After an amazing week exploring Portugal, I was eager to dive back into my training. I have a 5k on the horizon at the end of November, part of an annual running conference I attend, aptly named The Running Event (TRE). TRE is a smorgasbord of all things running – shoes, socks, fuel, recovery products, and every conceivable running gadget. It’s not uncommon to pass by professional runners, renowned authors, content creators, and industry giants at this event.
Each year, they organize a 5k, and let me tell you, the competition is fierce. No cash prizes, just the ultimate runner’s bragging rights. In recent years, the race was held on an actual Formula One racetrack outside of Austin – a lightning-fast course thanks to the abundance of speedy runners.
Last year, I clocked in at 17:05, which sadly, did not crack the top 30. However, I did achieve one of my goals by snagging the title of Top 3 Store Owner. This year, I’m setting my sights on breaking the 17:00 mark, a feat I’ve yet to achieve as a Masters Runner.
My plan was to reintroduce some speed work into my regimen after building a solid base with my trail miles. Unfortunately, my bunion had other plans. Since returning from our trip, it’s been causing me quite a bit of trouble. I managed to squeeze in three trail runs during my first week back, but none were particularly enjoyable. In hindsight, hitting the track might have been a better idea, but I was eager to catch up with friends and return to my routine. The rocky terrain and steep inclines only aggravated my already sore foot. Alongside my 30 miles on the trails (all in the Hoka Stonson 7 for its accommodating width), I spent two days on our rowing machine barefoot. It offered a chance to work out, but nothing quite compares to the benefits of running. It’s frustrating to have the desire to run but be hindered by the discomfort of getting a shoe on.
This entire experience reinforces why I opened Run Moore. Dealing with a bunion can be incredibly frustrating. Most of the time, it’s a benign, if unsightly, condition. Yet, once or twice a year, it flares up, causing considerable discomfort. Having the right footwear is paramount. I remember the pre-Run Moore days, struggling to find shoes that didn’t exacerbate the issue or wasting money on pairs I thought would help, only to find they made matters worse. Whether it’s a bunion, plantar fasciitis, or any number of other foot issues, we hope our shop can provide some relief!
Here’s to hoping my foot settles down, allowing me to reintroduce speedwork into my routine next week. Not only do I need to return to the track, but I’ve also got a few new shoes I’m eager to put to the test! Thanks for reading!