152 Days…and counting

I have added a countdown to the Tough Mudder challenge on our main page.  We have 152 days from now to get ready.  This was a little discouraging to me because I really thought it was closer.  I am ready for this challenge now and think I can complete it in the shape I am in.  I am also sure that I will be at an even better fitness level in 152 days.  The dog days of summer have certainly punished me in my training.  I have felt pretty much exhausted for the last 2-3 months and it has taken just about everything I have to continue waking up at 5am to engage in the brutal training four times a week.  I can only hope cooler less oppressive weather is around the corner and it gives me motivation to keep moving.

Over the last few months I have sweated enough each training day that it feels as though I am either running in a massive rainstorm or underwater.  The worst part of this sweating is having wet socks, which equates to wet feet.  Is there anything more miserable than wet feet, squishing around while training?  I finally decided to check out socks that are made for running and especially moisture wicking.  Long past are the days when a runner had two choices for socks, cotton socks or no socks.  I was quickly overwhelmed by all of the choices.  There are cushioned socks, socks to reduce friction, moisture wicking socks, socks that make you run faster, socks that help you walk on water, etc.  I think I may have over exaggerated a little on that last one but I’m sure someone will develop one soon enough.

I found a non-descript sock that felt lightweight and claimed to wick moisture away to keep feet dry.  I was skeptical at first as I just assumed all socks were the same.  After my first day training with my new socks, I was pleasantly surprised when my feet still felt dry at the end of the workout.  Still a little skeptical but with my interest piqued, I completed an 8 mile run with my new socks and still my feet felt dry when I finished.  I’m not sure the brand of these socks but they were the cheapest socks I found at Sports Authority.  I will certainly purchase more as I only bought 3 pair for $10.  Well worth the investment.

I am thinking my next gear investment will be some type of hydration system for these long runs.  I’m sure I would have been better off thinking of hydration at the beginning of the summer instead of now but I also wasn’t running 8 milers back then.  I have started to research hydration systems and I am leaning toward the WXP made by Source.  Let me know if any of you have any experience with this one or what your experience is with hydration systems period.  I’ve never used one and would love any feedback on it.

Keep Movin’ friends…it’s the only way to get where you’re going!

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