This has been an easy week as far as my running is concerned. I’ve only run twice – 3.5 miles Monday and three miles Tuesday. I was only supposed to run two miles Tuesday, however I had really bad shin splints for those two miles. I was wearing a pair of shoes I bought a couple weeks ago so I decided to change into my older pair and run an extra mile to see how that would go. No problems with those shoes. Although they are both Brooks Ghost 7’s, I guess the newer ones are just not broken in yet. Therefore, I will be wearing my older pair Sunday.
I’ve also been obsessed with the weather forecast this week. To be honest, I’ve been checking it at least four or five times per day. And I started checking it Sunday! It’s gone from 100 percent chance of rain to 20 percent to 90 percent to 60 percent and now back to 20 percent. Temperatures will be anywhere between 40 and 60 degrees.
Just to be safe, I bought myself a windproof/waterproof jacket. I also researched tips for running in the rain and found some useful information. Just as when you sweat you will experience chafing and blistering, the same will happen with moisture from the rain.
Some tips I found useful were:
1 – Coat your entire body in Aquaphor. This includes your feet, even between your toes, and anywhere else your clothing rubs and blisters you. This could be the band of your sports bra or, if you’re wearing shorts, where your shorts end.
2 – Bring extra pairs of socks with you to change out of if your feet get too wet. This is helpful especially if the temperature is chilly.
3 – Protect your phone if you will be using it for music. Rain canget into the phone from the headphone opening even if it’s in a case. Wrap it in a Ziploc bag, seal it then place it in another Ziploc bag with the seal on the opposite side. Seal that bag and place it into your armband case. (Not sure if this works but I will try it).
4 – Bring dry clothes to change into after the race. This one seems most important to me.
So, I’ve got my new jacket, some Aquaphor lotion, a pack of sports beans and a new pair of socks! I think I’m ready. I’ll let you know next week how the race goes!