Jennifer Fontanez is a kindergarten teacher in South Jersey who is training for her first half marathon.
Last week finished up my last of the intense training with a long run on the weekends. After 10 weeks, I’m pretty happy to start with my two taper weeks prior to the race.
The weather has been warming up, so I decided to try out what I will likely be wearing the day of the race to make sure everything is comfortable. When you’re running long distances, suddenly the littlest thing can become a huge annoyance and interfere with your focus.
I’ve been running with the same headphones and armband since the start of training, but for the first time, during my 12-mile run, at mile 10 my headphones were bothering my ears. I have to run with music so I made the adjustment to alternating the earbuds to give my ears a break during the last two miles of the run but still be able to hear the music. I also decided to try out a pair of running shorts I have worn in the past, but never for long distance. The shorts are tagless, because a little tag can suddenly feel like a razor when you’re running with it that far of a distance. The tagless part was great, but after my run I discovered the seam in the back had apparently been irritating my skin and I was left with an abrasion on my back. I still haven’t decided if I want to just wear them the day of the race since I didn’t notice it anyway during the run and deal with a second abrasion after the fact, or find new shorts and hope for the best with a half-marathon run in them.