Après Marathon: Lithia Loop

still smiling

After 7 miles of sustained uphill running: still smiling

Lessons learned from the marathon:

1. Always wear two watches. Phil (Garmin 405) refused to function after 2.7 miles. I was thankful I had a backup watch strapped to my other wrist.

2. Handheld water bottles are THE best. But they are only useful if you remember to drink regularly. Don’t forget the salt/electroltye tablets too. I recommend Hammer’s Electrolyte tabs. They made a gigantic difference for me.

3. The only thing better than hand-held water bottles are arm warmers. They rule. I love the practicality of arm warmers. They provide coverage, but you can pull them down if you get too hot. You can stuff them in a pocket. They are also handy for stashing GUs.

4. This is embarassing, but I chaffed in my armpits – gross! I think my arm warmers were to blame. Or maybe my furious arm swinging caused the rub. Either way, I’ll be bodygliding those areas in the future. I guess I keep relearning the same sacred lesson: You can never have too much BodyGlide.

5. Socks. Socks. Socks! I ran this race in DryMax socks and they rocked my trail running world. My feet were shot coming down the technical downhill section. Having a good pair of socks that weren’t miserable and wet made life in those last 4 miles much more bearable.

6. Trail runners are SO friendly. I spent a couple of hours after the race kicking it, eating some veggie soup and chatting up the volunteers and other race participants. It was SO much fun. We all had so much to say.

7. Need I say it again!? I ran a 3:36 on a very difficult course. I PR’d, had a great time and met some truly inspirational runners. What a great way to spend the weekend.


About heatherdaniel

I'm a runner, writer, eater and traveler.
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16 Responses to Après Marathon: Lithia Loop

  1. Roisin says:

    That’s such a cool picture of you…it could be straight out of Runner’s World! Congrats on the good race. I think I’m going to invest in some arm warmers now too!

  2. Hello Heather, thanks for the kind words about Drymax! I’m glad they are working so well for you. Congratulations on such a great result and a PR! I posted your result on our blog: http://www.drymaxsports.blogspot.com .

    Bob MacGillivray

  3. That sounds like an awesome run! Congrats on the PR and thanks for sharing your experience/lessons learned.

  4. Brooke says:

    Wow…7 miles uphill? How did you do that?? You look so calm and collected too!

  5. Rennaker says:

    Heather, I think you might need to use some more GLIDE under those arms to avoid that chaffing. Just go ahead and cover yourself in it to be safe for a race…;)

  6. Nice job, Heather. You rocked the trail race. I’m starting to buy into the whole arm warmer culture too, although I’ve never actually used it in a race yet.

  7. danica says:

    Love the post 🙂 You are amazing and that picture could be straight out of a magazine!

  8. Stephanie says:

    Your picture is awesome. I’m thinking you blow that bad boy up life size and post it on your wall. Have ag ood weekend.

  9. erareeve says:

    Spot on!!! I had the same experience recently with the arm warmers, but only on one side.

  10. Nat says:

    I have chafed my armpits. Body glide… don’t leave home without it.

    I adore that photo.

  11. Je n’ai pas souvenir d’une des photos prises au point “mile 7”. Peut-etre que tu avais l’air peu mieux que moi a ce moment-la. Dois-je couper le francais? Je deviner si je devais courir en France et a ete un ecrivain, je voudrais lire quelques Francais.

    Comment est-tu le sentiment d’une semaine apres la course?

  12. Lovely pic, Heather.

    I have a little surprise for you…on my blog.

  13. Ana-Maria says:

    Heather, I am anxiously waiting to hear how the second marathon went! Ana-Maria

  14. smchurchi says:

    OMG!! You look sooooo fantastic and you did such a fantastic time! Congrats, Heather! Sorry I’ve been out of touch…missed your blog lots!


  15. Laura says:

    Love the picture and congratulations on the great time! (Sorry so behind on catch up).

  16. Andrea Hill says:

    I have the same under-the-arm issue sometimes when I wear a singlet.. I never thought it was gross until right now… thanks! 😉

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