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Red 11 Sport helps marathon runners
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What is your training ritual? What hurdles do you face? Two marathon runners share their rituals and upcoming races below as well as helpful tips. Dani is a health enthusiast, has her own blog Eat, Sweat, Smile(http://www.eatsweatsmile.com) and a marathon runner. Angela has a blog called Runner in Denial (http://www.runnerindenial.com/how-it-all-started) and a serious marathon runner that has endured several obstacles during her training including IT band syndrome.

Products like Red11 Sport are helping to ease the hurdles that many runners face when it comes to intense training. The truth is many runners experience severe chafing while training that sadly leads to bleeding!

Dani says: I’m one of those runners that has never had chaffing or bleeding (it does happen though!)-I am one of the lucky few J I did get some chaffing from my wetsuit during one of my triathlons, but it was only minimal since I used Body Glide, which is similar to Red11. Boys usually encounter it during long races-sadly they don’t have to wear sports bras so there’s no protection from t-shirt chaffing. I’ve also heard of people getting between the leg chaffing, but as long as your wear spandex under your shorts/capris you’re good to go.

Angela says: I'm lucky in that I don't chafe and/or bleed as much as some of my other running friends. I tend to chafe only on longer runs (16+ miles) around my sports bra. Usually I won't notice until I step into the shower and well, ouch. It's always a little unfortunate since my training is typically during the summer and I'll have to explain the bright red line on my chest while I'm out in a tank top or bathing suit. I guess it just hasn't annoyed me enough that I've gone out to buy any anti-chafing product, although I do have friends who use them religiously.

Runner's insight from Eat, Sweat, Smile (Dani)

How long have you been a runner?

I had to run during PE in 5th grade-I’ll always remember my first one mile test. I ran it in11:21 and told the girl in front of me that I was “most definitely going to die.” I started to run more seriously in middle school when I got interested in athletics (I was on Cross Country and Track in addition to swimming and lacrosse). When I went to college, I was a varsity rower, but our training surprisingly included a lot of running. Since my college years, I’ve trained for and completed two Olympic distance triathlons, two marathons marathons and two halves in addition to a handful of road races. Even though I don’t do a lot of races (my wallet does have a limit), I make sure I run at least three times per week. It keeps me sane!

What is your running ritual like?

It depends on what I’m training for, but I’ll usually run about 3-5 times per week, incorporating speed, hills and long runs into my workouts. I love to hate hills-they’re such a great tool for building speed and strength, but they really wipe you out!

As for my pre-race rituals, I always carry a “lucky penny” in my hand. Before every cross country race in middle and high school, our coach would give us a lucky penny that we would hold in our hands until we got to what thought was the hardest part of the race. When we thought we couldn’t push anymore, we’d drop the penny to give us a little extra oomph. Lucky pennies are a great way to learn that you can always go a little harder than you think you can.

What are the therapeutic benefits from running for you?

I work in PR and run a health and fitness blog in my free time, so I have lots of things to keep me busy and stress me out. Running is a great stress reliever for me and lets me just tune out. I usually listen to headphones while I run, but I’ve gone music-less for some 18 mile+ runs and it’s a great way to just be alone with your thoughts. More importantly, running and sports in general have taught me that I can accomplish any goal I want as long as I plan and put in the work. It sounds really cliché, but running really is a great metaphor for life.

When is your next race?

February 2-I’m running the Kaiser Half Marathon in SF (my current city). It’s a flat course, which is a blessing in San Francisco, and a great way to prep for the Super Bowl J

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Runner's insight from Runner in Denial (Angela )

How long have you been a runner?

I started running at the beginning of 2009 when I registered for my first half-marathon. I had always hated running but when I got home from college and experienced what it was like to get home from a long day at work and a long commute, I knew I needed a challenge to motivate me to go to the gym. A half-marathon scared me enough that I pushed myself to run and train for 3 months. Five years later, I've run 4 full marathons and almost 20 half-marathons.

What is your running ritual like?

My ritual before a long run is always the same whereas my ritual before a short run is basically "put on running clothes and sneakers." Before a long run, I'll eat the same meal the night before (chicken parm and pasta) between 12 and 14 hours before I start running. I make sure I have my outfit set up and my garmin fully charged. I'll mentally run the route in my head before I fall asleep. In the morning, I give myself about an hour and a half to wake up, eat bread with peanut butter and a banana, have some Nuun (with caffeine, always caffeine), and do some dynamic stretches in my apartment.

What are the therapeutic benefits from running for you?

Running keeps me sane. I'm not a morning runner (I've tried and have failed many times) and I find that I prefer to run after work. It changes my day and washes away any of the stresses that work may have brought during the course of the day. On multiple occasions and by multiple people, I've been told that I'm one of the happiest people they know. I honestly think that this has a lot to do with running and how no matter what is bugging me, I know I can ease my mind with a run.

When is your next race?

My next competitive race will be the NYRR Spring Meltdown 15k on March 30. The 15k is one of my favorite distances and I'm always excited and anxious to see what I'll be able to do on race day. After that, I'll start a solid base before marathon training begins.

How much of training would you say requires mental focus?

I think the majority of training is mental. Most people think the hardest thing is getting yourself out the door for each individual workout but I tend to think that the hardest thing is keeping yourself focused and motivated for 4 months (or however long your training cycle may be). Training cycles, especially at the marathon distance or greater, are long and exhausting. I always find myself at a point where I'm just tired of training. What helps is to think about why I signed up in the first place and how badly I want my goal. On the really tough runs, I imagine myself running my goal race. Where am I? What do I see? What are the crowds like? Where is my family? It helps to mentally put yourself in the scenario you want so badly, the reason I hit "register" in the first place.

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Learn more about Dani by visiting: http://www.eatsweatsmile.com

Learn more about Angela by visiting: http://www.runnerindenial.com/

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