Running + Blogging: Three Days, Three Lessons

I’ve only been at this Run With Holly Blog thing for a few days now, but I’ve already learned some valuable lessons.  Since sharing with you all is the name of my (new) game, here ya go:

1. When preparing for a photo, always look at your hands and ask yourself: What is in my hands?  Do I want what’s in my hands to be in the photo?  I took a quick pre-run photo the other day.  I was totally OK with photographing my un-showered self, my crazy hair, and my weird squinchy-face.  But I was so concerned about the angle, where I was looking, and all the bright light behind every mirror in our house, that I neglected to notice I was holding some goodies in my non-camera hand.  The result?

Picture of Holly, with a banana peel and socks in hand.

Yes, that’s right – because you totally wanted to see my icky banana peel. And my socks.

2. If the humidity is high, don’t stop, unless you want a sweat-fest in your eyes.  I’ve done plenty of running in the heat and humidity, and I often wear a cap to keep the sweat out of my eyes.  Unfortunately, I left the cap at home for this short workout.  And I don’t often come to a complete stop during my workouts, until the very end.  And I learned that if I stop running (but keep sweating) in the humidity (no evaporation), I very quickly experience a river of sweat flowing directly into my eyes.  Which then water.  Which I then rub.  With my sweaty hands.  Cue vicious cycle.  All because I wanted to photograph this:

Secret trail entrance to MacRitchie Reservoir

One minute, you’re on a residential street. Two steps off the street, and you see…a secret entrance onto the MacRitchie Reservoir trail loops!!!!

So from now on: CAP. ALWAYS.  And I may actually start sporting a handkerchief tied around my wrist as a sweat-wiper.  Because when your arms are sweaty and your shirt is soaked, there’s just nowhere else to wipe the sweat.  [I hope you aren’t shy about sweat. I have a feeling we’re going to be talking a lot about sweat, and sweat management, and probably other bodily functions as they relate to running, over here.]

Salomon XAComp5 tongue rubs my ankle

The right sock was juuuuust high enough. The left one? Not so much.

3. Don’t let your blogging excitement distract you from making the proper sock choice.  I know, I know – rookie mistake.  But those socks in the top photo?  The ones I grabbed because I was in a hurry to get going, and they were already slightly worn?  They really  weren’t an ideal match for the morning’s trail sneakers.  The trails I was running were moderately technical – no single track, but lots of gullies and loose rocks.  So I chose my Salomon XA Comp5’s – for me, these are a good trail “generalist”.  But the tongue on the sneaker is a tad high, and a little rough.  My socks were low cut.  See the problem?

Ankle blister

Yeah, yeah, I know – it’s hardly a quiver on the Athlete Injury Scale.  But look at my sexy ankle!

Maybe I felt a little rubbing during my run, but I didn’t think much of it – until I stepped in the shower.  The shower is, of course, The Great Chafing Illuminator.  You might not have felt that little spot while you were running, but don’t you worry – the water will find it, and let you know it’s there.  And boy did I dance when the water hit my unsuspecting ankle.  Sure enough, I’m now sporting this little chafe-spot.  But my point is – I have never, ever had this problem before.  Perhaps my trail shoes are jealous of the new blog?  Don’t worry, shoes – I won’t let this new relationship ruin our dates.  I promise!

So there you have it, folks.  Three days of blogging, three lessons learned. If I keep going at this rate, I’ll be brilliant by next year!!  Winning.

So help me out, fellow bloggers: What were your first lessons learned as a blogger?

3 thoughts on “Running + Blogging: Three Days, Three Lessons

  1. Kim

    A couple of things: 1. I am a non-runner, but I have heard that the banana peel helps avoid chafing? Personally, I feel like that’s a giant lie…but I have heard that. 2. Blister stick (anti-chafing stick) is the most amazing thing ever created. I wear it to combat chafing/blisters from high heels. Amazing. A bit of anti-perspirant may also do the job. 3. I believe there is also an anti-sweat spray for your face/hands that could help the eye problem. 🙂

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    1. Holly KN Post author

      1. I think I have some banana research to do…I have never, ever heard of this. But I’m intrigued. Maybe my banana was trying to tell me something. (And now THAT sounds vaguely dirty.)

      2. I do use Body Glide on my likely-to-chafe places; I think it’s a lot like Blister Stick. But short of slathering myself in it, I don’t know how to avoid chafing in unexpected places…

      3. Anti-sweat spray? Hm. I’m rather curious/scared to figure out how that works. More research!

      *sigh* Ms. Kim, WHY do you give us so much homework? 😉 Seriously, though, 2 out of 3 I’ve never heard of. Kudos. Kudos…

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