Seven Tips From Marathon Man
Just 10 days until the Richmond Races and yours truly is participating in his third annual Richmond race and second marathon of 2010. Save the date: November 13, 2010 is the 2010 Richmond Suntrust Marathon, McDonalds Half Marathon and HCA 8k. Don’t get left behind! The last thing you need is to add something to worry about while you wait for the race to start.
Here are seven tips to do before start time.
- Wake up early Like most races, they begin first thing in the morning. Wake up early enough to get things done including eating breakfast, getting to your race destination, and pinning your bib to your shirt before race time.
- Eat breakfast Never skip out on the most important meal of the day. You’re running 26.2 miles and you’ll need the calories to make it through the finish line. Stick to smart foods like fruits, granola bars, and yogurts.
- Shower Showering the night before is usually preferred, but a morning shower would help wake you up and make you feel refreshed.
- Have your bib, chip, and bags ready Before going to sleep, lie out everything on your bed and make a checklist. It is essential to know what to gear to wear pin the bib to the shirt, tie the chip to the shoe, and what other necessary items to pack in the bag. It is also a great idea to pack extra gear including a cap, shirt, and pair of socks.
- Arrive early You’ll definitely want to make time to commute, drop off bags and getting over to the starting line and place yourself in the appropriate corral.
- Stretch Don’t overstretch, but take a couple of minutes to loosen up the joints and muscles. Arm and backstretches including toe touches and v-sits are popular for warming up. Get the blood circulating. You don’t want to run limp and stiff.
- Empty your bowels Very true in any race, try to relieve yourself at least twice before the gun goes off. Usually once before you leave the hotel or home and once before heading to the start line. There are usually Porta Johns along the racecourse, but you risk adding time to your race. Use your best judgment. Always remember to stay hydrated by refueling with water.
Jason Yu is Partner and Director of Marketing for The Hardwicke Group in Richmond, VA. His company specializes in new media, PR and influence with an emphasis on digital marketing strategy and reputation management. Jason enjoys keeping active by biking, running and working out on a daily basis. Jason has ran in over twenty running races including the Marine Corps Marathon, Tough Mudder, Richmond Marathon, and Xterra races. Interesting facts about Jason is that he is a music fanatic, in search fro the best macaroni and cheese, and aspiring “mixologist.”
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