Lessons learned from the first 7 mile run of the season

Tim and I recently decided that we are going to run The Bix 7.  The Bix is an iconic 7 mile run that starts in downtown Davenport, shoots up Brady Street hill, winds through McClellan Heights, and then shoots back down Brady to finish by the QC Times Building.  We did the run last year for the first time.  We thought the race was too crowded (and people were not honest about where they seeded themselves, so we had to do a lot of dodging around slower runners) to do again.  But here it is a year later, and we have a hankering to do it again.

So far this year, my runs have been between 3 and 5 miles.  That’s my sweet spot – where I feel energized but not beat.  So we figured that we should do a full 7-mile training run to prepare for next Saturday (aka Race Day).  The run itself went really well.  Tim and I both finished strong.  However, as it’s been a year since I’ve ran that far, I forgot a few things:

1.  When you run sockless, you better put some baby powder or Gold Bond or something in your shoes.  Sweaty feet encased in sweaty shoes is no fun.

2.  When you are extremely sweaty, clothes rubbing against your skin is also no fun.   I didn’t realize it until I was done, by my tank top was chafing the tender skin on the bottom of my upper arm.  It’s amazing how stingy skin abrasions can be.  I bought a stick of Body Glide for use with the wet suit for the triathlon.  I’m going to have use that on race day.

The rest of my gear held up pretty well.  Evidently my running shorts are playing peekaboo with my cheeks though, so I’m going to have to get a new pair of running shorts before next Saturday.  I’ve been doing some research, and all the really highly rated ones are $50+, which is retarded.  I’m going to have to get a second job to fund my running habit.

Hope you have a great day!

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