I had forgotten how much I hate getting my feet back into condition, and only realized yesterday why it sucks quite so much. The reason is that it's SPRING! While it should be lovely and fair - tra la! - no matter how nice the sun and air are, the roads and trails I frequent are still full of grit (aka gravel) from both road treatment and weathering. I can be padding happily along a lovely stretch of path and suddenly find myself crossing a stretch of miserable and near invisible, pointy and razor sharp bits. Mostly I just grit my teeth and try not to let it show in my gait, but sometimes it just hurts! Two things I can think of that make the situation better. First, I know from experience my soles and plantar skin will toughen and desensitize a lot more. Second, the spring rains will come and wash a good deal of the grit away, making the roads and trails safe for BFR - until next spring, anyway.