Run Naked…it is harder than it looks

28 Sep

Yesterday was my last run before my first tri this weekend and I ran NAKED.  Okay, I wasn’t literally naked, I am too self conscious to run in just a sports bra let alone naked.  But I was without some of my running essentials and I felt naked.

I want to simulate the run section of the race so I ran without socks…

and without an iPod.

No iPod - Race Style

I really, really missed the iPod.  I NEVER run without it and I have even been know to sneak it in on races.  Shhh!  I was a firm believer that I would run slower without it.  Music revs me up and distracts me so I can’t hear my breath.  I haven’t previously tested me theory, but I firmly stood behind it.  As I was walking from my house to the lake, I felt alone and vulnerable and I am not being dramatic.  It was like waiting for a friend or date at a bar with out a drink, “what do I do with my hands”.  I was thinking that people are looking at me, seriously I am this paranoid.  As I waited for the light to change to cross the street I just stood there, typically I would be flipping through my playlist…”do I feel like girl power or grunge…”  But now I had nothing to do…Oh, stretch….I will stretch, look like you belong…

I also thought that I might want to race with a water bottle.  I typically do not bring hydration with me for anything under 5 or 6 miles, but since I LOVE to drink salt water when I swim (read sarcasm, but I do drink an absurd amount of water) I knew I would be thirsty, so I thought I would give it a whirl.  I bought this cute little hand-held water bottle and I was forward thinking enough to know that I need to try it out at least once before the race.  I was concerned I would scrunch up my arm and tense my shoulder.

Cute Little Hand Held Water Bottle

Results:

No socks: I have run without socks during bricks, so this wasn’t totally new, BUT I ran in my new Asics with my insoles and the insoles rubbed against my toes and I started developing a blister.  Verdict, go without the insoles for the race (I do run short distances in my Nike’s without the insoles, maybe I will run in my Nike’s instead…although they are not as cute…game time decision)

No iPod: I WAS RIGHT!  I do run slower without the iPod and my mind wanders a lot more.  I don’t concentrate on my form and I blog in my head (does anyone else do that or am I crazy?) Verdict: I can’t race with the iPod, so I have to suck it up.  I am thinking that in a race setting, my pace will be faster just to keep up with the stronger runners.

Water bottle: I HATED running with something in my hand.  On long runs I have always sported the very sexy hydration belt because I love the way it accents my hips and I feel like a running cowboy with holster of water.  Like a vigilante waging a war against dehydration and bonking.  I digress… When I started running I had a tendency to tense up my shoulders, so I knew that this was a distinct possibility that the water bottle might wreak havoc on my shoulder and I was right.  This morning I woke up with some pain in between my shoulder blades.  It also changed my rhythm and ultimately I feel my form.  Yes, a little water bottle threw off the whole run!  So, no water bottle during race.  I will take advantage of the provided water and I am sure that will be fine for a short 5K.

Tonight is my last spin class, I would like to get on the actual bike but that doesn’t work with my schedule 😦 and then Thursday is my last swim in the ocean with Trainer Ali!  Whoo hoo!  Sunday will be here before we know it!

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One Response to “Run Naked…it is harder than it looks”

  1. molly September 29, 2011 at 2:40 pm #

    I love cowboy holsters of water! You are going to be amazing on Sunday even naked! Love you!

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