My last run (b210k w2r2) was bad, really bad. I had a sore toe, itchy sore bit under breasts and it was hot and sunny. I was also tired, leaden legged and kept forgetting to breath properly. I also forgot to run the bit of my route around the pond, took a new route along a really sunny path by a road and had just about expired by the end of my 2nd 1 min walk. The 1 minute turned into 5 and I headed for home, though I did manage to run another 5 mins before the cool down walk.
So, I hit the internet to put right all that was wrong with that run. I still have some questions though.
1. Sore toe actually has a name - runner's toe :-). Caused by too small shoes usually. I checked the fit of my shoes before heading out this morning and I don't think it's the shoes, it's the socks. They're too fluffy inside which makes them tight. I changed to thin socks before heading out and never noticed my toe all run. What type of socks do others prefer? Thin or thick?
2. Sore bit under breast turned out to be a raw, and slightly oozing welt by the time I got home. Culprit was clearly my running bra. It's a good quality Shock Absorber one so shouldn't be giving me trouble, it hasn't before. After a bit of googling it turns out running bras only last 6 months to 1 year. Hmmmm, the one I was wearing could be reaching double figures (years not months) and most of the rest aren't much better. Time to ditch them and stick with the brand new Shock Absorber Ultimate Run Bra. I'll need to buy another couple of bras so I'm not having to fish it out of the dirty washing basket too often. The Shock Absorber is great and I've no complaints but thought it might be good to try another brand to see if its as good, and maybe a bit cheaper. Can anyone recommend another good make? I've tried everything in the high street shops and they were nowhere near as supportive as the Shock Absorber Ultimate Run Bra.
3. I drank a lot of water yesterday, 2 litres at least which is unusual for me. A friend also gave me some electrolyte tablets to put in my water before the run and in my bottle while running. They seemed to help even although they were blackcurrant flavour (eughhh!). The tablets were sugar free but must have been full of sweeteners which left a horrible taste in my mouth. Which is better for running, sugar free or or with sugar? I'm not looking to loose weight so calories aren't really a consideration. I would have thought with sugar so they can contribute to energy but if that's the case, why do sugar free ones seem to be the most prolific in online shops?
This morning's run was much, much better. I stuck to the shade, made sure I was hydrated and ran slowly. And best of all, no more running kit related injuries. I'm definitely ready for week 3.