#weekendcoffeeshare – Winterfest 2017

Just outside of Gatlinburg.  Newfound Gap, I think.

If we were having coffee, at this moment, I would be a bad host. See, right now, I don’t have any coffee, though I wish I did. It would help with the yawns while on the road, maybe. (Don’t worry, I’m not driving!) We would make plans to get coffee at the first opportunity though, and that opportunity will most likely be somewhere at the Biltmore Park Towne Square. That’s where we’re stopping to eat on the way home, so onward to coffee!

That’s right. On the way home. Yes, we’re on the road again. Sometimes it feels like we are on the road more than we’re at home, but that’s fine. We always have fun on the road. We spent this weekend up in Gatlinburg, TN, hanging out with thousands of other Christians for Winterfest 2017.

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Unlucky Lately

I’ve been trying to train. Really, I have. It seems though that my luck is just not with me lately. Either that, or all my luck is bad.

Sunday was an eight hour day at work, so that left me with a bit of time for a little run. It was a short one, but that was planned. For some reason, I had been feeling less than good Sunday and thought a short slow run would help me feel better.  Silly me.

While running, I felt better. Then I caught that little stump in the trail with my toe. We call those little stumps, stobbies around here. So I caught a stobby, it hurt, but not bad enough to stop running.


Now, I’ve got a swollen middle toe, that hurts when it bends. Not what I needed.

A lesson learned?

Maybe I can learn from this. See, I prefer to do most of my training runs in Vibram Fivefingers toe shoes. They are great, and I believe they are the reason my knees don’t bother me anymore.

That being said, they do pose a danger to my toes while running out in the woods. They are minimalist shoes after all, so that is to be expected and not really their fault.

What I may have to do from now on, though it pains me but maybe not as much as those stobbies, is wear a fuller shoe out on trail runs. Something with a bit more toe protection. I don’t like it, but I don’t like blue, swollen toes either.

I will still wear the Vibrams out on the dirt road and places where the stobbies are not expected or are at least more easily seen. I love the Vibrams, but I’ve got to face the fact that they may not be suited to every situation.

Well I better run. Or maybe hobble on my way now. Hope you guys are having a great day and that all your toes are their correct color.

Happy running, and God bless!