What Happens When No One Is As Crazy As You?

Running Broad Street, a Philadelphia 10 Miler with me, myself and I

And no, I don’t mean your mental health.  I mean more of those who think it’s an awesome idea to do 13.1 miles, 26.2 miles (like Ryan Hall, Deena Kastor and all the Kenyans and Ethiopians) and then some.  But what happens when you’re the only one of your friends/family who are doing this?  I always think about that.  I’ve had roommates who’ve said that they do longer distances or vow to run in order to keep their sanity during the academic year and then it falls by the wayside and it’s still, only me, running for long periods of time and figuring out when I’m doing my long runs.  And yes, people sometimes worry about me when I do have to run long distances on my own, thus my reason for signing up for whatever race over 5 miles while training for a marathon.  At least my parents are in peace of mine that there’s help and volunteers around should something happen to me.  But what else do you do?

The Road ID

I actually have 2, one that goes around my ankle and one that attaches to my shoe laces (since I never know which pair of shoes I’ll be wearing).  You can put your name, contact info, critical health/allergy info on it.  You also have the option of adding an interactive option where, heaven forbid you end up on the way to the hospital so dehydrated or hurt, you can add any extended medical info that can be accessed by medical personal by a pin # and a 800# should you be out of it completely.  Good thing to have and my parents appreciate it.  Best of all, you can usually find a coupon code for it when you search the internet that can be used on the RoadID website

 

The Race Bib

There’s good reason the back of the Race Bibs for insane runners (anything longer then like 5 miles) have info for you to fill out.  If you’re running a race without a posse, not a bad idea.  At least know about how long it takes you to run certain distances, tell your family them and call your parents when you’re done so  they can stop worrying and congratulate you on finishing your race

Hydration

Running a race and being under hydrated isn’t the best idea in the world so Gatorade/powerade and water will be your best friend in order to not pass out while your running (by yourself or not).  Take it from someone who finished the 2010 Chicago when it was 93*, I appreciated not feeling crampy, headach-y and not having double vision or that I didn’t have to stop for an IV on the course like so many runners did (I could just about walk but that’s what 26.2 miles will do to you

Where to Run

Running on your own can be tricky.  Recently on a surgery rotation, I was at the hospital everyday at 5 AM, meaning I was up at 4:30 and didn’t get done until 6 or 7.  This was an away rotation, so I didn’t know the area at all and ended up doing all my runs at the gym since there weren’t any safer places to run to begin with.  Know the areas you’re running in and run when there are people around, so if there is trouble, you’ll have a shot of people helping you.  Should you run at night, wear bright clothes or use some sort of light that attaches to your arm.  More than anything, be aware of any sort of creepers around or if there’s been recent suspicious activity where your running.  A gym membership can be your best friend.  That or search for a running group near you :-).

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About drrunner
6 time marathoner, 40 ish time 1/2 marathoner with a bucket list item to hit all 50 states. New title of BibRave Pro member so watch for discounts and products! Do what you love and love what you do!

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