'd win!

Sticks- I have your number if I didn't accidentally delete it. I'm hoping your doing the Marine Corps. I've been psyching myself out.

Posted by: Bou at September 8, 2009 06:14 PM

Yes, I am doing the Marine Corps Half Marathon here in Jacksonville on Oct. 3. I am already registered. I'd love to meet up with you again.

Posted by: sticks at September 8, 2009 06:27 PM

What a gross post to put a happy birthday or maybe it's perfect. Happy Birthday Bou!

Posted by: Morrigan at September 8, 2009 08:01 PM

... a birthday as well?..... happy birthday, Bou!.... heal up soon!....

Posted by: Eric at September 8, 2009 08:34 PM

Good Heavens is it your birthday???? HAPPY BIRTHDAY girl!

And thanks to Mo for letting us know. *grin*

Posted by: Teresa at September 8, 2009 09:02 PM

It is, it is. The big 44. I'm fully decked out in my new Gator gear. I'm going to Gator homecoming and they bought me stuff to wear to the game. My husband is an alumn. We want to see Tebow play, as this is his last year.

Posted by: Bou at September 8, 2009 09:41 PM

Happy belated birthday! Hope it was a great day for you. Are you soaking your feet in warm water & epsom salts? That will soothe the poor tootsies!

Posted by: Mary at September 8, 2009 11:12 PM

My feet are soooo more hideous than yours... when I get a camera again, I'll take some pics :)

Posted by: Graumagus at September 11, 2009 12:35 AM

It'll be a belated Bday present hehehe (BTW Happy Bday!)

Posted by: Graumagus at September 11, 2009 12:36 AM