OOH! for me, that's a LOOONG way!

This morning I completed my last long run before I do my big 14K funrun on 10 August - it was 15 ks - and included 3 big hills. I actually signed up for this run in the very early days of C25k - when I seemed to be running everything at 8 mins per klm. I then proceeded on to run my first Parkruns at 8 mins per klm - so I thought that this would be a good pace to aim for across the 14 klm. So, all of my "longruns" ( which started at 6klms) have all been run at 8 mins per klm. So, today I did the 15k at an average 7mins 50 secs per klm :) - that should get me across the line in under 2 hours.

For some reason lately, on these longruns (and only on them) , I have started to get "numb" toes . I thought it was because of the winter - but it was even worst today and wasn't too cold. Even more strange is that the problem only lasted for about 3 klms of the run ( between 5 and 8) and then went away????

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  • Weird about the toes Bazza. Your shoes aren't too tight are they? 15K is a bloomin' long way, so well done m'dear. You're going to cruise that fun run, although at 14k long, I'm not entirely sure the word 'fun' should be in the title. :) You should be so proud of yourself, you've made such great progress. Good luck x

  • I have NIKE shoes - and they are renowned for being tight width-wise - I have played around with the lacings and they feel OK to me ( although next shoes I get , I will look at NEW BALANCE as they are the only ones here with variable widths) - but you would think that if the shoe didn't fit , it would be for the whole run, not just a little bit of it???

  • Wow! That's some run there Bazza... well done! And the benefits of regular running using your technique is a 10 sec/km increase in speed (almost 2 minutes quicker over 10K)...

    With regards to the toes - and I'm no expert here but friends have had similar issues... their laces were too tight and as the feet swell during the run the nerves get a bit compressed between your toes.... probably down to the shoes being a bit tight as you warm up... I try to leave with slightly loose laces as pretty soon my feet swell up a bit and feel in the gap... :)

    All the best for your "fun" run - sounds like it's going to be an awesome event and I look forward to hearing about it here!

  • I think there are makers of running shoes with variable widths, not just Nike. Brooks and Mizuno do various widths I reckon. I tried some Mizuno recently and they were very wide in the toe box and that was just their standard width.

    On my race Baz I noticed lots of folks wearing New Balance

  • Trouble is - my understanding is that our market here is too small for the manufacturers to provide a full service - and as far as I know New Balance are the only ones to provide extra width shoes here.

  • Well done on the long run Bazza - very impressed!

    I have a pair of New Balnce wide fitting and find them great - they weren't even my most expensive pair. I think Mizuno also normally come up quite wise.

  • I have experienced something similar on my long runs ( I foolishly signed up to a half marathon in September). I've had it happen with different makes of trainer - while annoying, it didn't 't seem to be doing any damage, so I just ran through it. Good luck with your fun run !

  • yes- I agree that it really only comes into the "annoying " category - I started to get it at around 5k, at 8K I was starting to think that I would at least have to stop and remove my shoes or something, at 9Klms it was gone!!! ???

  • Well done Bazza, I am sure your fun run will be amazing, looking forward to the race report :)

  • Hi Bazza, like you I have experienced our smaller market here in Oz.....I have a narrow foot, but when I was having a fitting in Athletes Foot, they told me to avoid New Balance as they are quite wide. So New Balance maybe worth trying, also Brookes are quite wide. I'm told that elastic laces are quite good, although I have no experience of them.

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