I think I did it again!
I talked about shoes in my first blog entry. There were seven or eight pairs of running shoes in that post. Towards the end of my post, I promised myself that there will be a moratorium on buying shoes this year. I tried being true to my promise but ooops I think I broke it.
Lets go back the week of my 1st ultra trail run. So there I was, feeling unprepared for the run. I started carboloading, eating a lot of bananas, and eating pickles to prepare. I kept telling myself that I will be able to do it (hence the earlier post) and posted a lot of stuff in my facebook wall. I also bought sunblock, a long sleeved running shirt and this headwear thing to protect myself from the heat.
Shopping I guess is how I cope with the anxiety. I noticed that I have bought a lot of things that week. My last stop was energy gel and sports drink shopping. A Runner’s Circle has this buy 3 take 1 on the enegry gel thing every Friday so I went there for the gel.
I never thought that I’d go home with another gel. An Asics Gel Noosa Tri 6! It was love at first sight. When I saw it on the shelve, I immediately smiled and I know I just had to try it on. I was a bit dismayed that the one on the shelves was the last pair and that it was half a size bigger than my usual shoe size.
I just had to try it on so I did and it was a perfect fit! it turned out that there was a mistake in labelling somewhere. Looking at the shoe I am wearing, I knew that I have to go home with it. So I bought the shoe!
“Consider it a reward for finishing your 1st ultra distance.” That was how I made myself feel ok with the purchase. And so i went home happy with the shoe with no excuse not finishing the ultra trail run the next day.
I did finish the ultra 57K trail run in 8 hours, 34 minutes, 40 seconds. I deserved the beautiful shoes I bought. I wore it for the first time in a Pikermi last Sunday and it was great. No discomfort anywhere all throughout the race. Not to mention the attention it is getting from fellow runners.
I am so happy!