8OC (46OF) doesn’t sound too cold and it really isn’t. In university, when it finally reached that temperature after a long Massachusetts winter, I’d start replacing the sweat pants and ski jackets with shorts and a motorcycle jacket. Back then, to me, it was finally getting warm once more.
Something that I did not mention in our recent article, Lessons from 2013 Gobi March: Preparing for a Multi-Stage Ultra Marathon, but is something that Rich and I feel deserves a fair amount of attention is foot care. When doing any type of running race, your feet are your most important asset. Cracked, swollen, and blistered feet can make your life difficult and very painful. Knowing how to take care of them, though, can significantly reduce the likelihood that you’ll need to pull out of a race, or spend the next few weeks watching your toenails rot and fall out.