You’re going to have to forgive me for all this ranting and raving about this running thing, but it’s right now part of my “current” so to speak.
So you all know by now that I’ve been running up a storm and training for the races that I have coming up in the next few weeks. I’ve run 14kms every Saturday for the last 3weeks so I think I’m doing well?! But I still have to up that distance for my target big run which is now less than a month away *yikes*.
Am I prepared…not yet! I can at least tick off my takkies though – they’re perfect 🙂 Blisters are no longer an issue in my life. The socks I use are also absolutely fine. What I’m battling with (and it feels like trial and error at the moment!) is the following;
- Water…basically, hydration during training. While I know that during races, there are water stations, unfortunately during my training, there are none 😦 Up to about 10kms, I’m fine…but thereafter, I definitely need some water. I’m not too keen on running with a water bottle in my hand even though I know you get those bottle that have a hand grip in them. So this weekend, I took a drawstring bag with me. From the start, it annoyed me. Firstly it was bouncing up and down against my back so I used a hair band to tie the straps around my waste-ish area. That worked for a little while but then after about 2/3kms, it started bobbing up and down again until eventually, the straps had moved up and were chafing my shoulder. So for the balance of my run, I alternated between holding the straps (meaning my hands and arms were tied up), tying it up again with my hairband or just taking it off my shoulders and jogging with it. Then to open the bag up and actually get the water bottle out…arrgghhh.
- Pants…I have three different pairs of running pants. They’re all from Mr Price, all long tights, but they’re different styles. The one, although the same size as the others, is a thicker material – more suited for winter – but is literally tighter than my stockings making it fine for the shorter distances but quite stifling for the longer distances. The other two are proper tights material (is it lycra?!?!), but for some reason, one of them chafes so bad that I literally cannot walk after running 14kms 😦 So the third one seems to work okay…for now.
- Routes…is the whole of Jo’burg hilly????? My training is all done on hills – Buccleuch seems to have been built on a mountain, literally. The surrounding areas are somewhat less hilly, but still nowhere near flat. Finding a flat area to run on is virtually impossible. Where I know that this will make me stronger for my races, I really just want to run a flat! Also, how does a person have longer training sessions during the week…it gets dark so early and in the morning, it’s too dark to go running before the school dropoff 😦 My neighbour did say that apparently nobody trains in winter and I shouldn’t be doing it this of the year but hey…
- Aches and pains…it’s amazing how, on a normal day, I feel fit as a fiddle then the minute I start running, something starts paining. A sign that running isn’t good for you?!?! Heh. If it’s not my ankle, then it’s my knee, or an arm, my shins – something always hurts. Maybe I should call this more of a niggle ‘cos it’s not bad enough to not want to run and mentally, I seem to be able to refocus elsewhere and continue, but is this normal??? I do warm up before and do a proper stretch once I’m done running, but I still get these aches and pains.
- Strength training…I have no idea how to go about doing strength training in between my runs! The logical thing for me is to train in the gym but I don’t have a gym membership and cannot afford one. Motivating myself at home to actually run is more than my little brain can cope with – I have no idea how can do anything else and how to wrap my head around that!!
I need some advice…anybody have some valuable input on the above points???
BTW, I asked Ethan last week whether he would say that his mother is a runner if somebody asked – his response – NO, BECAUSE YOU DON’T RUN, YOU JOG, hehe. Clever boy!!