Or How To Be Able To Refer To A 32km/20mi Long Run As Awesome Even Though It Was Pouring Rain The Whole Time…
This past Sunday was the final extra long run before the beginning of taper. I’ve done 32km before so I knew that I was capable of the distance. What I was unsure of this time around was the weather. Here is my facebook status from Saturday night:
- I dressed perfectly for the weather. People driving by probably wondered a) why I was out in the rain and b) why I was out in the rain without a jacket, but I was warm.
- My stomach didn’t give me any heck. I actually fueled really well. Fish and rice for dinner on Saturday, Vector for breakfast and GUs on the hour during my run. After the first GU I had dates and raisins every 1/2 hour, however, I think I still might use meds on race day just so I have no TMI surprises…
- I visualized the run. I know I only did it to keep from worrying about nothing, but it totally worked out for me. Definitely going to do this for race day!
- I wasn’t trying to keep up with anyone. I chatted when I was with people, but knew when to slow down and let them leave me behind.
- My music rocked (reliving my youth and all that). I’ve found that having the DJ and commercials actually allows me to zone out. Not knowing what songs are coming up helps me out too. I’m not waiting for a certain song to come on to get me motivated.
- No blisters. Score!
Things to note when running in the rain:
- Don’t worry about getting wet. Seems obvious, but give in to the inevitable. The earlier you embrace the fact that you will have extra cushioning in your shoes from all the water the better.
- Use some sort of body lubricant. I have used Body Glide in the past, but haven’t been using it lately. I won some Chamois Butt’r from Kevin at Half Tri-ing a while back and it’s been great. I don’t ride a bike and technically it’s for the inside of your shorts, but it works really well for feet! Chafing was the number one complaint from group members, Colin and I included. It’s also good to remember where you’ve chafed in the past and prepare… I totally forgot that I chafe on my torso directly under my hrm strap (due to my backpack’s chest strap).
- Injinji socks keep your toes warm. Each of my toes was in a little cocoon and it was wonderful.
- Do not take your gloves off if at all possible. Unfortunately I had to otherwise the toilet paper would have just stuck to my hand. My hands were freezing from the time I
struggled toput them back on at 16km until I was finished.
- Your shoes will not be nice and white when you return. Why I was dodging puddles and mud is beyond me. My feet were soaked, but I really didn’t want brown shoes. Besides, the rain washed most of the mud away anyways.
- Be prepared for idiot drivers to splash you. Luckily I was able to only get one small splash from the knee down. Others weren’t so fortunate. If you are a driver please be considerate and at least try to avoid the puddles. If you don’t please be prepared to be cursed out and have rude gestures made in your general direction.
- Bring a towel if you’ve run from your car or a store. It might be as wet as you are after you’ve attempted to dry off, but it can be used as an inferior blanket as well.
- Don’t expect to look good at the end. Drowned rat immediately came to mind. Colin called me Salacious Crumb when I took my hair out of it’s ponytail…
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- My feet. I get this odd type of eczema on my hands and feet if I get too hot that makes little blisters under my skin and then the skin eventually falls off. Gross, I know. This happened last summer and then again a few weeks back. Things looked to be getting better recently – like all the peeling was finished. Then I added in a 3-1/2 hour foot soak. Be thankful that even I don’t want to see pictures of it again… The only thing I thought to describe the way they looked was zombie feet, hence the title of this post. Aren’t you glad you read the whole thing just to find that out?