Mood: Freezing cold
Lessons learnt: Thermals are the only way forward
It’s week four of the dreaded marathon training and the freezing temperatures, gale force winds and constant rain are not helping at all.
When I set off at the weekend I wore thermals – base layers from Damart - which is something I’ve not done since a school-age skiing trip and they are probably the best thing I’ve ever owned. Not only was I warm pretty much throughout the run, they were comfortable and somehow didn’t leave me feeling like a sweaty mess by the end of it.
What I neglected to do in my excitement to get them on was put on gloves which has resulted in my knuckles turning a strange shade of purple and the skin on my hands starting to flake off.
I’ve also had a quick lesson in running nutrition as after my longest run yet of 10 miles, within hours I had developed pretty much the worst stomach cramp of my life which felt like my insides were being slowly twisted with a iron-like wrench. I’m yet to determine the cause but feel like the run is the obvious thing to blame. Next weekend (12 miles!!!) I’ll need to plan things better.
If you want to help please send your tips to me, anything from what to wear and how to stay warm to the best post-run exercises and stretches and what I should be eating and drinking. You can find me on Twitter at @rebecca_rutt or via email at Becky@whosjack.org. I’m running to raise money for the Stroke Association and you can motivate me (via donations) at my Virgin Giving page: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/RebeccaRutt