Friday, August 31, 2007

Finding new places to chafe

Friday 10.0 miles/1:28:20/8:50 average pace

Woke up super early again this fine Friday and ran the first 4 with Zach. It was dark out but already very warm and the air is so dry my mouth felt parched! I smartly brought my fuel belt w/ a bottle of water so I stayed hydrated. I ran 6 more miles solo as the sun came up and there were lots of people out trying to beat the heat that's been burning us up lately. I felt really good overall and consistently ran 8:40-8:55 pace.

I was feeling so good that I really didn't want to stop and fix what I thought was a rock in the top of my shoe. I was almost home so I just let it grind away at my flesh for the last 20 minutes. Well, it turned out to be the end of my shoelace (that little plastic tip) and it really did dig a wee hole in my foot. And it was bleeding. WTF!?!?! I thought I'd chafed every possible square inch of skin but apparently not. Now I see so many more possibilities... sunglasses that chafe your temples perhaps? Watchband chafing on the wrist? Oh wait, I think I've had that. Note to self: don't ignore stinging pain.

Last night we went for a nice hard bike ride: 8.0 miles/33:15/14.4 MPH

That doesn't seem fast but we were pushing into the headwind from hell on the out portion, and dodging pedestrians on the back. I see why people ride on the roads. Oh and the air is sooooo dry, I felt like my eyeballs were going to shrivel up and fall out! :( The other orifices on my face was in danger as well. Note to self: hmmm.... ok there's nothing I can do about that one.

This weekend is going to be full of all kinds of good ol' American Labor Day stuff- hiking, bbq ing, beer drinking. I can't wait! Have a great weekend everyone.


Amanda said...

Every time I think I've chaffed or scratched every inch.. I find something a random sports bra rubbing off skin on my back, what is that!

Fran said...

I've learned that lesson the hard way. Anytime something begins to rub the wrong way, fix it, or else it'll be a lot worse later. Happy labo(u)r day!

Kevin said...

Another mention in F'dip girl! ;-)

Very cool email to Steve.

miss petite america said...

i feel like such a wuss complaining about the heat since our summer has been so mild. but hotdog! it has been uber hot! way to get out there and kick ass!