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10/28/12 11:19 P

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The race was great. The day started out with a beautiful sunrise and only got better as we ran down the canyon amid the colorful leaves. My clothes were perfect. I was a little cold before the race started, but once we got moving it was perfect. I took the jacket off about mile 6. I'm glad you all mentioned gloves. They worked out great.

When I finished yesterday I was glad it was done but decided there was no way I wanted to do another one. Now that a day has passed, I'm reconsidering. I guess I have a short memory or something, because now I'm looking forward to the next one. I have one in mind in April, but I may do one earlier if I can find one I like.

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10/27/12 11:32 P

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Well, how did your race go?

I got some Duck Tape with flames on it, and it stuck to my shoes until about Mile 7, but my feet were getting a little hot at that point, so it was no big deal that it came off. I'm thinking that it needs to be applied in a warm environment to stick well, and also, the flashy colored stuff isn't as sticky as good old fashioned silver duct tape.

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10/26/12 8:55 P

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If you're careful, you shouldn't feel anything. The screws shouldn't be too long, of course. You may need to play around with placement. For example, if you put them close to the edge, the middle will sag. (I found that out personally!)


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10/26/12 3:52 P

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Thanks all for the excellent advice! You are absolutely correct ON2VICTORY, I definitely should have done my training in adverse weather. It seems like a no-brainer that it should have been done, but perhaps I don't have my brains all the time :) I'll do better about getting outside of my comfort zone and running outdoors more often.

PASTAFARIAN, that is a great idea about the duct tape. I'll be picking some up tonight. That is very ingenious with the screws. Can you feel the screws when you run? I guess the alternative is risking a slip on the ice, so slight discomfort from screws is probably minor.

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10/26/12 1:10 P

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Thanks Pastafarian. I will pick up some duct tape tonight. Maybe in zebra stripes or one of the flash colors that are available now. It's looking like it's going to be kind of yucky tomorrow!

Voluntary Discomfort is the secret cornerstone of strength. We build our whole lives around increasing comfort and avoiding discomfort, and yet by doing so we are drinking a can of Weakness Tonic with every morning’s breakfast. ~Mr. Money Mustache
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10/26/12 12:31 A

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Dress for about 20 degrees warmer than the air. You will warm up. Dress in layers wear gloves and a hat.

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10/25/12 9:48 P

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KAPELAKIN, Don't fear duct tape. It comes off quite easily; doesn't harm the finish of the shoe. (Over the years, I've done this to many shoes and with different kinds of tape - even Gorilla-brand duct tape comes off readily.) I believe it is because the toe box is mostly mesh so there's not a lot for the glue to grab on to. And the limited area that isn't mesh is shiny slick material - which also is difficult for the glue to adhere.


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10/25/12 6:47 P

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Definitely wear gloves. You can always take them off and stuff them in your waistband or whatever. The nice thing about HM is that it's not such a fast pace that having say, a light jacket tied around your waist is going to be a big deal. I'm actually running a HM in Idaho on Saturday that should be similar temps. My plan is to wear my lightweight fleece running tights and a similar weight long sleeve shirt and gloves. If there is much of a breeze, I'll wear a very lightweight windbreaker that I can tie around my waist if I get too warm, and a thinner shirt instead of the fleeced one. The duct tape idea is a good one, though I'm not sure if I want to put duct tape on my good Mizunos, and obviously want to wear what I've been training in. Good luck!

Voluntary Discomfort is the secret cornerstone of strength. We build our whole lives around increasing comfort and avoiding discomfort, and yet by doing so we are drinking a can of Weakness Tonic with every morning’s breakfast. ~Mr. Money Mustache
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10/25/12 3:42 P

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Totally agree with ON2VICTORY's advice.

A few other things:

- Wind can be more of an issue than temp. Wind breaker, neck warmer, etc., may not be necessary even at 32F if there's no wind.

- Winter shoe prep can be worthwhile. Here are two things that I do to my shoes to deal with cold and ice:

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10/25/12 1:11 P

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You should be OK with what you have, although you may want to consider some gloves. You can get cheap throw away ones from the dollar stores so you can drop that at the aid stations along the route if you no longer need them without the guilt of throwing away something expensive. But check your clothes to find out what temps they are rated for.

I ran a HM back in January in a blizzard and except for my face/neck (because I didn't have a neck warmer) I wasn't really cold at all once I got running.

If you do encounter snow and/or ice on the ground just take it slow, you don't want to slip & fall during the race.

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10/25/12 1:11 P

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For me, I dress as if it were 20 degrees warmer. It can be a tad chilly at start but once you get going, you warm up and excessive layers get tossed at the first water station or get stowed. Many people will get a sweatshirt from a thrift store so they can toss it once they get warm from the run. Another popular option is to use a contractor style garbage bag , cut head and arm holes and wear like a poncho. Blocks any wind and will keep you warm until no longer needed.

As far as training in cold / heat, it is vital to train when it is unpleasant especially on the long runs Just so that you can learn what will work rather than experimenting on race day. There are very few races I have run that were blue sky and 60. I try to train when it is crappy so I can roll with the punches no matter what race day brings. Its hard to give exact advice since I am a heavy sweater and heat up fairly quickly whereas you may not be so.

One thing that is pretty solid though is that it is very easy to overdress when it is cold. You will probably be fine with your current plans....

Best of luck for your race, be sure to post how it went...

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10/25/12 11:50 A

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It's been a long journey, but I am finally ready to tackle my first HM on Saturday. I am very nervous and excited!

My biggest concern is with clothing. We've had cold weather lately and they've actually modified the course because of snowy roads. I like running outside in mild temperatures, but stick to the treadmill when it's cold or wet. The temperature is expected to be below 30* and clear at the start and hopefully near 40* at the end. I have thermal compression pants, a long sleeve tech-shirt, a light but warm jacket, a fleece hat and fleece neck warmer. For those of you who run in the cold, is that enough? Too much?

There is a bag drop at the start of the race, but everything else I have to keep with me or put in a charity donation box at an aid station.

Thanks!

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