I’ve been doing this running thing. Sort of. I am making progress and doing better than I thought I would be, considering it was only last summer that I was barely exercising and in so much pain because of my herniated discs in my back.
With all this training, comes a lot of issues. Like toenails. Mine are black and blue and I am guessing they will soon fall off. Ew. Training requires a lot of planning. You may think that you just put your shoes on and go… but, oh no. That would be too easy.
Hydration. It’s easy to go without water on the shorter 3-4 mile runs, but when it gets to be longer, I need fluids. Carrying a water bottles sucks and makes me feel unbalanced. I have an old fuel-belt thing that I bought years ago and never used… only it won’t fit around my hips and it annoys the shit out of me having it around my waist. I tried Erin’s clip-on water bottle thing, only it pulled down on my pants and splashed water on my legs. Ended up ditching it at a sign about two miles into my 10-mile run. Propel is not my friend. Chocolate milk is my best friend.
Weather. One day it’s sunny and perfect, the next it’s blizzarding. Or the wind is blowing 50 mph like today. Saturday was freezing. My iPod touch wouldn’t work right. My nose was running. I was so cold I thought I may have peed myself a little. I ran back to my house after 4.5 miles to check. The verdict is still out on that one.
Food before, after, and during runs. I could read and read on this subject and STILL not know what the hell to do. I tried the Gu gel approach last weekend. The texture tends to activate my gag reflex. The taste leaves much to be desired. Maybe it’s an acquired taste?
Clothing. I only have one bra that I like to wear while running. The rest seem to let the girls go wild. I’m trying to avoid injuries, so I had to breakdown and order a few new ones today. I am also experiencing some rubbage under my armpits, so I have placed an order for Body Glide. Doesn’t that sound fun? And pockets… a must have, because I have to bring tissue for my runny nose, my phone in case I die, somewhere to put my iPod, store the Gu, the gloves, the barettes, and everything else I might need in my 2.5 hours of running.
P.S. I did 10 miles on Saturday and am living to tell about it.
P.P.S. I’m $1200 away from my fundraising goal. Want to help?
P.P.P.S. Erin, Kelly, and I are having a fundraiser at the Evil Olive on the night of April 24th. It will be fun, I promise! Come visit us!