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Ill Will

20 Jan

So winter may have finally caught up to me and handed me my first cold in a long time. It’s not that bad, but I’m definitely feeling worn out and congested. I gave my hand at doing some speed work this morning. It simultaneously felt good and bad, if that makes any sense. Like, I felt pretty comfortable at my speed pace but very fatigued also. Hard to explain. I tried my hand on the elliptical instead, but to no avail. Alas, I’ll try again tomorrow. Hopefully with more sleep, too.

On an unrelated note, I’ve started thinking about what gear to bring/wear during my race. I have a throwaway hat and gloves already, and I’ll be getting a cheap fleece (Disney actually collects and washes all the throwaway clothes, then donates them to a charity. Yay!). I’m undecided about wearing a tank vs. a t-shirt, and shorts vs. crops. The race kicks off at 6am, but I have to be at the start no later than 4am. It’ll be somewhere in the 50s at that point, and probably climb into the high 60s/low 70s by the end of the race. I would do trial and error of gear on my own, but it’s a bit hard to test out a tank and shorts on a long run when it’s 30°F here.

So I ask you, fellow runners. What is your favorite race getup? Any tips for dealing with temperature changes mid-race? Is it wise to wear crops to stay warm in the first few hours, or stick with shorts to keep cool in the last few miles?


It’ll ride up with wear

14 Jan

Am I the only one to watch ‘Are You Being Served?’ growing up? Yes? Aww :(

So here’s the scenario: you’re running, and all of a sudden the waistband of your shorts is actually around your waist, and your shorts are hugging you in ways you just don’t want. No amount of pulling and adjusting helps here; they’ll ride back up in 5 minutes.

Yeah that’s me almost every time I run in shorts. I have one pair of running shorts that I found at Old Navy (of all places!) that had a pair of lil’ bloomers built in. These shorts are quite magical and always stay in place. The rest? Hello uncomfortable city.

Have any of you experienced this wonderful ‘riding up’ sensation before? Is there anything I can do to keep my shorts in place, or am I about to go on a hunt for more bloomers-in shorts? Not that I mind the latter too much, as long as they’re not crazy expensive.

Last night was my second set of speed work training. On a treadmill. Suck. I can’t wait for it to be light out in the early morning. But the speedwork went pretty well:

1% incline, 29:20 total, 3 miles total
10 min/mi warm up
4×800 at 8:45 with 10 min pace in between for 1-2 minutes
0.15 mi cool down walk

I had intended on doing cross training this morning, then at 5:45 realized that I forgot to change my alarm from 6am to 5am. So woop woop cross training tonight. With shorts that love to hug my bum in all the wrong ways.

Oh, I totally almost forgot! RunToTheFinish is having an awesome Progresso Soup giveaway this week, and it ends tomorrow. It’s chilly outside- you know you want some yummy yummy soup to warm up with :)