Scott and I drove to Monterey the day before the race to check out the sights, walk along Cannery Row and of course go to the Monterey Aquarium.
We checked-in at the Ramada in Marina, about 7 miles away from Monterey late in the afternoon and decided to have dinner at the Italian restaurant across the hotel as we’re both exhausted.
Back at the hotel, I started to prepare my running gear for tomorrow’s race at 7AM. I’m carpooling with other runner friends and we’re leaving the hotel at 5:20AM. So I need to make sure everything’s all set-up since we’re leaving very early in the morning.
To my horror, I discovered that I accidentally brought two right shoes! I cannot imagine why I would do that?! Although they’re similar in color, they’re not even the same brand just check out the photo below!
Panic sets in and I knew I had to buy new shoes pronto! But at 9:20PM, where can I buy a pair at that time? Checking Yelp, I realized that the local Target is still open till 10PM! Woohoo! I’ll buy a generic pair of shoes from Target, blisters be damned, as long as I can do my race tomorrow!
So, yes I broke Rule No. 1 of Running.
But what can I do? Do I run with two right shoes or choose from the other two pairs of footwear I brought with me, flip flops and tall boots? In the end, I’ve decided to risk the blisters and chaffing of a brand new pair of rubber shoes rather than cross the finish line with the other options.
Thanks to my $29.99 Target shoes, I was able to do the Big Sur Half Marathon. And I’m surprised that my feet came out of the battle without any wounds at all.
Everytime I tell family and friends about the two right shoes story it gets funnier and funnier but I do remember during the moment of discovery that all too familiar sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach. Glad that everything turned out well in the end.
Here’s a couple of screen grabbed photos from marathonfotos.com.
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