A new personal distance record – woohoo! and possibly long run pace

I woke up today, slightly excited for my long run…B Then I stubbed my iddy biddy little toe on my bicycle.B There was screaming “Tony, why haven’t these been moved to the other room yet!” there was cursing at myself and how clumsy I was, there was crying from the pain.B It throbbed, I cringed, I drank some tea, popped two Advils to stop the throbbing of my little toe, ate another pita bread half and by 10:20 I was ready to go!B The end result:

Maybe a sub-4 first marathon is in my future after all.B However, no long run ever goes without a lesson.B I’ll share this week’s oh-oh situation at the end of the post.B On a non related note, my new worry is now that it’ll be too hot in DC.B I guess I truly “speed” in 35 degree whether with 22MPH winds.B Maybe the wind propelled me.

The hat and gloves came out today.B It was 35 degrees with 22MPH winds.B And this one part where I run around a pond, I thought I was going to get blown away, or lose my hat.B In fact, one of my legs got blown into the other more than a hand full of times.B I’m impressed that with my clumsy skills that I didn’t fall flat on my face.B Yes I look sad, my toe was hurting =(

I also had a new record from when my side knee starts to bother me.B Mile 20 this time!B Woohoo! Although I didn’t feel too sore by the end of the run; just tired, a little icing never hurt anyone.B Plus this is what all the cool kids do post long run.

I did violate a major refuel rule.B We were meeting up friends for lunch and I ended up not eating until 90 minutes later;B if round down that’s like an hour.B A friend had a living social deal forB Blue Ribbon BBQ and treated us to it.

I got myself a salad and brisket since all the yelp reviews said that’s not to be missed.B And I ended up pleasantly surprised how yummy it was.B The corn bread; however, was a huge disappointment.B Dry and stale and the croutons they used for my salad were made out of an even more staler corn bread (luckily they put it on the side in a separate container).B I guess you can’t be a master of all.

Look at all the leftovers!B Actually I must confess, I might have “borrowed” some extra sauce to use later.

Lesson of this Week’s Long Run

Let’s now talk about my huge mistake.B Chaffing…B I think guys worry about this more with their nipples and shirts.B Sports bras offer us ladies some protection.B However, I recently had a small battle with my sports bras that I’ve been losing and looking like a battered woman.B Seeing as how a. I do not want to buy new sports bras and b. they don’t make them in a smaller size than the ones i already have; I needed a better solution.

Aquaphor!

  • Aquaphor ointment if medicated can be used to treat or prevent rash in babies, protect from minor cuts, scrapes and burns, protect the skin from the effects of weather and wind, relieve chapped skin and lips as well as acting as a barrier to seal in the skinbs moisture.
  • It’s available at any CVS or other drugstore; no specialty running/sports store required
  • It’s cheaper than BodyGlide
  • Aquaphor is more miscible with aqueous solutions than Vaseline

I heard people use vaseline and bodyglide, but I had aquaphor in the house already so I went with what was around.B Plus I found all these reasons why it better than both that I noted above.

Regardless, while I lost a battle with my sports bra, I have won the war.

But when one war comes to an end, a new one is just over the border, or in this case under.B Yup crotch chaffing…. After 24 miles, it felt like I did unspeakable things with a carpet.B I don’t even know why?B Maybe it’s the new distance, maybe it was the cold windy weather.B I never this issue with these tights or just crotch chaffing in general.B Anyways, end of long run lesson: always make sure your tights are actually tight or use Aquaphor!B

 

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