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race day preparation – and getting out the tissues

Carbo loading, dutch courage, or confidence booster?

Carbo loading, dutch courage, or confidence booster?

Good morning.  So Race day tomorrow.

Been a rather interesting few days.  Diet adjustments, exercise adjustments, injury worries, and severe wet weather  for just a few.  Oh and the realisation that I only started training for this marathon a month ago…And when casually chatting with other seasoned runners, their eyes bulge at the “only a month ago” statement – can I cry for Mommy now?

So strangely enough my emotions have been all over the place, from happy and content, feeling secure and just okay, to nervous shaking hands, to sweaty feet (nooo), to being over attuned to every slight tweak ache or other in my body, to crying, hurt and tears and drama, to frustration.  I read up that the change in carbo loading can lead to these swings on top of all the other worries.  So I did what any sensible woman does – I had chocolate.  With carb and sugar loading aka chocolate eclair, long black and a good book.  The interesting added challenge I have with ensuring I have enough energy is my food intake.  So basically I do not eat fresh dairy products, egg products, not a fan of pasta, and have rice on occasion (ie less than once a month). Do not eat tomatoes or mushrooms.  So force feeding myself this carbo load is the most difficult challenge so far.  And been teaching myself to drink an energy drink – not normally a soda drinking or energy drinking kind of individual.  Sniff sniff, pass the tissues….

Feet Preparation

Well it has been wet and rainy.  Again.  So feet have not had a chance to harden up in the last couple of days, being wrapped up in shoes or running in the wet…these are not idyllic conditions.

day before race day, holes in my feet appear to have closed over enough

day before race day, holes in my feet appear to have closed over enough

Having had various bits of mother nature forcefully removed from my barefoot, I have had to have a chat with them to ensure the holes close over quickly.  Once the debris is removed it is no longer painful, but if you have any kind of cavity in your foot, when running dirt and bits get trapped in and build up, and that then causes pain.

Day before tape up to allow the plaster to settle and seal

Day before tape up to allow the plaster to settle and seal

I am taping my feet, which needs to be done today to ensure that the tape takes and sets on my feet.  Once the glue settles in and the tape really connects with the skin, you need to walk around and warm the tape to mould to your skin features. This is to ensure that on the day Plaster sticks to the feet and you do not get annoying bits of feeling something is stuck to your foot..

Okay, so this very inspirational video was shared on FB, and I am adding the link here!


About Dale-Lyn

Hi, I am in my mid forties and run barefoot. Mostly really barefoot, sans any form of foot protection. My claim to fame for this blog, is that I have run my first full marathon completely and really barefoot, in a respectable time of 4:16. Scroll through my posts and enjoy them - all with a good sense of humour too. My story is simply my story of running barefoot, brought about by all the various questions people ask me. I am not a specialist of any sort or any particular athlete or doctor or guru. I am an average woman who runs barefoot, enters a few club runs and a few fun runs. I run races from 5km to marathon. I love trail running, and include chats about my trail adventures. To date, although I only started running end of August 2013, I have done nearly 2000km, of that at least 1500km in barefeet. Real barefoot. No minimalist shoes. Although when I do run in shoes I use my zero drop mimimus ones (haha - they are my ONLY pair of running shoes..) The blog tells of my journey through life, on the road, barefoot. The journey my real barefeet go through when they connect with the road. The emotions my real barefeet bring out - in me, in passers by, in fellow runners. The aggressive reactions and debates as to the well being of the real bare-feet I run in. The passive acceptance of my real bare-feet and their exposure to the elements. The humour to show those real bare-feet of mine are not just a piece of running equipment, a statement, a leftie or a rightie, but real flesh and blood feet with real issues. An interesting post note..I commenced my first active run in August 2013 progressing sporadically. But it really was only from May 2014 that I started running on a consistent and slightly more serious note and slightly faster than walking pace. I am scheduled to run my Comrades Marathon in May 2015..that is a massive progression from walk/shuffle er um excuse me look at me run.. to aiming to run a World famous Ultra. Some one pinch me please!


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