This came to mind as I've been reminded of my most frequent running rule infraction--wearing non-technical fabric head gear. Specifically, my Penn State ear warmer. Because I love it. Ok, and maybe I don't have a tech fabric ear warmer*. The problem is that it does its job for about the first 30 minutes, then does exactly the opposite of its purpose.
* yet--there's one with my name on it at my local running store, as soon as I can go pick it up. Yay!!
What are some other good
things I seem to forget rules? Seriously, if this isn't evidence that I need a running desk calendar, I don't know what would be!
- Replace your shoes every 300-500 miles. Another rule I'd apparently forgotten until I wondered if I'd cracked a bone in my foot on Saturday.
- Don't eat lots of fiber before a run. True story: Meg once picked me up for our long run and I got into her car carrying a box of Mini Wheats and a Diet Coke (read it here).
- Hydrate after a hard run.Otherwise live with the pounding headache.
- Gu every hour. No more. Or suffer the digestive fallout.
- Buy a good sports bra. As I recently told a friend, "no one should have to wear two bras."
- Double layer socks!
- And I think Body Glide almost goes without saying. Definitely a rookie mistake.
- Wear ShoeID or RunnerID or something. It took me getting sketched out by a bright blue all-the-doors-open Hummer in the park to finally put on my ShoeID.
- Don't take a hot bath/shower after a hard run--your muscles will only get more inflamed. It's hard to resist though.
- Per RW, develop mantras to get you through the tough miles. It's not supposed to be easy.
- Always tell someone where you're going and about when you'll be back.
- Buy a foam roller the very first time your hips ever feel stiff. Don't wait. And if it gets worse, go see a physical therapist or sports medicine person immediately. Because it doesn't have to be horrible. And, foam rollers are lots of fun for the whole family. And yes, my living room always looks like a tornado went through. I blame the 2-year-old. Don't judge me.
Oh, and they are also really fun to try to describe to The Beastie on Skype. Especially when she "print screens" you and shows you how ridiculous you look.
- Your shins will hurt for 2 weeks when you're just starting. And you will be slow. And you might not make it far enough from your house to warrant technical fabrics. And that is all just fine. Everyone starts somewhere.
- The running blog community is freaking awesome. Awesome. Be part of it.
- Celebrate your achievements. I have an Inspired Endurance race tag for each of my marathons and will get another one after Cleveland. I wear them together on a necklace all the time. I also keep my medals displayed to keep me motivated.
What can you add to the list? Time to strike it rich. And get me a desk calendar.