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Double Tie Your Laces & Other Race Day Advice

Friday, September 16, 2011

Yep, happened again yesterday doing the HIIT (Hi Intensity Interval Training) workout. Just before the 7th or 8th sprint my right sneaker felt loose and sure enough I forgot to double tie my laces. Had to take time to re-tie both as the other one wasn't far behind in wanting to come undone. Just what you don't need if going for a new personal best. Not that you can't accomplish great things with untied laces, just look at Usain Bolt. He won the 100 Meter and set a new world record at the 2008 Beijing Olympic games, all with his left shoe untied.

Still, if we can make our runs and races easier why not. So here's my list of things I've come up with to do just that.

1. Double Tie Your Laces (oh, you've heard this one before.)
2. Blow your nose! You think it's funny but it's not :) Runners know that everything gets "juicy" as you get going. Sweats bad enough, no one wants a wrist band covered in boogers too.
3. Run with water. It's amazing how a dry mouth/palate can affect performance, but it does. A little goes a long way and I usually make it through with 8-12 oz per hour.
4. Warm-Up Don't be afraid to walk around, jog in place or even stretch before hand. Your run will be that much better for it.
5. Cover your nipples (c'mon guys and gals that's medical terminology. And if that offends you you'd best skip the Wiki) and other hot spots with tape or other friction aids. The longer the run the more damage you can inflict on yourself so plan accordingly. Blisters can make your run unbearable or stop you dead in your tracks.
6. Don't Eat Within 2 hours Of Start - That's kind of a personal preference and some may be able to get away with an hour or even less, but do the research and see what others think and put it to the test. I've run after not having eaten for 4 or more hours and had some really good runs. Eating too soon before the run/race starts diverts blood from your muscles (where you'd like it) to your intestines to help digest the food you just ate, sapping performance and, maybe even worse, paving the way for some killer cramps and/or nausea. You have about an hour of energy stored in your muscles so save the "Goo" for after that 5 or 10K, unless your running longer distances.

That's my list so far. Have I missed anything? What tips and tricks do you use to get you through your runs? Thanks and be safe out there.
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    Good advice! Oh yes, tape the nipples! I passed out water at mile 10 of the 1/2 marathon and this poor guy had blood streaks on his shirt coming from...yes, you got it, his nipples. OUCHY!!!! Poor guy! Thanks for sharing this!
    2351 days ago
    i think u covered it all..i could relate to all especially the "juicy" its surprising how the smallest details can make a big difference..race, workouts and in all aspects of our lives.

    ps..hope ur race went without incident. proud of u for making big strides in ur journey..keep kickin it!! emoticon
    2364 days ago
    Yep, girls have nipple issues too - even with the sports bra. I usually slather up quite a bit with some stick stuff... it helps. And for my ankles, if it is a long one - I tape them up... I get pretty bad blisters, but found a way to tie my shoes so it helps on the shorter runs.

    Thanks for sharing Kirk!
    2366 days ago
    Oh, you only wear tape on your nipples when you run...not all the time? I must be doing it backwards. :) Anyway, good advice. If I ever start running I'll keep this in mind! Best, E
    2370 days ago
    I'm not a runner but would like to maybe start. Thanks for the tips!! Have an awesome weekend!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2373 days ago
    It is always a good time to double tie your laces. I stumbled many times before I started doing it. For goodness sakes, we double tie baby's shoes so they can't get them untied, what takes us so long to realize that it is much safer for us to do it for ourselves at all times, not just for racing. Thanks for reminding everyone of this fact.

    2373 days ago
    And I thought my hubby was crazy when he says that his nipples hurt after a long run! emoticon He'll have to shave around there before putting tape on them though... OUCH!
    2374 days ago
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