And by Norm, I mean Norman J. Levy! After all the excitement of Sunday’s half marathon, it was time to get right back into my training routine. I took Monday as a rest day and taught my cycling class without hopping on the bike- although my Fitbit thought pacing around the studio and encouraging my participants was a “sport.” Hey, I’ll take it! I decided to get a little wild and put some hills into my speed work. I took two miles to warm up with the second being mainly uphill. The speed workout consisted of 6 x 3 minutes at race pace or faster with 2 minutes of recovery in between. My legs were still feeling a little sore from the race, but mentally I know it is important to complete my hard workouts! I’m going to break 2 hours.
This was our time from the half. That averages to a 9:38 pace. We stopped and had water, I had to stretch my cranky ankle, and saved my push for the last half mile. Now that I know I can conquer the distance and the hills of Central Park, my focus is on my pace and timing.
If there is one thing I hope you guys can learn from my race it is about chafing. UGH.
In the picture on the left, I look like a chicken. Why? My sports bra started to make my skin chafe 😦 A few things were different from my training runs: the weather was warmer and the run was longer. I was definitely sweatier due to both of these things. When it comes to chafing, you have to have a good defense. Because once it starts, you might already be too late. Keep this in mind as the weather starts to change to spring because your body will heat up more with the warm weather. Start by wearing sweat-wicking fabrics and avoid cotton (Dri-fit clothes are your bff). This goes for tops and bottoms, including your undies. Another good rule is never wear anything new on race day! You never know if that new tank will just rub your arms the wrong way. Your training runs should be done in the clothing you plan to wear when race day comes; this way there will be no surprises!
If a simple change in wardrobe doesn’t help try Anti Monkey Butt powder to help keep you dry. We also love Body Glide to help keep the skin lubed up and keep friction away. Do you guys have any products or tricks to help protect your skin on those long runs? Share them!