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Thursday, March 13, 2014

8 mile

I can’t remember where I left off in regards to this crazy half marathon training, but I am at mile 8 right now.

I did 8 miles at an indoor track about a month(ish) ago and ran faster than I have ever ran before. 

My training took me back down to build up my endurance for a few weeks and then winter just never ended.

I had to eek out a slippery snowy three miles, instead of a planned five miles, the other day.

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I ended up getting in a few longer runs, five, six, and seven miles over the past weeks in the midst of madness (sick kid, crazy work, just random life stuff). I have felt great after each run, for the most part.

I did seven miles after not running for 7 days and it was just slow – again, time isn’t my goal but I would be lying if I didn’t say that was a little disappointing after having made some good progress with speed work in the past few weeks.  But the sun came out during my run that day and that was wonderful!

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I ran 8 miles with a friend this week – again, after not having been able to get any training runs in all week.  It was faster than the 7 miles the week before, but it was crazy.  We planned to run on a trail that was still covered in ice, obviously we didn’t know that(!), and ended up running through some neighborhood roads.  I did NOT want to do that long run this past weekend but having someone to push me through it was just what I needed to get back on track.

My random running related questions for the week:

1) I keep getting blisters on the bottom of my feet, what gives? Is that normal?

2) My phone died right as I hit 8 miles, any tricks on keeping my iphone 4’s battery in check during these longer runs?

3) Has anyone found where spring is hiding?

4 comments:

Lauren Pearch said...

YAY Lady! Glad you are getting yourself back on track. The sun is infectious! Soak it up, it will make ALL the difference on the mental part of the run which will, in turn, affect the physical part of the run.

Blisters... yea they suck. Try switching up your socks. I wear drymax, which is a hard brand to find. Swiftwicks, Smartwool and Balegas are fantastic brands too. They are all pricey (each pair will run you 10 to 12 bucks) but they are totally worth it in the long run. If a switch in the socks doesn't work, try using some sort of lube on your feet to create a waterproof barrier. I have used Glide (body saver!) and vaseline in the past. I love, love, love, Two Toms (It's a roll on deal that you will likely have to get on line). While my feet looked nasty after BR last year, I really didn't blister, per say. And that was after a shit load of trails on a very wet, VERY mud day. Also try baby powder. Like ANYTHING in running, what will work for other people may not work for you. Experiment around and see what you like :)

Lauren Pearch said...

YAY Lady! Glad you are getting yourself back on track. The sun is infectious! Soak it up, it will make ALL the difference on the mental part of the run which will, in turn, affect the physical part of the run.

Blisters... yea they suck. Try switching up your socks. I wear drymax, which is a hard brand to find. Swiftwicks, Smartwool and Balegas are fantastic brands too. They are all pricey (each pair will run you 10 to 12 bucks) but they are totally worth it in the long run. If a switch in the socks doesn't work, try using some sort of lube on your feet to create a waterproof barrier. I have used Glide (body saver!) and vaseline in the past. I love, love, love, Two Toms (It's a roll on deal that you will likely have to get on line). While my feet looked nasty after BR last year, I really didn't blister, per say. And that was after a shit load of trails on a very wet, VERY mud day. Also try baby powder. Like ANYTHING in running, what will work for other people may not work for you. Experiment around and see what you like :)

Annegirrl said...

The only one I can answer is number 1 because I don't have an iPhone and spring is never coming. Ever. I'm convinced.

Anyway, try out Thorlo socks. My running husband recommended them to me and I fell in love instantly. Seriously, go now. Get some.

Deborah said...

You're amazing. I don't know how you find the time to do this with 2 kids and a full-time job. I miss running so much, but I only manage it every couple of weeks or so. I would love to do a half-marathon someday.