Of the year, of course.
Since I’ll be running the Blue Ridge Marathon April 24th, I figured maybe I should start thinking about adding some long runs into the routine. Obviously the mega mileage Lydiard-style training is out the window, what with only two months left, so my plan is now to run one long run (at least 15 miles) a week. Anything else, whatever I feel like.
So today I stayed in town and ran around the local hills, lapping by the house for beverages and layer removal. I ran the first lap with Princess Sun Chip, the new dog. It was chilly, so I wore socks (cotton). They worked great, and my feet were warm enough to take the socks off after dropping off the carpet fragrance enhancer (that would be Sunny). I did a lap that included a freshly rocked path, which required me to hike. The wife kept me company for the last couple miles to the tracks and back. 16.7 miles, and the feet feel great.
But who cares about how they feel. How do they look?
And how, pray tell, do I clean these feet? Why, with Charlie’s Soap, of course. If your local retailer doesn’t carry it, handcuff yourself to the counter until they do. Here are the results:
No speedwork, just peak foot maintenance pace. I took Simon and Garfunkel’s advice (my go-to guys for all running issues):
Slow down, you go too fast
You’ve got to make the moment last
Kicking around, the cobblestones.
Doo da doo doo, feelin groovy
No, I didn’t need to include the lyrics. I just wanted to make sure the song goes through your head for the rest of the day.
Oh, and if there are any podiatrists out there, let me know if you see anything wrong with my feet.