I have been doing some reflecting back on my runs to find out what works and what hasn't or see if I can figure out what I can do to help make Marathon Day go smoothly. Long distance running really forces you to get to know all parts of your body more than ever. There is a fine line between drinking and eating to much and not enough. So here are some random things I have learned not to do, or probably wasn't the best thing to do at the time.
- Go to a buffet the evening after doing your long run after only eating one small meal shortly after your run. You will end up in a food coma!
- When your toenail looks like it will fall off, trim it back as it may just be a blister underneath your toenail that will need to be popped. (don't you love watching the ooze come out of those!)
- Plan only enough time to get your run in with the scenario of "if everything goes well"
- Put your phone in your bra for a long run and expect all your sweat will not effect the screen
- Wear an old pair of socks that you hate only because they are the last clean pair. They will cause major blisters and discomfort for the next week or so of running!
- Expect your feet to look normal. My feet will never look nice again due to my "square" feet and getting blisters from every run. Seriously, even on 3 milers.
- Plan bathroom and water stops along all routes, you never know when that gu you just tried will not agree with you.
- Do a really hard strength day and expect you will be able to run normally the following 2 days. Thanks Jillian Michaels!
I have found that my body really likes compression gear. I tried out compression socks for the first time on my 18 miler this weekend and for the first time ever my feet did not have blisters. After that I proceeded to put on these little shorty compression shorts under my pants during our day at Bay Beach (which is basically a kid amusement park) since I was going to be on my feet all day and my hips were hurting. Never thought about them once after that as they felt great!!
I am trying to figure out my marathon outfit but it makes it difficult that it is 4 hours north of where I live and have no clue what the average temperature will be like. That will end up being decided maybe a week before but I have ideas in my head. I bought my race days shoes and will slowly be breaking them in on some shorter runs. Same as my normal but just in bright purple. Thinking it may be the shirt that I had on in this picture, but have a feeling it may be a long sleeve kinda day as the temps may only hit the 50s.
Ok, time to get some sleep to see if I can rouse myself out of bed for 8 miles tomorrow morning instead of having to fit it between work and the packer game tomorrow night. At least the weather looks to be cooler :)