The North Carolina State Fair is here through the weekend when it will end on Sunday in the usual nightly show of fireworks. My friend Emily and I met up at the fair one afternoon. It was the first time she had brought her two young kids to a fair, and it was quite an adventure.
I'll be honest: I struggled my first time in a running group. I found it mentally exhausting to both push through my longest runs of my life and feign interest in others' personal lives for hours. But I pushed through, took some time to develop as a runner independently, and now have some thoughts on being a running group mentor.
"I think this may be the most unique beginning to a book reading, well, ever!" the woman at The Regulator Bookshop announced as she introduced Nicole Sarrocco for her book reading of Ill-Mannered Ghosts, the latest book in Sarrocco's Occasionally True series. Around the room the audience chuckled, from friends and family to former students to the "NCSSM Blast Band" that accompanied Sarrocco on her march down Ninth Street from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics where Sarrocco teaches.
After I ran my very first half marathon in November 2014 I went back to the AirBnB rental, hopped in the shower, and screamed. I hadn't realized during the run that my sports bra had been chafing me for several miles, and when I finally took a shower the water rinsed all my sweat and salt into the bloody wound. Yeah, they don't have that saying "to rub salt in a wound" for nothing. The best way to handle chafed bits is to prevent chafing in the first place. Here are some tips!