Ok, so after a month or so of semi forced layoff -- a stress fracture will do that to you -- I ran for the very first time last night. 5 miles on the treadmill, 8:30 miles. Felt sooooo easy at first, but then harder at the end. I was definitely winded at the end.
Since I had not run in a while, I naturally went out to buy some gear to get myself motivated. One suggestion from doctor and others was that it wasn't a stress fracture at all; rather, the laces on my shoes were rubbing at an odd place. I previously used the Gel Kayano 16's which have this offset lacing that goes across the bridge of the foot. There is apparently a nerve that runs along that metatarsal and can become inflamed and irritated. Ok, so I need new shoes. And, I managed to lose/misplace/intentionally forget to keep headphones in a safe spot. Ok, I need new headphones.
First, the headphones. We have a new winner: BEST RUNNING HEADPHONES. The Sennheiser CX 680. No contest, game is over. Nothing is even in same league. I previously reviewed headphones here (I actually omitted the reviews of the headphones I didn't like -- and there are a lot of them.). I reluctantly concluded that the orange twist in ear Sennheiser were the best. I even sent Sennheiser a lengthy email with my thoughts, concerns and suggestions. I got a semi-coherent response that was frankly a little disappointing after all of the thought and energy that went into telling them what I thought of their products. Imagine my shock, then, when I saw a new design in an airport store -- co-branded with Adidas. Oooh, I had to have them. But, they were $119! So, I passed then. But I kept thinking about them, and I bought them yesterday, albeit for less (but still expensive; so my recommendation comes with the "spare no expense" caveat: they are great if you don't care about cost; the Porsche of running headphones, if you will.) After a day of use, I have concluded that they took my email, went to R&D and solved every single problem I had. You know, like the Windows 7 commercials, where various people take credit for Windows 7? I am taking credit for the CX 680. Sound great and stay in place.
And the new shoes? I went lighter. New Balance 905's. They are a vibrant neon yellow/green, so I better be fast in them (I can;t stand people with flashy gear who aren't serious). They are exceptionally light, much lighter than the Kayanos. I'll post more as I break them in. And, I ordered a pair of Saucony Hurricane 12's also at the suggestion of a friend. (I had to buy two pairs of shoes.) I'll post my thoughts later.
But anyways, given the title of my last post (from the Aeneid), I went with another Roman proverb: all journeys begin with a single step. That was my run last night, the first step back.
I have missed all my bloggy friends, but felt so out of touch because I have not been running or training. It is like reading about a club that I used to belong to. But, alas, I am back.