9/17/2016 – 9 AM run, cloudy & cool, 18 miles easy in my minimal shoes
Three weeks ago, I got blisters from racing in my minimal shoes at the Annapolis Ten miler. The A-10 has functioned as a test run on my marathon fitness. Since that race, I made adjustments to my running form based on the feedback. But the concern remained whether I would be able to run a marathon with the minimal shoes.
So, I decided to test it today.
Couldn’t have test-run my sandals on a long run any better day than today. The weather is cloudy and cool. Occasional sun but overall very pleasant, in the 60-70 degrees. Ran the 18 miles on asphalt and sidewalks. No problem – no blister, no strained ankles, etc.
No question that I am tired. After three hours’ run my legs were tired and body was coated with salt from my sweat. But it is a feeling-good kind of tired. Prior to today, 10+ miles was the longest I have run in my sandals. Now I know I can wear them in the Harrisburg marathon. What a relief.