When I started training for Lake Sonoma 50, I mapped out a plan that allowed for 5 running days and 2 rest days per week. As this process as unfolded, I’ve found my Thursdays (rest days) to be filled with anxious googling, examining of my course-manual, and pretzel eating. The combination of no running and preparing for Friday/Saturday long runs makes my nerves set in and I start poking around the internet looking for tips and inspiration.
I’m not here to say that staying up late staring at a computer screen is a good idea, but I have picked up some helpful little tricks of the trade through ultrarunning friends on Twitter and Dailymile and I’ve learned a lot during this training process.
Blisters: I’ve always gotten blisters and dead toenails periodically while training and racing. Marathoning has prepared me for a lifetime of ugly feet, and I know that I will probably always get “what-happened-here” looks when I go get pedicures. But lately an army of blisters has taken over my feet. It didn’t bother me until they kept reopening and gushing blood on my shoes and socks during while running, which was NOT comfortable. Finally, I found a solution: New-skin. It’s “liquid bandage” that can be painted onto your wounds to cover and protect them from more infection or reopening. Caution: it smells like nail polish.
Sunscreen: This is an obvious one I learned the hard way. I have olive skin, tan easily and rarely burn. Running for 5 hours is an exception to that rule. If you’re spending more time outside, your skin is spending more time getting damaged. (DUH). I have learned my lesson and have invested in some Waterproof SPF 30.
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