Yesterday I did 9 miles (or just a little over, I don’t 100% have faith in my mapmyrun app).
I ran from Prospect Park in Brooklyn to the Williamsburg Bridge (went about 1/3 of the way over) and then back again to Prospect Park. It was quite a run with hills and humidity. I actually felt great up until about 6.5 miles.
At 6.5 miles, I started feeling the chafing under my left arm (boo) and had to rest my arm on my hip to avoid further chafing. At that point, chafing was also beginning under my right arm. As a result, for quite some time – I was running with both my arms on my hips. That really made me incredibly tired. I learned, in a way I will never forget, how important arms are while running! Not being able to use them to help guide my stride really exhausted me.
My coach, Jen, joined me on the last portion of my run. God love her for dealing with my whining, moaning and my desire to quit the last miles back to the park. She really exercised great patience with me and kept encouraging me to work on my mental game. “Don’t say you can’t do it, tell yourself that you are doing it!” I really did have to hug that thought tightly in order to get back.
I was so grateful when this run was over… but now, I know I can do it… so the next 9 miles I run, there will be no excuses and no whining! Yesterday was great preparation for my 10 mile race next weekend….
Oh, and regarding the chafing. I have received recommendations for Body Glide and Aquaphor. You slather it on your “problem chafing” areas prior to a long run. I will be giving that a try before the long run next weekend.
Side bar!!! Tonight I am having a happy hour fundraiser in Brooklyn. I am hoping I have a turnout so I can boost my fundraising thermometer. For more information, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/137033306437415/
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