I got a new pair of Saucony Triumph 6’s a week ago. I ran my intervals in them on Friday and they were fine, if a little stiff. Today I decided to do hills rather than speed work and headed down hill towards the course of the Four Courts Four Miler. The start for that race is just over a mile and a half from my house and by the time I got to the start, I couldn’t feel my feet. Yep, my feet went numb, especially the left one. I should have stopped at that point and loosened the laces, but I didn’t. Instead, I ran down the hill and then back up. The hill was not quite as challenging as I remembered (hard, but I managed to keep moving at a steady pace), but by the end, I found it really hard to pick up my pace as I was having trouble finding the ground.
I stopped at the top and loosened my laces and started back up. After another mile, I’d lost feeling again and stopped again to loosen the laces. This time, it didn’t help at all and I ran the rest of the way home very slowly, not really able to feel my foot, but at the same time feeling like I was about to lose my shoe. It was an extremely weird sensation! I stopped at the house and changed into my old mizunos. Ahh, much better. I did another three miles. Surprisingly, despite not being able to feel my left foot for much of the first six miles, I managed to do nine mile in 1:29:30. Go figure.
I’m hoping I can figure out a way to make the shoes work for at least short runs. I got them on clearance and they aren’t returnable. They feel just fine and they worked just fine on Friday, so I’m not sure what was up. At least it was an absolutely beautiful day out! I ran in a short sleeve shirt and capris for the first time in ages. As often happens here in the winter, it was sunny and gorgeous and there were still piles of snow on the ground. The unusual part was that the snow was from a month ago, rather than just days ago. Fingers crossed that spring is gonna stick around!