April 19, 2009

Taper Week

I'm not really sure why I feel the need to taper this week in preparation for my first 50K at Chippewa... I've been tapering all winter :(

Got in an easy 7 miler at Afton yesterday by doing the Africa Loop and Back 40. I was planning to include Nigel's Hill and the Campground Hill, but was having a hot spot beginning at around 3 miles. WTF? Been running with this same shoe/sock combo for 2+ years, though I did experience a similar problem at In Yan Teopa a couple years back. Since I have several pairs of the same brand sock, they all look alike. Perhaps one of the socks has something a little funky with the toe seam that isn't a problem unless I've got that one particular sock on my right foot in trail shoes?

Anyhoo, I've been experimenting with Drymax Socks the last couple of months and I REALLY like them so far! Ordered more today from Zombie Runner (today is the last day for the 15% off coupon code EXTRAVAGANZA, and you can also get free shipping if you type "I want free shipping" in the customer comments box). Over the last couple of months I've gotten a few runs in from 14-20 miles with no problems what-so-ever in the Drymax trail socks, and they supposedly keep your feet much drier than other brands. I'll keep you posted!

Hope to share the trail with many of you at Chippewa next weekend!


Mike W said...

Don't worry you will figure out the shoes and socks by Saturday. At least that's what I keep telling myself. Chippewa should be fun. It's a great first 50k. Enjoy it.

Wayne said...

Shoot, I just ordered from Zombie Runner and got the 15% off, but didn't read far enough in the email to see I could get free shipping too.

Have a great week, see you Sat.

Runnin-From-The-Law said...

Take it easy this week. Can't wait to hear how you do Saturday!

SteveQ said...

Taper? What is this taper of which you speak?

I find I get hot spots if I run faster than usual, so maybe you're just speeding up!