We made it safely to PA, and I’m already enjoying the chance to run, snack, nap, and blog whenever I want, thanks to all the grandparent time! We’re looking forward to catching up with lots of friends and family all week, and enjoying a laid back schedule. For today, here’s a little running flashback.
I’ve been reading a book I had picked up at a used book sale years ago, called “The Complete Woman Runner.” The book is packed with really helpful tips, but is also a bit dated. After checking the publishing date (1978), it made a little more sense.
Here are some fun tidbits…
From pg 69, under section on caring for children while running:
“There are other ways of having children cared for…but these are a little unusual. I have a friend who used to run …while pushing her son in a stroller. (She) claims that she only had one stroller mishap when the baby fell out but most of the time her son really enjoyed moving rapidly.”
Pg 77-78, 80 on shoes:
“Invest in a good pair of running shoes ($20-$40).”
“Bend the shoe to make sure it’s not too stiff. You can fix a shoe that’s too stiff by cutting across the forefoot with a razor or hacksaw…”
“Despite diligent maintenance, your soles may wear out before the rest of the shoe. Numerous shops specialize in running-shoe repair. They will replace soles, mend uppers, replace insoles, and put in new laces, generally for under $15.”
“Do-it-yourselfers can put their own new soles on. Nike sells waffle soling material by the sheet… Remove the old sole by holding the shoe above an electric stove. Pull off the old sole…or dissolve the glue with lighter fluid… Glue the new sole in place with Goo.”
Pg 82, on what to wear:
“I like the woven nylon running shorts with slits on the sides. They are inexpensive (about four dollars)… some shorts are made specifically for women, but these tend to be more expensive.”
Pg 88-90, on racing:
“Most races charge an entry fee, generally $2 to $3. Races with higher entry fees may give T-shirts or patches to all participants.”
“Water and fruit juice are fine, or try one of the athletic replacement drinks such as ERG or Body Punch.”
“As you finish, listen for your time. It may take several weeks to get the results.”
“If you are given a numbered stick, turn it in with your name. When the results are compiled, your finishing order will be correlated with your time.”
Pg 120, on runner safety:
“Several runners have suggested window decals, so that other runners who are in some sort of distress can identify a friendly house to run to for assistance. This idea has merit if it can be standardized…”
I was born a couple of years after this was published, so I can’t say I remember any of this from personal experience. Running has changed quite a bit in the last few decades, especially the cost of races!
Does anyone know what ERG or Body Punch is? Have you ever paid $3 for a race entry?