Upon the advice of another runner-blogger, Sean Meissner, I stopped by Fleet Feet after Masters this afternoon to pick-up a Strassburg Sock in hopes that it may help alleviate my PF issues. I didn't expect to see him at the store but was delighted that he was. I have been following his blog for a little more than a year now so getting an opportunity to meet him left me as giddy as a kid in a candy store.
I couldn't quite remember the name of the sock so when the clerk asked, "How can I help you?" my immediate response was, "I'm in need of a sock of some sort." Sean and his colleague replied in stereo, "The Strassburg!" Sean's colleague helped me with a shoe insert and we discussed my arches briefly.
When I had worked up enough gumption, I asked, "Are you Sean?" He replied, "Yes! You must be Makita!" As a middle of the pack runner - I was delighted that he remembered! :D
He recently ran a 2:42:30 PR - winning the Spokane Marathon! He is now training for CIM in hopes of breaking 2:40 - I have every confidance that he will do just that!
I spent a little time asking questions of Sean and his colleague about training, running, and PF. I plan to come back soon for a gait analysis. I have so much to learn to break out of this plateau/funk. I hope to join the Fleet Feet crew for some group runs, too. I'm really looking forward to a new training cycle in January and hope to have a solid 30+ mile per week base established before then.
I now know 2 runners doing the CIM this year (Sean and GB)! I kinda wish I was, too.
OSN: 1100m warm-up (400m w/fins); 350m backstroke drill; 2 x 300m = 2050m
(Coach wasn't there today - so my lane took advantage of George's expertise on the backstroke and we had a backstroke clinic of sorts.)