Last night’s glow run

Glow Run

Bill and I at last night’s Superhero Glow Run!

Bill and I did a glow run last night, and it was a lot of fun. There was a lot of laughter, and it was great running without being timed. However, Bill did bring up a good point. There were sections of the run that were very dark and there were quite a few hard to see obstacles; he was concerned about getting hurt.

Next weekend, he is running the Illinois Marathon in Champaign, and he has worked very hard toward that goal. It would have been awful had he got hurt last night.

My lack of experience with racing showed, and I am glad neither of us got hurt (after all the evening before the Illinois Marathon, we are both running another 5K).

The best part was getting frozen custard afterwards! Yum!

P.S. that lip color that I posted on Facebook yesterday lasted the entire race!

Keeping my feet in shape

Running is not the easiest on the feet – and they can get gnarly looking after a while (not a good thing as sandal season approaches us).  Here are some things I do to keep my feet in shape:

Wearing the right shoes in the right size

I am loyal to Hoka One One Arahi. They are considered “stability” shoes. I’m a new runner, and I pronate (so I need the stability), and they are also very lightweight. I also wear shoes one size larger than my “normal size” – this allows me to have room while running. I highly recommend going somewhere to get fitted for a shoe that meets your needs. *Important Note: I think that they discontinued them in favor of the Arahi 2 – I am looking forward to trying those out!

Wearing the right socks

Before I started running, I never put much thought into my socks. My feet sweat a lot when I run, so I look for something that keeps them dry with a medium amount of cushion. I prefer R-Gear Drymax Medium Cushion No Show.

Moisturizing the feet regularly

I don’t have a favorite moisturizer for my feet – any good one will do. It helps keep my feet looking nice, and it helps to prevent pressure points (and blisters).

Getting pedicures

Pedicures are a great way to undo some of the damage that you have done (callouses and the like). The foot and lower leg massages can invigorate tired, sore muscles. I love them, and my feet look so much better after one. Regardless of gender, think about getting one (unless you have a medical condition where it is not recommended).

My races consist of primarily of 5Ks with the occasional 10K (my next scheduled 10K is in October of this year, but that can change at any time), so I am not as hard on my feet as other runners are on theirs. This is what works for me, but it may not work for you.

I would love to hear from you about what you do to take care of your feet! Please comment in the section below!

My favorite eye makeup remover

I recently read a blog post about an eye makeup remover that worked as well as my favorite, it just took some “elbow grease.”

I don’t know about anyone else, but the idea of using elbow grease on my eyes was something that I did not want to do.

Enter coconut oil. Just a little bit, gently massaged for 30 – 60 seconds, followed by gentle wiping of the eyes with a warm, moist washcloth does the trick. I don’t use waterproof mascara, so I cannot attest to how well coconut oil works on that.

I am not saying that this is the best option for everyone, but it cannot hurt to try it (unless you are allergic to it – do not try it if you are).

My first 10K

Yesterday (04/07/2018), I ran my first 10K. I learned a lot – more than I expected:

  1. The importance of training – I struggled with upping my training after my hip injury (even after being released from PT). It showed. The first half of the 10K was fine, but I freely admit, I struggled with the second half. I finished and I did not stop during the race, but my performance was beneath my expectations (I walked way more than I had anticipated).
  2. The struggle with cold weather running – I had bundled up for the start of the race (it was 20 degrees Fahrenheit when the race started), and within the first 30 minutes, I was overheating. I’m still in the learning curve, I will improve.
  3. The friendliness of my fellow runners – While waiting for the race to start, I began lamenting the cold with those around me. We joked around, and it made the wait in the frigid temp that much more bearable.
  4. A new motivation – This comes back to point number one. I am very proud that I finished, but I know I can do better. This is what I needed to get over my training block. Today, I did the elliptical for my fully planned time, instead of quitting earlier (thinking that shortened time was enough – it’s not enough). I can’t skate by with 5K training anymore. I have already signed up for my next 10K, and my perfomance will improve.

Today was the first day of the new training regimen. I’ll keep you posted on how it continues.

Next Saturday

I have to admit, I am more than slightly nervous about Saturday (04/07). I will be running my very first 10K.

I am not as prepared as I hoped I would be. About a month and a half ago – I experienced issues with my hip that required me to start PT. I have subsequently completed it, and there are no more issues with my hip, but it did break my training cycle.

What concerns me the most is the mental game. I can’t get past running 45 minutes (I am not a fast runner) without feeling the need to stop. I don’t know if it is physical. I think it is more mental than anything else. I don’t know if the mojo that I had before the hip issue is gone. I felt so focused and driven, and I don’t feel that anymore.

I know I can do a 5K without issue, but I am worried that I won’t be able to finish the 10K. However, I will do my best, and try very hard not to quit.  It will be a whopping 20 degrees at the time of the run, but I have run in temps this cool before. I just won’t like it as much.

I’ll keep everyone posted on how I do.