First Half-Marathon

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    Oct 06, 2010 5:04 AM GMT
    Hey 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!

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    Oct 06, 2010 11:20 AM GMT
    Do EVERYTHING the same that you've done in your training runs. Eat the same foods that you've eaten before, wear the same clothes that you've worn before. Once the crowds thin out at the start of the race you'll be able to get into your own pace. One good thing with the crowds is it forces you to start slow (very important). Drink water at each water station. If you've trained with Gatorade, continue with that during your race, if you didn't don't do it until later in the race as you can get nauseated. And yes, wear an old sweatshirt to throw off at the start of the race as this will keep you warm until you start running. Most races donate all of those clothes to the homeless. Good Luck!!
  • worley

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    Oct 06, 2010 11:30 AM GMT
    Runninguy is right. I would add two things:
    Start off at a pace that feels comfortable enough to run negative splits, that is, running the second half of the race faster than the first one.
    After two or three miles, see if you can stick to a group of runners that have a similar pace to yours. Running in group is easier.
  • DanOmatic

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    Oct 06, 2010 12:13 PM GMT
    All very good advice so far. I probably wouldn't wear too much clothing to start, because within just a few minutes you'll be wanting to take off your long-sleeved shirt. My advice would be to wear something warm while waiting for the start of the race, and then give it to a spectating friend before the gun goes off. Low 50s is actually a great temp for a half.
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    Oct 06, 2010 12:42 PM GMT
    runninguy, would you really suggest drinking water at every station? That would have me having to stop for a piss around mile 10, which is bad timing. I always recommend water at every other stop, especially if you do a good job of hydrating the night before and pre-race.

    Another suggestion I always have - make sure you've had a poop pre-race. Makes a world of difference.

    As for the clothes...I'm not a fan of tossing off over-priced UnderArmor clothing...so for cooler weather races, I wear a tech tee under an old long sleeve tee that I can toss aside once I get going. You know, those long sleeve tees they give out at all the races that are Oct through March.
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    Oct 06, 2010 6:28 PM GMT
    Oh, god, yeah, RunintheCity has the best advice so far re pooping. Sorry but it's true.

    I assume you've been training; trust that your training was right and that you'll be able to run it and you should be fine.

    On race morning you may want to have a bagel or something, for some carbs before the run.

    And my only piece of advice is, don't start out too fast. Make sure you pace yourself and don't burn out too early.

    Finally - make sure that you come back and tell us all how much ass you kicked!!!
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    Oct 08, 2010 6:40 AM GMT
    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.
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    Oct 08, 2010 6:55 AM GMT
    1 Don't eat too much before the race, a banana (or 2) is good for energy
    2 Some water or gatorade, but don't overdrink
    3 Pee before the race starts
    4 As tempting as it may be, you wont need water at every mile, only when thirsty
    5 Music for motivation helps
    6 Warmup by walking or running at a slower pace before you run at your normal pace
    7 Finish the race!
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    Oct 28, 2010 6:33 AM GMT
    Hey guys,
    Thanks a ton. I had an awesome time running, and I'm thinking about running another one this spring. Your advice helped a ton. I really appreciate it.

    -V