Tomorrow morning bright and early is the start of the Tuna Run 200! Of course I'm packing right now. So here's my final packing list!
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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.
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!
Who wants to write a user guide on Sunday mornings when you can go hiking?! My dad came over for a "Sunday Stroll" a few weeks ago and we explored Harris Lake County Park in Wake County over by the Shearon Harris nuclear plant. I'm used to visiting the park for disc golf and McCrae sometimes mountain bikes at the park, but this was the first time we were going to explore the walking trails.
Ah, the long run: Hours outside on tired legs while you try to convince yourself that you're not crazy (well, you are, but not in a bad way, right??). Sometimes you end up with long runs where the weather is perfect, the birds are chirping, the light is golden, the company is great, and you feel like you could go for miles and miles more after you've finished your run. These sort of blissed-out runs are a reminder of why we run in the first place: in pursuit of that quietly joyous mental state. But recently I've been stressed out in the morning grabbing all the items I need for my long run, so here's my list of 5 essential items!