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?
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:
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.]
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?
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?