Boston Half Marathon 2008
Enjoyed a nice run on a spectacular Fall Sunday here in Boston! The air was crisp and sunlight poked through leaves in all hues of red and yellow! On this blessedly beautiful morning, everyone ended a winner!
I ran like on a careless stroll and did not check my watch till the race was over! Then, I wished I had run a bit faster! This half marathon was part of the taper before the upcoming Marine Corps Marathon (Washington DC) next Sunday (26th). This was not the time for heroics and my legs needed to rest after the 20-miler I did the previous week.
Big Foot Stories:
During this training season, my feet (toes and mid-foot) have been achy after long runs. Thinking it time to refresh my shoes, I ordered a new pair of the same type I have been wearing for three years: Brooks GTS 8 “Adrenaline.” Surprisingly, the new shoes appeared too snug and my foot still hurt after a short run.
I moaned and groaned about my shoe plight to my “Honorary Coach,” Mike Roche who owns the Boston Running Co, where I get all my shoes. BTW, Mike is an ex-US Olympian and specialized in the 10 miler.
He patiently listened and spurted quintessential gyaan: Arun, did you check your foot size lately? After a few marathons, feet do stretch and become bigger!
The last time my shoe size changed was in my early 20s, like two decades ago! But we checked anyway, and … lo and behold, my feet are now a whole size bigger!
He ordered size 10 Adrenalines and they came in on Friday. The shoes fitted well, but I felt odd wearing these monsters! With Mike agreeing, I decided to wear these for the half marathon on Sunday! I’d never recommend anyone wear a new pair of shoes for a big run, certainly not a whole size bigger shoe! But a full marathon was only two weeks away and I had to try this pair.
On Friday evening I ran a mile on the treadmill with the new shoes and fussed with the laces to get them right! And then, very tentatively, wore them for the half marathon! My friends thought I was crazy; I concurred, but it had to be done!
Once the race started, my mind focussed on all the other mechanics of running: my posture during the uphills, relaxing during the down hills, controlling my pace, enjoying the color show put on by the trees – and soon, completely forgot I had a new pair of shoes!
At the end, I celebrated! A great run and my new pair of shoes for my newly big feet!! These will carry me around Washington DC during the Marine Corps Marathon on the 26th! Yaay!
Its all in the shoes!
Run ARUN Run!
Previous Marathons and Half-Marathons
- Boston Half Marathon 2007
- Boston Marathon 2007
- Hyannis Half Marathon 2007
- Chicago Marathon 2006
- Boston Marathon 2006
- Boston’s Run to Remember Half Marathon 2006