Putting my best foot forward

I always try to set out by putting my best foot forward (another way of describing my philosophy of personal excellence) – though seeing the photos from my 70 kilometre training run last Friday, it’s a biit hard to figuire out which foot that would be!

I ran a great run, but the heat took it’s toll, despite my having set out at 5am. The humidity was terrible; by 5.30 am I was bathed in sweat, even though dawn was still far off. By 6.30 am I had water running down my legs and dripping off my clothes. Needless to say that by 9.30 when the sun was well on her way across the sky, my condition was worsening, and kept doing so until I finished my run.

Though I felt great training-wise, the effects of the heat were brutal. I developed a terrible heat rash on my feet, my cheast, my back and on my legs. The front of my calves looked as though I had been attacked my a swarm of angry mosquitos; I had large itchy red bumps all over them, and I was convinced this was due to some sort of bite. By Saturday morning I realised though that this too was just one more effect of the brutal condictions – another heat reaction. I developed blisters on both my feet (something wheich hardly ever happens), and not just any blisters, the one on my right foot was whopping, and very painful.

I have multiple abrasions from running for nearly nine hours in soaking wet shorts.

All these reactions have never happened to me in my training phase, only during my multi-day challenges. Training is becoming increasingly tough due to the fact that the weather conditions do not seem to be changing for the better.

Tomorrow I have a medium long run of about 40 – 45 kilometres. I will probably have to set out at dawn so as to escape the worst of the heat. But ofr my long run, as I found last week, even if I set off before dawn, the heat will still affect me terribly, regardless of what precautions I take.

Siscu came up with the only reasonable solution – to take advantage of these next few weeks to do my night trainings. As I will need to do a couple of night runs in preparation for my October challenge, I will do so now, so as to avoid daylight, and in turn the heat. It won’t take care of the humidity, but the effects shopuld be markedly less aggressive.

Apart from this solution, I will revert to wearing my legging, which, though hot and uncomfortable, do not seem to invite abrasions as much as my shorts do, when wet over long periods of time.

So a couple of extremely tough weeks await me with Thursday nights dedicated, not to rest, but to my long runs…

¡Kilometrate!

6 Responses to “Putting my best foot forward”

  • Frederic Guich:

    Yo también sudé mucho el viernes y aunque no sufrí ningún percance en los pies debo decir que cada dos por tres cambio las uñas, desde luego con mis pies no voy a ligar nunca, jajaja!!

    Mucha suerte Alex!

  • Quim:

    carai Alex!Menudo panorama! entre tus pies y los de Fede podemos montar un circo. Pues ahora os hablaré de los míos (jajaja). en el kilometraje del viernes 19 te acuerdas que te comenté que me había puesto unos compeed en un dedo de cada pié? pues al llegar a casa, con el calor del asfalto, el sudor, etc. mis pies parecían una cafetera, Los compeed quedaron doblados y pegajosos en mis dedos. Cuando intente sacarme el del pié derecho, mi piel decidió irse con el compeed (jajajaja, ahora me río pero en aquel momento no jajajaja). Total, que he estado una semana corriendo con cremas de cortisona y 50.000 inventos más. ah! y una uña llena de líquido y sangre. o sea que ya podemos montar un fantástico circo para que puedan venir a ver nuestros pies jajajaja.
    alex, si el rodaje largo de la noche del jueves al viernes pasas por Lloret ya avisarás de tus horarios por si podemos coincidir.
    cuidaros todos y a kilometrar!
    Quim

    • Alex:

      Será un circo de horror me parece, si los 3 juntamos los pies!
      El viernes, si que pasaré por Lloret, saldré por la misma ruta – simplemente desde 10 km mas allá…supongo cerca de Palamós.
      Trendré el GPS, pero antes te avisaré sobre mi hora de salida – será genial tener tu compañía, y además, siempre es bueno tener alguien a mi lado cuando estoy kilometrando por zonas de actividades de noche!
      Saludos y abrazos

  • estefi:

    seras una fantastica “luciernaga” naranja…. triste por tus pies , es año de dificil entrenar.Pero eres mujer de grandes soluciones,… mira Moratinos entrena de 3 a 9 y luego a dormir.
    Ganas de sabado.
    besos y km´s , amiga.

  • Alex:

    Si es un a̱o muy dificil para entrenar Рpero ya seguiremos sin parar!
    Abrazos y esperando verte el sabado!

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