Alex asked 3 questions:
Can you tell me a little bit more about losing your toe nails? For some months now, two of mine have become pretty much like blue stones, and I don’t know if they will fall off or just stay like that. What is your experience — do they hurt, when do they fall, how long before they grow back, and how do you hide the ugliness in the meantime?
My toenails that I lost were mostly because I get water blisters underneath my toenails and then it makes them disconnect (or whatever they do) and eventually fall off, so I don’t really have experience with black toenails. I have lost a lot of toenails over the years (except for my big two *knock on wood*) and they just haven’t really been the same since. My feet aren’t pretty, I am embarrassed to get pedicures and typically don’t wear open toed shoes like I used to. If I do I just try to paint them to make them more presentable and hope for the best!
Without going into TMI, can you tell me a little bit more about Body Glide — how to use it, where, etc.
I always body glide my inner thighs when wearing shorts to help them not ride up. This is something I have done forever and sometimes I wonder if it’s in my head now, but I am not willing to risk not wearing it to find out!
I also will body glide around my waist, specifically on my back, if I am wearing some sort of belt. The slight bouncing definitely causes chaffing!
In Boston I got chaffing underneath my arms really bad and it bugged me the entire race. I forgot about it and re-chaffed in the same spot at Big Sur. It wasn’t fun!! If it is raining and my feet might get wet I put lots on my feet in the arches and on my toes.
I think it just takes some learning the hard way to figure out where you might need it in the future. All you have to do is take off the lid and rub it on!
Can you say a little bit more what kind of exercises you do with the foam rollers and sticks?
I use my foam roller for my butt, quads, IT band and typically for my upper legs. The bottom 2 pictures are the main things I do, and also onto the front of my quads.
I use the stick mostly for my calves (top right), but also have used it on my upper legs especially if I am going somewhere and don’t want to carry around my foam roller.
The Trigger Point Kit is new and I use it pretty much everywhere. I have the starter set which includes the footballer and the ball. It’s GREAT on calves (upper upper left), on my upper legs and I use it a lot on my shoulders. I get really bad knots in my back/shoulder area and it helps to get the extra pressure on them to relieve some tension.
I’m training for my 2nd marathon, but before I booked it, I also signed up to do a half mary for charity. The half falls on the same weekend as my final 20miler would be – 3 weeks before. I’m thinking about doing a 20-21 the weekend BEFORE the half, then the 13, then another 20, then a 10 or so, then marathon. So it’d be more of a 2 week taper, rather than a 3. Do you think that’s wise?
I’ve heard some people say I should do my final long one 4 weeks before, but I’m very worried about my fitness dropping off, and I need all the confidence I can get! My recovery after my long runs on the last marathon were super, which gives me confidence. I also know the taper is meant to be about cutting down on the volume of training, so if I did do the 20 2 weeks before, but didn’t run as much in the week, do you think that’d be better / work?
Any advice from a 10 x marathoner and Boston-er would be appreciated!! (OH, and the half marathon is a massive event, one of the biggest in England and in central London, so it would be near impossible to run another 7 before / after it!)
This answer is purely based on my opinion and experiences, so what works for others and me might not work for you….
I was first going to suggest adding on before or after the race, BUT since that is out of the question AND you have ran a marathon before, I would probably do the 2 week taper. I actually have this coming up myself, before Portland and am debating on what to do. I have always done a 3 week taper but have often wondered if a 2 week taper would be better. I think as long as you don’t push too hard on your last 20 and just super taper the next 2 weeks you will be fine since you have a history of recovering fast from long runs, etc. If this was your first marathon the answer would probably be a different one.
Definitely listen to your body when the time comes and make sure you are keeping your #1 goal in front of you.
Anyone else have any insights on this?
Is it true!? Are you also an East Bay-er?! Either way, you have an amazing race history. What race was your fave? Did you love Eugene? I did Eugene this year and thought it was a near-perfect race.
Yes I am an Easy Bay-er! Eugene I would have loved since it was beautiful, very well organized and in a fun place, but it was a very tough heart breaking race for me. I still have revenge to take out on that course one of these years!
here’s my other questions: how did you (and Page, if you know), become SF marathon ambassadors? I feel so out of the loop, as another bay area blogger and marathoner!
SFM was asking for Ambassador applications so I just applied! I follow and interact with them pretty closely on facebook and twitter and I saw it on there when they were looking for them.
My question for you: It seems like you run most of your runs slower than your goal pace. How many miles/runs per week do you try to run at goal pace? Also have you always had this type of training plan… run a lot of miles and slow them down?
I don’t have a very specific answer, but yes generally I do most of my runs slower than goal pace unless they are tempo or intervals or things on that order. I have done things a little differently for each marathon I have trained for, but talk about some of my general training paces in this post.
When I do run at goal pace, it’s on prescribed runs or towards the end of runs typically, but it really just depends. Since I do run higher mileage, I have to make sure to keep some of my runs slower to avoid injury and overtraining.
My current training plan has it’s own page too!
Any advice on how to make the leap, so to speak, from half marathon to full marathon? I’ve still never really ran more 12-13 miles at once and its pretty daunting to think of adding another 13-14 to it.
I might not be the best person to ask this since I jumped from no running to marathon training. The whole reason I started running was to train for a marathon, so I might be a little biased.
I think you just have to believe in yourself. If you really want to run a marathon, you can make it happen. You have to put in the time and the work, but it’s so worth it. If you can find a group or friends to train with, that is the best way to go for the first one, but really just wanting to do it and believing that you will are the biggest obstacles.
On a completely separate post Tia asked:
Just curious… What do the Punk Rock Racing shirts look like?
Since I failed on putting a picture up on the donut run post, here is a picture of the new limited edition Punk Rock Racing shirts! It’s a new fit and I really like it a lot. A lot, a lot. Thank you Ron!
Do you have anything to add to the answers above?
I love hearing other people’s experiences and they can help with the runner’s questions above too, so feel free to weigh in!
Any other questions???