Longtime runners advise to “do nothing new” on race day. No new shoes, no new foods or drinks, no new clothes, no new deodorants, sunscreens, blister protection salves or anything that can otherwise irritate your body, internally or externally.
But I decided to make the classic rookie “mistake” of wearing new shoes in a race, and it turned out to be a very good decision.
My Reeboks had been giving me blisters on the tips of my toes and the outsides of my smallest toes on my long (double digit miles) runs.
I finally decided to find another pair of minimalist shoes and fell in love with the super-flexible, super-comfortable Nike Free 5.0, which also features a hidden spot under the insole for a Nike+ shoe pod. The shoe pod measures footfalls and links with my Nike+ watch to track the distance of a run, even if I were running on a treadmill. (The Nike+ watch relies on GPS to track distance.) ...