"Life is not about how fast you run or how high you climb but how well you bounce."
Solution: Let me tell you that I found a solution to the bra chafing below the breasts. On my long run today, I lathered on some "Ihle's paste" usually used for diaper rash. This worked wonderfully, no chafing and the skin was soft as a baby's bottom after my run, even with some crazy rain :) It's a very thick paste and you basically have to wipe it off your fingers with a paper towel, because it doesn't wash off easily. But, I tried it earlier this week for the first time and it washes off the bra in the machine and it gets pretty much absorbed into the skin during the run. Perfect!
Health update: This weeks running went really well, but the lungs were giving me a hard time and so after meeting with my pulmonary specialist on Friday, I am back on prednisone for 10 days. Things have not gone so well since I tried to go off Xolair...and it has become clear that I must stay on it (I get two injections every four weeks). I started back up again in July and hopefully it'll eventually get me back on track and keep me off prednisone. For those of you who don't know, on top of my asthma, I was also dealing with vasculitic hives and we figured out that the Xolair was keeping that in check too, as I had two outbreaks during the Xolair-break. So Xolair stays, perhaps forever.
32Km today: It started out perfectly. There were severe storm warnings and heavy rain warnings, but when I left the house at 7:15am this morning, it was perfect running weather. I ran the first 17K by myself, with no music and just enjoyed the scenery and the feeling of strength in my body. Uber H then joined me for the next 15K, well at least that was the plan.
Here I am at 20K, I've actually put on my ice necklace at this point, because the heat was rising.
In case you don't know about the ice necklace, it's a scarf that I put ice-cubes into and wrap around my neck. It works wonders keeping me cool in the heat!
At 24K, the downpour was excessive and the thunder and lightning were getting a little closer.
Yeah...no more need for the ice necklace.
C'est la vie!
We ended up pausing under an overpass for about a minute, but it seemed to get a BIT better, so we took off again. By the time we came by our house we were at 27K and the rain was almost stopped, but Uber H decided to call it a day, he was getting an achy back. I continued by myself and stayed in the neighborhood in case it started to storm again. So far, I was still feeling great.
Then when I reached 30Km, I got a strange cramp in my right foot and it hurt when I pushed off. I ran in the last two K non-stop as the pain was bearable and I decided it was best to finish as soon as possible.
I did it!
Umm yeah, that was supposed to be 3 and 2 for 32, not 23 :) Oops!
I am super proud of my pace...32K at 7:02m/Km. For me, that is really good!
I've been icing like crazy, even took an ice bath...and I hope that the foot is all better real soon. I used to get very panicky when I would feel pain on a run, because it would invariably turn into an injury. However, over this training cycle, although I have felt some pain in different parts of my body on my very long runs. Ice and rest always did the job and so far, I have never felt any pain in the same body part twice in a row. For example, when I ran my 30K, I felt pain in my right knee at the end. Today, no pain AT ALL in the knees, but some foot pain at the end. Other times I felt hip pain or a different kind of foot pain (more like a tightness under the foot - this is not at all that type of pain). This new pain feels more like a cramp and I get little darts of pain when I push of, even when walking. So ice and rest the next two days and then we'll take it from there. I feel hopeful that all will be good and that I'll be back out there soon. Even if I have to take it a little easier.
The Plan: The next two weeks are moderate on the training schedule, then there is full on taper week, and then it'll be September 25th and I will be at the start for the Montreal Marathon and will, hopefully, become a marathoner before the day is over (much before it's over :)).
Good luck to everyone racing this weekend!! Lots of cool races and I can't wait to read all about it.