I’m totally geeked out on Exercise Physiology class right now. Just ask my runner mom friends, I bombarded them with Heather’s cliff-notes version of “why compression socks work” and “there really isn’t LESS oxygen in the air in Colorado, it’s all about the partial pressure, baby!”
I remember a few months ago, Boot camp coach Phil made a comment about how “everyone thinks they are an expert” when it comes to health and fitness. Almost everyday in my ex phys class this sentiment rings in my ears, it’s so true! The more I learn about the science of the human body , especially pertaining to exercise, the more I wonder where on earth half of the personal trainers and “experts” out there get away with saying the stuff they say. All you need is a basic understanding of human physiology to realize that none if it makes any sense what so ever.
School has me stressed to the max right now. We are entering that “ahh, only 4 weeks until Thanksgiving break, one more week of classes, then finals” phase. I know it sounds like a lot of time, but it’s not. As frustrated as I am with the fact that history is putting a dent into my GPA , I’m very , very thankful I have this opportunity to gain a higher level of education. One more semester of this “core” nonsense (I’m sorry, but after this semester, the rise of the Qin Dynasty will exit my brain faster than I can say Shih huang-Ti…oh wait, did I just retain something?) and I will be onto straight coursework. Next semester brings Exercise and Sports Nutrition, Biomechanics, Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription, Sport and Exercise Behavior , and Intro to Exercise and Sports Science (yeah I’m not so sure how I got this far without the intro class either, but I did…). I will be in geeky-nerd heaven. I can not wait!
But speaking of countdowns, less than two weeks until Beach2Battleship . In case I haven’t mentioned it 115 times already, I’m running the marathon portion, and leaving the 2.4 mile swim and 112 mile bike ride to my relay team mates . And in even more exciting news, I got my volunteer assignment yesterday. I had originally signed up to volunteer, literally hours before I got the offer to be on a relay team. I wasn’t sure how this was going to work out at all, but coincidentally I was assigned to swim finish duty! Not only will this work fantastically time wise (they only need me from 7-10 am), but I will get to be right on the finishing dock, where spectators are not allowed. I’m not sure of my exact duty so far (it’s regrettably not wet suit stripping, but that whole process makes me giggle anyways) but I DO know that I will get to see/help Holly and all of her cohorts (Nancy, Linae, Shawn, etc) out of the water. I’m super, super excited about this!
Here’s where my dilemma, and the title of this entire post comes in. What on earth do I wear to run a marathon, at an unknown time? Let me rephrase, I assume I will be starting somewhere around mid afternoon if all goes well. If things are less than ideal, I may be starting late afternoon and running into early evening/dark (which wouldn’t upset me, because the idea of running wearing glow sticks is entirely too appealing to my inner child. )
Here’s what weatherundreground.com is telling me about Wilmington NC on Nov. 7th:
Mean Temperature 59 °F
Max Temperature 71 °F 80 °F (2005)
Min Temperature 48 °F 31 °F (1982)
HELP ME all of you cold(er…I know, I know, 48 is not “cold” to most of you) weather runners!