Running in the Rain with Chafe

Running in the rain for my last run in Japan until August!

Soaked but still smiling!

I am not in great shape!  I have chafing on my left arm where my armband for my iPhone goes.  I alternate using the armband with a bumbag and that has given me stomach chafe.  I’m still using the same sports bras I bought 18 months ago on my last visit to Australia and now that I’ve lost a bunch of weight, they move around a lot whilst I’m running so to top it all off, my chest is covered in bandaids!

It is time to upgrade some gear!  New sports bras, new stick of body glide, new shoes, may be even some new running pants too.  It is a good thing the yen is doing well against the Aussie dollar!

6 x 800m fast with 30 s of walking in between

6 x 800m fast with 30 s of walking in between

Today was my last run in Japan until August.  It has not stopped raining since I got up at 5:30am and the forecast is for rain all day.  So, I ran in the rain!  With the half marathon looming at the end of August, I don’t feel I can miss a single training run.  I did an interval run today and I was happy with my splits as I was aiming to keep the 800m intervals under a 5:30 pace and I did.

My next run will be an easy 5 km run in Perth tomorrow evening.  Hopefully, despite being winter, it won’t be so wet!

111 Days to Go

Today is Sunday and Sunday equals distance!  Today I ran 13 kms.  This is the longest I’ve run so far this year.  You can check out my stats below or click on the picture to go to my RunKeeper page.

Now that the distance is increasing, my tight calves are becoming more of a hindrance, so I started doing some research into the problem.  It turns out that the problem could probably be solved by wearing good shoes and stretching a lot.  Not just before and after the run, but several times during the day.  I came across a lot of very dodgy looking videos on how to do this.  Here is a small selection.


I don’t know why, but all the videos seem to be made with the same poor quality camera work and be presented by Australians who are clearly winging it script-wise.  Despite this, for the last few days I’ve been stretching my calves at every opportunity in preparation for today’s run.

As for the shoes, I bought a new pair yesterday.  Unfortunately, although I bought the shoes in a sports store and I had successfully communicated to the salesman who didn’t speak English, that I wanted running shoes, he never put me on one of those machines that look at how your foot is when running.  To his credit, he did manage to find a pair to fit my gigantic western feet and give me a ¥4000 (~AUD $40) discount.

So when I ran today, my calves were much improved but my feet are now the problem.  Both my feet went to sleep and my right foot felt like there was a marble pushing on the ball of my foot.  When I finished the run, I removed my shoe and checked, but there was no such marble inside.

And finally, my underarm chafe is just getting worse!  Today I got new iPhone band chafe on one arm and t-shirt rubbing chafe on the other.  It won’t be long before I will need to start bandaging my arms before running.

On the upside though, apart from discomfort in my feet and arms, I didn’t feel tired really at all during the run.  I never got out of breath as I kept running at a comfortable pace and although the distance is a long way short of the 21 kms I will eventually need to do, I am beginning to feel quietly confident that I may be getting a train home on race day and not an ambulance.

121 Days to Go

I have a cold and a pair of tight calves but I didn’t let that stop me from going for my Thursday run with the fabulous KimSpiration (one of my running partners).  My SmartCoach had me down for 8km speed work run.  This was hard.  The run went as follows:

  1. 1.5 km warm-up – easy pace
  2. 1.5 km fast – this means fast enough for it to be uncomfortable to talk but not a sprint
  3. 750 m recovery – easy pace
  4. 1.5 km fast – to be honest, this wasn’t all that fast because I was still buggered from the first fast interval
  5. 750 m recovery – (very) easy pace
  6. 2 km cool-down – managed to get back into a comfortable rhythm and ended the run feeling pretty good

You can check out the route and my times etc on my RunKeeper page.

All this running has started to take its toll on my body.  I’ve been carrying my phone with me so that I can track my runs and to do that I wear an armband.  I noticed after my long run last week, that the armband had given me a nasty case of underarm chafe.   It doesn’t look like much, but let me tell you that this stings like a bitch when you have a shower after the run!

Several years ago, I was running in the Perth City to Surf with my sister Terri and we had just completed about half of the race, when I had to stop at the first-aid post to pick up a bandaid for such a serious case of underarm chafe, that it had drawn blood.  It turns out that there is a surprisingly large amount of paperwork involved in picking up a bandaid during the City to Surf, so our stop at the first-aid station seriously affected our race times.  Terri wasn’t happy as I recall.

Anyway, the weather has turned cooler so I’ve been running with a jumper on since the weekend and the armband over top of that.  This has solved the problem of the chaffing.  Tonight, however, it was a bit warmer so I decided to run in just a t-shirt.  I wore the armband on the other arm to avoid aggravating Sunday’s chafe but unfortunately I’ve chafed up that arm too now.

I’ve run out of arms to wear my armband on!  God knows where I’m going to put it for my long run on Sunday.

My first week of working and training is nearly over and so far, so good.  I will do a short 3 km tomorrow before school as I’m going to an important meeting after school off campus.  Then a long run on Sunday before going to school for the Food Fair.  I’ll be able to justify eating anything I want.  I can’t wait!