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This Rookie’s Ramblings, (Krysten, #5): My WilbraRun

by Krysten on March 11, 2013 · 15 comments

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Happy Monday, runners & readers-

Holy smokes, can you believe the weather we have had this weekend? I trust many VT adventures were had and hope that your running shorts made their way out of the closet. I’m thinking of heading to Saint Mikes or UVM for “leg day” in a couple of weeks. Always a fun time. If you read last week’s post and were concerned by my poor running performance, I am happy to report that I am back on the training train. Choo choo!

Spring break, while not as relaxing as I had hoped, allowed for more flexibility in scheduling my midweek runs. As a busy person and a slow runner, not having to rush to, on, and from the run totally upped the enjoyment factor of training. It was complete me time and I appreciated…ready for this…every mile of it. My right ankle has been feeling stiff and hurts when I touch a certain part of it, but it didn’t bother me at all while actually running. I can handle that stiuation for now, but plan to pay close attention to any developments.

I traveled home to Wilbraham, MA this past weekend for a relative’s baptism. Greek Orthodox baptisms are wild! The child is dunked into a tub of (blessed) water, and goodness that part always makes me squirm. Baby Brooke was a champion and totally nailed the whole thing; the only time she cried was when she was being dressed. I had planned to run afterwards, but overate at the restaurant post-ceremony and decided to save my long run for the following day.

Twelve miles. I was very nervous about this distance, most likely because it was the most challenging training run I had last year while prepping for half of the VCM. The sun was shining and I felt strong, so I tried to let go of my last 12 miler and roll with it. After leaving the house, I realized I should probably head back and  grab some sunglasses. I made it to the end of my street before realizing how cold my hands were, and called my dad (who was back at home) to see if he’d be willing to bring my gloves to me. In the process of whipping my new fancy phone from my hydration companion Nate, I dropped my glasses and stomped on them.

Nate & my broken shades

With squinty eyes and warm hands, I made my way through the center of Wilbraham and on towards Hampden, its sister town. This run brought me back in time and forced me to think about places and homes where I have spent many days. I ran by a middle school friend’s barn, and laughed about the time we ate Nerd Ropes and she showed me her mummified cat on the second floor. I passed another friend’s home, whose trampoline made the most comfortable star gazing spot. The town recently built a new high school, and while I passed the land where both the old stood and new stands, I didn’t get the same feeling in my sappy high school heart.

Never thought I'd run past this thing!

In June of 2011, two tornadoes touched down in Wilbraham. I haven’t spent enough time home since then to really wrap my head around the damage or the way that the town has changed. While a lot of the run was spent in a happy place, I couldn’t help but feel blown away by the drastic difference in the landscape.

So remember how cool and caring my dad is? He was a bit nervous about his hazard of a daughter running around the town, and decided to check in on me. He also saw that I had left one of my GU’s in the kitchen, and worried that I had meant to bring it along. I decided to bring just one with me, and took in about 3/4 of an orange flavored glob of a pouch between miles 7 and 8. Bobby F was also concerned about the “S curves” I was heading towards. After offering me a ride, encouraging that I choose another path, refilling my water bottle (I drank almost two bottles full…this seems like too much), taking my long sleeve and forcing me to take it back (just in case), he was on his way. I felt pretty lucky to be around my family this weekend.

Twelve miles came and went pretty quickly. Maybe not if you’re thinking of time in the traditional sense…like with a clock…but it felt nice and smooth and very manageable. I was happy to take my sneakers off when it was over, and am wondering if it’s time to get some new ones.

Gross alert: post-run puppies

I’ve had my Saucony Hurricane 14′s since March of last year. Part of me is curious if new sneakers will help with the blistering, while most of me feels as though any “long” distance will create superficial foot discomfort. They make me feel a little tough, and as long as they don’t hinder my ability to walk comfortably, I am proud of my rough puppies.

After guzzling another glass of water and inhaling a delicious, dad-made sandwich, I hustled around the house and put things together before my trip back north. And, oh my goodness, I smelled terrible. After being insulted by each of my family members about my stench, I showered and continued gathering my things. My mother, in her effort to be caring, loaded up two huge bags with things from the pantry my family “thought I could use”, i.e. things they don’t want, and pushed them in my direction. Can you handle all of this love? It turned out to be a really nice weekend on all fronts, and I was happy to spend time with my family.

The family at Katie's high school graduation in May

I hope to carry my training momentum with me through this upcoming week, and continue using the time running to clear my head and take care of myself. So how about this, running community? Why don’t you get out there and treat yo’ self. Take some you time, find your way outside, and get those stems moving. I’m thinking of joining one of the organized run groups for my long run this weekend, and am looking forward to meeting some new people…and the bagels at the end. Thanks for reading and enjoy your week!

Respect those bodies,


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leandre 1 leandre March 11, 2013 at 7:49 am

So happy you had a great run, Krysten! I do think it is worth looking in to new shoes… You’ll hear different numbers, a decent rule of thumb is to replace your shoes every 300-400 miles. My guess is that you’ve managed to run at least 25 miles a month in the last year, so they’re due…and most certainly will be by race time, which is NOT when you want to break in a new pair. At the very least, you may want to try running in socks made of two thin layers; the fabric rubs against fabric, rather than against you. They made a world of difference for me to reduce blistering.

2 Susan March 11, 2013 at 12:44 pm

You are due for new shoes, no doubt about it. Head over to Green Mountain Rehab and get fitted for a new pair. Get two if you can afford, and alternate wearing them.

3 Robin March 11, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Yes to new shoes. I have two pair that I alternate between. The one pair I’ve had for awhile and I always get blisters with them on runs longer than about 5 miles, so I save them for my easy recovery runs. The other pair I just got about a month ago. I’ve run several double digit runs in them and don’t get blisters. Socks do make a difference as well.

4 Jameson March 11, 2013 at 1:36 pm

I had a foot fetish until I saw those feet. You really are a runner now. Keep up the good work, I just bought new shoes but refuse to run in them in case I get them dirty. Am I a 14 year old girl?

5 christa March 11, 2013 at 4:35 pm

Get some new shoes lady!! Also good socks, no cotton!! I like smartwool or darn tough. And I’m like Jameson, I don’t like to get my new shoes dirty. If it’s muddy, I’ll run in my older ones :)

6 Rebecca March 11, 2013 at 9:17 pm

Hi Krysten! I, too, live in Wilbraham and know the streets you ran so well. Wilbraham is a great town to train in with all of the nice flat terrain and hills if you so choose. I started running 7 years ago in order to run the VCM (I met my husband when we both lived in Burlington and he was an undergrad at UVM so we have strong ties to the area), first in a 5-person team and then the past 3 years as a 2-person team along with my husband. We are extremely sad that our luck ran out this year and we did not get a team. :( We love the VCM, you will have so much fun! Best of luck with your training and in the race.

7 Rich K March 11, 2013 at 9:45 pm


Socks, socks, socks!!! There are lots of great running socks out there. Save your shoe money. Start with a good pair of socks ($15ish). The feet you’ll save will be your own.

Good luck!

8 brad March 12, 2013 at 5:05 am

That Parks & Rec snippet made my day!! Definitely treat yo self to some Darn Tough socks. I have had the same pair for nearly 10 years (and many, many miles) and they’re just like new…meanwhile other socks have come and gone. Best $15 you’ll ever spend. I actually just spent about $50 on three pairs of socks…which sounds stupid until ten years from now when I have four pairs of Darn Tough socks in the drawer. Happy trails!

9 Krysten March 12, 2013 at 8:25 am

Thanks, everyone! The weird thing is, I WAS wearing Darn Tough socks! This is leading me to think that it is merely the distance or that I need to get my bum over to a shoe shop. Running 10 miles 2x over the past few weeks has roughed a couple spots, but this was the first time the blisters were pronounced. I think I will grab a couple pairs of socks and see how my current sneaks hold up this weekend.

10 Lrem March 12, 2013 at 9:52 am

Meg Dulude bought me the best running socks ever. I forget the name, but ask her! Also, my favorite goo is the chocolate one, it tastes like brownie mix. It’s my treat for myself when I hit that mile that is hard and need the energy. Also recommend sports beans.

11 Meredith March 12, 2013 at 10:00 am

You are so funny. Keep up the good work, Judy!!! xo

12 Erik March 12, 2013 at 11:55 am

I was having trouble with blisters and blood blisters at the 10-14 mi distance. I met an old timer at a conference in Framingham, MA last week who ran a bunch of marathons “back in the day”. He told me to put Vaseline on my feet. I know, sounds gross. On Sunday I tried it out. I ran my first 16 miler. No problems at all. My feet weren’t even slimy by the end of the run. I had on Darn Tough sock too.
Good luck and keep it up. VCM will be my 1st marathon, too!

13 Daddio March 13, 2013 at 9:52 am

It was so nice to have you home for the weekend! Can’t help but be concerned about you. Sounds like solid advice to get some new sneaks. Remember there is a spray available which is supposed to help prevent those blisters. Keep up the great work!

14 DAVEKVT March 16, 2013 at 6:53 pm

Wet cotton socks take on the consistency of sandpaper. The surgeon general should have a warning to never run a distance race in them. Body Glide on the hotspots on your feet is a bit less gross than vaseline, but wool or synthetics are a requirement.

Best of luck to you and realize you can do everything right and still get blown away by weather or whatever on race day. Every race is a learning experience and a gift. Enjoy!

15 Rick Burns March 29, 2013 at 9:40 pm

You should be snowboarding to cross train, it is not to late. It has been an epic season.

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