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What Pastafarian said!
Also, if you must pee, take a potty break and resume running. There's nothing worse than feeling like you have to go during the entire race!
If you are going to fuel during the race, try it now. Whether you use gels, jelly beans, candy, whatever, use it while you practice for your half. You'll find out quickly what your body can handle, and you'll discover that fueling during a run helps you.
Magnesium for the cramping, and not starting off too fast.
My feet usually cramp towards the end of a half or marathon. When I start the run slowly enough, I don't cramp.
As for pacing myself in a mature fashion, I haven't learned that yet. The only time I managed that was when I ran with two companions and let them set the pace. And I use a gymboss and Garmin. What I need to use is self-discipline.
"May there always be sushi at the finish line!"
Texas 10 Ft. Worth - 10/12/14
New York City Marathon 11/2/14
Space Coast Marathon - 11/30/14
Texas 10 Conroe 12/7/14
1. To avoid peeing during race: Stop drinking 2 hours, pre-race. Pee and resume drinking at the start.
2. To avoid leg cramps: Consume electrolytes before/during your run.
3. To avoid starving in middle of run: Eat in middle of run!
1-3 are potentially complex and related issues. It would be helpful to know what you're diet is like now, both pre-run and during.
4. To pace in a disciplined mature manner: Use aids such as a pacer, watch, etc. until you develop enough experience to do without (if doing without is your goal).
I live in Scottsdale and plan to run in the half this January. I am looking forward to talk to others who are running-I am a first timer and just completed a trial run of 13.1. If anyone has some experience or input on how they have kept themselves from:
Peeing on themselves in the middle of running (sorry maybe tmi)
Having their legs cramp up towards the end
starving in the middle of the run
How to pace yourself in a disciplined mature manner
I would appreciate it. Thanks