1. I did a trail running marathon about two weeks ago and suffered pretty good from the beloved "monkey butt" and some groin chafing because I forgot to put anything on.
I just ran another 27.5 miles of trail this Saturday...I applied a thin coat of Desitin diaper rash cream (10% zinc oxide) and ran like a champ without a single issue, during or after.
Even cheaper is straight zinc oxide- a 2 oz. tube is about $2.00.
Compare that to Body Glide- all hype I think.
2. Also just found that Zombierunner.com has a continuous supply of Leukotape P for $8.95 a roll (it's always out of stock here).
3. I've really begun to realize the power of mental toughness in longer distances. Not that training doesn't play a role, but...
Don't think you can run 28 miles? Pick a route that takes you 14 miles into the woods AWAY from home, make plans, and promise everyone you'll be back for lunch. Get up at 4 A.M., start running, and don't look back. Now you have to run 28.
Don't give yourself any outs, physical or otherwise
4. I don't think this distance/ultra thing is well suited for anything but going solo. The more I run alone, the more I begin to feel I couldn't do it with anyone else (not that this is an issue, just thinking aloud). In many ways I think company would screw with my head, my pace, and the overall vibe.
I'm looking at doing an upcoming "official" 50K, but I'm seriously a little psyched out by the thought of all the people. It's not a competition/pace thing; I'm simply afraid it'll keep me from getting into my proper headspace. I really like the idea of unsupported long runs.
I'm beginning to question if I should bother with anything "official". Why run "official" when I can put on a pack and go it alone? Recognition? Competetion? Do I need it?
Why do you do it?
Funny...the other day a student of mine (I teach high school) asked what I run for. As in, what charity. I told her I run alone.
She seemed disappointed.
At one point on my run this weekend I came to a peak and the sky felt really big and I felt like a speck in a vast wilderness and everything was beautiful.
I thought about her question and realized that I run because one day I'm going to die.
That's the best answer I can come up with so far.