Reading this thread makes me realize how much I've missed and like this little group.
I left for Philadelphia last Friday evening in between two cells of a thunderstorm. I left my house at 4:30 and my head hit the pillow in Philly at 2:00 AM after pumping and dumping in my hotel room. (I hate travelling without dd and dh but pumpin'-n-dumpin' makes it so much worse.) Came back from Philly late Tuesday evening; home from work on Wed and too busy yesterday to get a post up so here it is Friday and I'm checking in.
Update for the week of May 17 -- I ran 5.2 miles on Sunday, 4 miles Wednesday and 4 miles on Saturday (on the treadmill at the hotel in Philly - yuk but I did it).
I skipped Sunday in Philly because I needed to catch up on sleep. But, I then found out where I could safely run in the city so I ran about 4.3 miles on Monday morning and 5.3 miles on Tuesday morning. The Tuesday run included running up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art which were made famous in the first Rocky film (see Rocky on the steps here - that's just how the view looks for real
If I can run tomorrow, then I'll have 4 runs in this week.
SS - you can definitely run 10k -- good luck!!!
Geo -- comments on strollers in races -- I would avoid running with the stroller especially since the 10k is a run/walk. That means you will likely need to try to get around walkers (unless the organizers actually separate you out) which is the problem I had in my race in April. It was such a pain. But, I did enjoy the accomplishment of running with dd. I doubt I'll do it again because of the problem with the walkers. But, there were 12,000 people in my race so maybe it won't be as bad for yours. Just my $.02
My second race (the 10 miler) is coming up sooner than I think. And, I just found out that I'll be out of town for work for another 5 days in June but this time I'm going to Mexico and won't be able to run there. I need to really start doing some long runs (7-8 miles) to get ready but I think I need new shoes. Maybe this weekend if I can find some on sale. Dh is going to the Indy 500 so I can easily sneak in some shopping on Sunday - hee hee.
RE: foot problems and running -- most runners I know have nasty feet. Often the problem is black toenails. One friend said she buys shoes a half or whole size bigger than normal so that her toes don't pound the end of the shoe when running and therefore her toes don't get black. I've always had ugly feet from years of cramming my feet into pointe shoes in ballet class so I actually think mine look pretty ok now. At least running doesn't cover the tops of my toes with calluses -
I did have a nasty corn on the bottom of my foot for most of the spring until I got serious about getting rid of it. I had had corns between my toes before but never on the bottom of my foot but that's what it was. Anyway, I second the soaking your foot recommendation for the blister. Hot water and soap can do amazing things.
kerc - I've heard that grandmas is a good marathon. Flat and scenic. Are you going to do it?
Well, that's enough of a book for this week. Happy running everyone!