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Race Lessons Learned

Sunday, December 02, 2012

After two years of running and a very active race schedule, I felt it was time I reviewed what I had learned. I will forever continue to learn but I thought I would share just a few thoughts now.

emoticon Always prepare for the race early enough. A stress free positive runner is a successful runner!

emoticon Have that carb loading dinner suited to your needs. Eating too much or not enough can be detrimental to your race. (LIGHTNINGRUNNER made an excellent point. Do that carb loading 2-3 days prior to the race!)

emoticon Just before your race, make sure you are hydrated properly for your distance.

emoticon Review your course beforehand if possible. That volunteer just might not be at the fork in the road with no directions posted!

emoticon Know where your water (and gel if your race warrants it.), aid, and comfort stations are located on the course.

emoticon Always get to your race early enough to get relaxed, confy with your surroundings, and ready to step up to that starting line focused.

emoticon Depending on your speed, position yourself on the course accordingly. Just like driving a car, slower pacers should be to the right. Four walkers abreast on a narrow road, shared with marathoners, is not considerate. We're all runners no matter what but we should still be respectful to others.

emoticon When you cross that Finish Line, and you will, make sure you clear that immediate area and find an open area to cool down properly. Here's a great article..

emoticon You should have a game plan for any distance whether you walk, jog, wog, run or crawl through the race. Stay with it. Don't let anything or anyone distract you from it.

emoticon Compile all you need that involves your run, and make a checklist you can follow before every run. Edit it as you learn more on the journey! Use it as your guide

emoticonMost importantly, embrace that run to the fullest. Positive waves! You've trained properly for your distance and you've done everything right! Enjoy the journey!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JMARISK 12/11/2012 8:47AM

    That all makes perfect sense. Thank you for the tips!

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NATPLUMMER 12/5/2012 11:05AM


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COMPUCATHY 12/3/2012 9:02PM

    Love it! Thank you! Sounds like you have really learned a lot along the way! I appreciate you sharing it with us! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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ANDY_54 12/3/2012 7:37PM

    Some excellent tips here, thanks for the info! My husband ran a 5-mile Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving and the walkers were crowding in with the runners at the start, despite the corrals and the staggered starts. It made for a bit of a mishap.

Do you have any hints for getting over that anxious feeling that you're going to be the last one over the finish line and/or look like a doofus running? 'Cause that's where I'm at....but I have a sneaking suspicion that I just need to get out there and do it.

Comment edited on: 12/3/2012 7:43:55 PM

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    Good list, but remember carbo loading shouldn't be the night before but 2-3 days before. I will always be a nervous runner - I am typical prepared, but I always feel sick to my stomach, even after 13 years of racing.

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MEXGAL1 12/3/2012 9:47AM

    great advice. makes me want to run!
Have a terrific week.

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KKKAREN 12/3/2012 8:37AM

    Great tips, I hope I'll be in a race myself one day and use them!

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TIMOTHYNOHE 12/2/2012 10:43PM

    Lesson I learned in Tulsa: Parking close to the starting line is less important than parking close to the finish. After 13.1 (or 26.2) miles, it's easier to walk 3/4 mile to the starting line then it is to walk the same 3/4 mile from the finish line.

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DAPHNE_RUNS 12/2/2012 10:07PM

    Another great blog read, Monty.

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SLENDERELLA61 12/2/2012 8:01PM

    Very good, Monty. I agree with every word!!

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    I like, I like, I like! Well said.

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LAURIE5658 12/2/2012 7:32PM

    Monty, you nailed it!

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SPARKABELLA13 12/2/2012 6:53PM

    Great tips!


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KANDOLAKER 12/2/2012 6:53PM

    Excellent advice!

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KERRYG155 12/2/2012 6:39PM

    great advice!

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SEABREEZE65 12/2/2012 6:31PM

    Great message!!!

Lots of good advice!

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STARDUSTD 12/2/2012 6:30PM

  Never heard "wog" before. That's me.

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MSROZZIE 12/2/2012 5:44PM

    Great plan and thank you for the runner's etiquette. Thanks for sharing! emoticon emoticon

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ARUSHING2 12/2/2012 5:29PM

Simple, straight forward and invaluable - thank you much.

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