As a new runner, I am constantly learning new things, discovering new things, buying new things, etc related to running. However, today I had the opportunity to try out 3 new things in one day. Woo-hoo.
First let me say that I have only ran about 4 miles in the last two weeks because I am still recovering from my foot injury, which by the way I decided was a Stone Bruise (which I guess is the same thing as a deep bone contusion, as diagnosed by the doctor). I believe I know exactly where it happened and I am not going to run that path anymore.
Anyway, my foot is still healing and today was my first run of any distance so I took it slow, 4 1/2 miles at about a 10 min pace. This run counted as my Freakishly Flexible 5K run. It felt good to be back out running, and my foot only bothered me slightly the last half of the run.
The New Stuff.
My wife surprised me by getting me this water bottle/fuel belt for Valentine's Day. I wore it during my run today and it worked perfect. Thanks sweetie! (I know you read my blog). I really think she got me this so she wouldn't be embarrassed by me wearing my fanny pack anymore.
The second new thing I tried was these shoes. This past week I got some New Balance shoes in the mail to try out as part of the New Balance Wear Test program. Today was my first chance to try them out. I was instructed to specifically pay attention to the sole of the shoe, which works out great because with my foot injury that is exactly what I am paying attention to. They felt really good today and I look forward to running in them more over the next couple of months.
Finally, thanks to my friend Adam, I finally broke down and bought some stretchy running pants. These are Starter brand from Wal Mart, only like $15-20, and they kept me nice and warm today. Okay, it's Wal Mart, but I'm glad I didn't have to spend $60-70 and they work fine.
With my foot injury I also tried out some Molefoam padding on the ball of my foot, and it works okay, although I didn't wear any on my run today. If you have calluses on your feet, I would recommend the Molefoam.
But there is another new thing I have a question about, if anyone has advice...
I've been considering getting insoles for my running shoes, to give extra shock absorption and padding for the bottom of my feet. Does anyone use insoles? Do they really work? Any recommended brands?