Today’s long run was definitely better than last week’s. We managed the 18kms (3 laps of the Tan and a lap of Albert Park lake) without too much difficulty. And we knocked 25 minutes off the time even doing an extra km – of course not having to stop and limp helped a lot.
The fortress of elastoplaster on my heel kept the blister from hurting and the skins kept my legs compressedly warm. I’d actually like to say that the skins made a huge difference to my running since they cost a small fortune but it’s hard to say. They definitely made a difference though when it poured down with rain then turned windy – at least my bottom half felt okay. I’ve kept them on since I got home and my legs feel spritely – I even tidied my room and have been pottering around instead of sitting around groaning.
You know, I feel really good about today’s run. I mean 18 km is only 3 km or so short of the half marathon distance. If I can run 18 km, I can most definitely run 21. I just need to run it faster. Of course we did have a few stops – to remove clothes after the first lap and to do a blister check after the second lap.
The whole band aid/elastoplaster industry is such a gyp – do they make products that actually stick? I used to buy the elastoplaster in a roll which was awesome and stayed on until you got the courage to pull it off but apparently they’ve stopped making it. I spent nearly $30 at the chemist on blister related products and, while it kept me out of pain for the run, they kept sliding around. I’m not sure what the best solution is but I’m thinking gaffer tape.
Anyway, since my Amazon dvds turned up today, I’m thinking of doing a “10 minute yoga solution” to really stretch out the legs then a shower.