Great Ocean Road Marathon Training Week 1: 29/12 - 4/1
Run 1: 6km 31/12
Run 2: 21.1km 3/1
Other: 2 x PT Sessions; 1hr walk, 30 min walk.
Feeling: Slow, pudgy, nervous!!
First week of training was pretty basic. I did the long run Saturday morning starting at 5.45am as it was already 28 degrees C with a hot north wind forecast!!! I hate running in the wind, but chances are the GORM will be windy so I really need to get over that!!!
Had my parents not been staying (I gave them our room as it has air-conditioning) & had I left more clothes out I think I would have piked & gone to the gym & done a combo of running, bike & rowing. I must have woken up 10 times during the night & heard the wind & stressed about whether or not I could do it & planing the gym alternate!!!!
As it was, I'd gotten out a crop & shorts only - yup there was lots of flesh going on. I figured at that hour & considering the conditions there wouldn't be too many people out to frighten!! But there was no way I was walking into my gym wearing so little (they have camera's LOL) - so stick to the plan it was!!! I froze the hand held drink bottles which was genius on my part & worked a treat. As did running through the sprinklers watering the lawn in the park :-)
Once I got going I was OK, although it was a bloody slow run made slower by stopping to use the bathroom - I think I was still processing Christmas food LOL.
Ended up with a bit of chafe on my thighs & on one arm pit. It was only starting to bother me at around 18kms. The furtherest I've run in shorts is 10kms & without bother. I think I need some longer shorts to try out, as the ones I have are quite short. I've only run in a crop once before, & that was only the last few kms as I was in a long sleeve top & was just too hot. I usually wear a singlet & haven't had any chafing. A first time for everything I guess.