|Homemade Liberty Running Kit Bag (see below- I am Currently Clothes Preoccupied)|
The dogs and I went for a 5k run round the fields first this morning in the wind and mud :o) I was slow and it was a tad heavy going because of the state of the ground and the wind nearly blowing me off my feet, but The Knees were fine. I heard a Yellowhammer singing. First one this year. All these Heralds Of Spring, eh?
I'm dithering about what to wear for the Cub. M rolls his eyes at this. His standard kit for all runs, regardless of time of year, weather and duration is shorts and a t-shirt. He may (occasionally) make a brief nod to extremely inclement weather by putting on a long sleeved tee or a light-weight waterproof, but I can't remember him ever not running in shorts.
I don't like being too warm when I run. I'd rather be a fraction too cold than too hot. So I'm thinking shorts and a tee and take a waterproof to tie round my waist. BUT, I've known the weather for the Grizzly/ Cub to be horrendous. And I mean horrendous. One year we had biting hail, another, friend Louise and I sat in a cafe waiting for our men to finish the run watching bins throwing themselves down the street and signs, uprooted from outside shops, tearing past the window. The year after that it poured with rain the entire time, and another time, Lynne and I sat on the sea wall with the kids sunbathing.
And then there's the question of footwear: Trail shoes or Fells? It all depends on how wet it's been. There is some roadwork but most of it is off road. I'll take both and decide when I get there.
I'm expecting to be out running 1.5-2 hours, depending on the conditions. If it was 45 mins I wouldn't trouble myself worrying about getting the kit right, I'd go in minimal stuff and put up with it if I got wet and cold, but running for 2 hours is different. Friend Peat (experienced ultra-runner) once came as close as you'd want to be to hyperthermia running a Half Marathon in bad weather. I saw him a few minutes after he'd finished and he really didn't look good, so this isn't an idle preoccupation. The Grizzly website is also very blunt and no-nonsense about the need to respect the terrain and the weather and to come prepared for everything the exposed coast in early March can chuck at you. The last thing they need is to be pulling idiots who've not trained enough or got the right kit on off the hills. Given that this will be my first experience of the Cub I want to take it seriously.
So what do you all think? What would you wear for a nine mile, fairly tough course in the south of the UK in early March?
I've nearly got the all-clear from the Physio. Yesterday's session of Thumb Of Death in the tendons was only very slightly painful- a big improvement from a fortnight ago when I was climbing the walls sweating at how much it hurt to have a thumb stuck in it. The acupuncture needles only produced a mild grumble and The Knees themselves barely ached after the treatment. I can now do yoga on my knees, which I couldn't two weeks ago. I had no trouble from The Knees after Sunday's 10k either. There was no pain at all afterwards, and I'm fine after this morning's run too and I'm no longer wearing the patella bands during the day, so I think they're healing up. I've got a 5 mile race this weekend while M does a Half Marathon, then I'm planning one more 5k mid-week before resting up Thursday, Friday and Saturday and then it's race day on Sunday. Cautiously, I think we're on for The Cub!
Just the question of what to wear remaining...... (how very female of me).
Hope you're all well?