Bashed up knee.
Cut on thumb.
It looks worse than it is and I should be 100% ready for Sunday’s marathon. I am actually more worried about my toes than any injuries from this fall.
Remember Comrades 2011…? This is my toe afterwards.
I blamed this on the shoes I wore on the day and I am sure I was right to do so. Many years ago (somewhere in the 1990's) I had some toe problems as well. I switched from Nike Pegasus to Nike Air Max and the problems disappeared. Over time shoes have changed and I ended back in Nike Pegasus a few years ago. I need a shoe with mega toe space and front foot support.
My Nike Pegasus 29.Not enough toe space and front foot support for ultra road running.
I've been running in Pegasus for the last two years again when on the road, but my ultras and ultra training have been on the trails. It is only in the last few months that I've been doing those kind of distances on the road and my old toe nemesis is slowly coming back.
So I went shopping but there are very few shoes on the market that caters for my toe box needs. After the 2011 Comrades I ran in the Nike Citius 4 and they were great. This shoe worked extremely well for me.
My first Nike Citius 4 shoes…great!
That pair is now retired after more than 1000km of great service. Unfortunately I couldn't find another pair anywhere. But my fortunes changed last Friday when I went searching for a large toe box shoe and found two pairs in my number at a local running store. I bought both pairs immediately!
New Nike Citius 4...with a few blood splatters... :)
I am so relieved that I found these now and will certainly wear them for all long runs on the road. I will run Sunday’s marathon in them and have them just right for the Comrades.
I am busy with research as I don’t know if I’ll find another pair of the Citius. With my toe and foot requirements it seems I might join the Hoka team in the future. We will wait and see…
My future shoe…?