TheVman saidHey RJ,
I'm running my first half-marathon this Sunday and wanted to start a thread to see if any of the veterans (or anyone who's run a half before) have any advice to share. I'm open to anything and everything...what to eat the morning of the run, how to mentally prepare for the big day, etc...share whatever you deem appropriate. I have only one question. What should I wear? The weather may be in the low 50s at the start of the run, and one of my friends told me that people throw stuff (like long-sleeved under armor) off as the run progresses. Is this standard? I'm not running to look fashionable; I just don't wanna be unprepared.
Thanks in advance. Keep running!
Already good advise from all RJs...for my first Marathon I paced myself and also stopped at every station as everyone has stated. Things to carry:
*Hydration pack or waist water bottle. You will be losing a lot of water and electrolytes, so when I stopped at aid stations I tend to replenish with their drinks, and kept my hydration pack for the long run. I also ate if they have some small piece of fruit such as bananas because of the potassium.
* Arm Sleeves, that can easily be disposed once it gets hot...look at www.Moeben.com
, but just before the race and for a couple of miles if its chilly these are great and removable...plus a lot of great designs.
*Under Armour may become to hot, I would not recommend it. Use some clothing material that is light weight, can dissipate heat and does not retain water.
* Try carrying some FRS health energy cubes, they contain some great antioxidants and they have a boost of energy that you will need.
* Avoid GU Energy Gel, this stuff is really like a concrete paste with vitamins and antioxidants but is terrible just from experiencing some people like it, other hate it, you will find it at the aid stations, but is horrible in my opinion. You need some serious water to swallow it.
* Depending on the aid stations, some can have just drinks or some food...pace yourself, some will have some protein like peanut butter.
*Prior to the race, as other have stated use the potty to evacuate both systems.
* Some runners carbo load the night before, I just tend to eat normally. However for me it tends to bloat me and then worst because I have to go to the bathroom, therefore I tend not to do this.
* Be prepared to hit a mental block, all runners do..is a long run...if you prepare mentally you will do fine, feel your body and if you experience severe pain, slow down or stop for a few seconds. I hope you have worked out your core muscles, since they will be essential for the long run, you should not experience back pain if you have train your core correctly, some runners do get this other do not.
* After the race, expect a lot of soarness, therefore if you have compression suit this would be great it will help with the soarness. Also, Epsom salts are great to soak the body or even better if you can got to a hot tub or jacuzzi. Better yet a massage. You will also experience a lot of hunger afterward which is normal...I remember waking at 5:00 a.m. the morning after the race and was famished, this is normal since you could be burning 3000 to 4000 calories in the Marathon. In my last Marathon per my garmin runner I burned 3500 calories. It will take at least about a week for your body to adjust back to normal and you will experience soarness, but continue to hydrate plenty.