This is different than choosing to take a day off or being too lazy to lace up.
This is wanting to run and knowing it would be a bad idea to do so. And it’s the worst.
I apologize if this is icky, but it’s a dark reality of running. I have a blister, or rather, I had a blister. But then I went for a run and that simple blister became a very angry blister. I tried to push through, bandage up, and go out for a run on Saturday. I made it exactly .17 miles and called it quits. Ow.
I had to skip my 11-mile run on Sunday and I decided it was safer just to skip tonight as well. I want to make sure everything is healed up because the last thing I need 3 weeks before my first half marathon is a sore foot.
But it was a hard few days to take off. The weather has finally been showing signs of accepting that it’s Spring, with temperatures in the low 70s and sunny –absolutely gorgeous. At least I was able to make it out Sunday for a mocha latte in the park.
My main takeaway from this experience is to not let injuries, or even minor inconveniences, get to the point where you are forced to take a day off. I should have taken precautions to make sure these blisters either didn’t happen or, at least, that they didn’t get worse. Lesson learned.
On my next run, I will:
- Switch to my new pair of shoes
- Put some Vaseline on my foot to prevent bad rubbing
- Wear the correct socks
- Use some reliable blister bandaging
When it comes to your health, even the little things should be taken seriously and cared for.