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4/5/11 7:13 P

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thank you for the great advice everyone!

Sharon in Eastern NC

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4/5/11 6:20 P

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thanks for the shoe advice... that is one thing i have no problem spending $$ on is a good pair of running shoes. :)

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4/5/11 3:32 P

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My advice is to join a local running club and purchase products at a running store. I remember my first half marathon, I used running shoes purchased at a retail box chain (i.e. Foot Locker, Target, Foot Action, etc) which was affordable, but not useful to my feet. I sustained a minor injury during the event and wound up making a trip to the podiatrist thereafter.

A few weeks later, my cousin, who's an avid runner, informed me about a running store in my area (Fresno, CA). She said they have a friendly staff of experienced runners, which is true.We have developed friendships with the owner and staff members who run with us often. They test your foot strokes that would be appropriate with the shoes they sell.

Since following my cousins advice, I have bought a few running shoes among other products (i.e. belts and clothing) and have yet to make other appointments to the podiatrist. With the rising cost of health care, you have to ask yourself and think which is cheaper a few pairs of running shoes that run fron $85 to $150 or an $800 hospital bill?

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4/5/11 9:23 A

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thanks for all the great advice! Tracy i'd be interested to know of the porta potty issue for the race.

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4/4/11 12:50 P

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I make sure I eat something an hour or two before the race start. But experiment with that during your training to see what agrees with you. I have a bowl of oatmeal and a glass of almond milk....but that is just me.

I can't use Gu either (not pretty). I found that if I took a Clif bar and tore it into small pieces and put it in a baggie in my Spibelt, that it worked well. Then if/when I need something it is easy to reach in and grab it.

Rest, rest, rest, that week beforehand. Definitely shoot to get to bed early the night before (heck, a couple nights before).

Have everything laid out that you'll need so all you have to do is get up and get dressed. In fact, I go ahead and get dressed the night before to just make sure I have everything. Then I take it all off and lay it all out together. That way you aren't fumbling around in the morning. I go ahead and pin my race bib on and everything.

If the race is in an unfamiliar place, I actually go drive over and figure out where I'll park, how far to walk (and how to get) to the start line, etc.

I have to pee all the time. LOL! But I make sure I do that (and more...tmi sorry) before I leave home. Then I find the bathrooms/port-a-potties right before the start of the race. I do drink water at every single water stop. But I only ever have to stop one time during the race. So for someone that pees all the time to only stop once....I think you'll be fine. And any of the bigger races should have plenty of port-a-potties set up along the race route, usually near the water stations.

Enjoy yourself! Take it all in!!! There is absolutely nothing in the world like it! Congrats!

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4/4/11 12:24 A

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For someone who has done 6 half marathons, Most of the staff members are experienced runners.I would get shoes at your local run store. The products they sell are a little pricey, but well worth it. Would you rather wear running shoes with extra padding and foot support at a specialty store? Or go to a regular store where you are prone to more foot injuries?

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4/3/11 5:15 P

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Just wanted to thank you all for such a helpful post!!! Lots of excellent advice :).

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4/3/11 12:29 P

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Oh, so excited for you!

One piece of advice I want to add is to have a plan for rehydrating/refueling during the race. It may be relying on whatever the race organizers provide and/or carrying your own stuff in a fuel belt. Either way, you'll want to make sure your stomach agrees with whatever you plan on consuming during the race so you don't have any nasty surprises on the big day! (On one of your long runs, try out whatever you plan on using during race day.) i have a very sensitive stomach when I'm running, so I find that certain things agree with me better than others. Also, you'll probably want to check where they plan on having water stations and make sure it's enough for your needs. one race I did didn't have enough, so I had to carry my own water on a belt to make sure I had enough to get through!!

otherwise, just have fun!! It will be a great experience!!

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4/3/11 11:07 A

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Thanks for posting this Gwen. emoticon
As far as I can tell they don't have the potty stops listed yet. I have a friend who is on the planning committee. I'm going to try to get the inside scoop. Maybe I've just missed it?

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4/2/11 12:56 A

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I've run 2 half marathons now and each one was so different. The weather, the crowds, the route.

Know what you are running... my first half I hated the course by halfway through as it was a double loop and too many wooden bridges/boardwalks for me (I've slipped on one too many). But loved the small numbers in the race. It was like a training run - pretty much running by myself

The second was a Disney Princess Half - it was large, an amazing route, and pretty flat... except all the "hills" were at the end!

I think knowing the route is key - My first half only had a couple of water stops and they weren't well spaced, and no on race toilets. The second had MANY water/fuel stops, lots of entertainment, lots of toilets.... For my first, if the 1st/3rd water stop had been where it was advertised (at 5km) the route would have been much easier, it was a long stretch until 6+km, but due to access, they'd chosen a different spot for the water stop.

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4/1/11 8:37 P

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I've only ran one half marathon so far so I'm definitely not an expert. When I ran my half, my goal was to run the whole thing and I did, other than one short potty break. Even when refueling and hydrating I kept on running. ANd I finished running, but I did not finish strong. It took everything in me to cross that line. Now I know that I used more energy by trying to refuel and drink while running. This year I'm doing run/walk intervals and at the very least I will walk while refueling and I plan to cross that finish line strong.

Make sure you get enough sleep the week of the half marathon as you probably won't sleep well the night before. Most of all enjoy the training and the whole race experience!!

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4/1/11 5:28 P

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LOVE this thread! Thank you for posting it! I am running my first half in June! I can't wait to read your race report! emoticon

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Oh, and you might want to pick a mantra - the thing you're going to say to yourself if it starts getting tough or something goes wrong. Mine is usually "Run YOUR race"

Kirsten
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Dress rehearsal! I like to do a test run a couple weeks before a new race to check out the course if possible, try out the clothes I'm planning to wear, the breakfast I'm planning to eat, the fuel, hydration and so on. I'm pretty uptight about that stuff. I also like to 'build my person' the night before the race. Lay out all the clothes and accoutrement I plan to bring - make sure the bottles are filled, that I have the right socks, the ipod is charged up, the right headband or hat, race bag, kleenex and meds in the pouch... On race morning if I feel anxious I can just remind myself - I thought of everything before the race. Nothing to worry about now.

Port-a-potties - I like the advice I got before my very first race. When you get to the race course, first find out where the start line is, then use the bathroom. Next, go to the back of the line and use it again. Another good one for longer races - on the course if you see a potty without a line, use it.

Best of luck on your HM!

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4/1/11 2:48 P

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Get to bed early the night before the race. Get all your stuff out early so you have it all ready and don't have to search for things. Get us early so you have plenty of time to eat and hydrate. That will give your body plenty of time to process it. Then get to the race at least an hour early so you have time to check your gear (if you have gear to check) and hit the port-a-potties a couple times before the race and then warm up. Definitely check the race course to get at least a passing familiarity of where you will be going and how close you are to the finish. Other than that, just run your pace and enjoy the atmosphere. :)

Figure out how often you plan to drink so you can stay hydrated. Decide if you can use the water stops or if you'd rather bring your own. And start early. By the time you're thirsty, you're already dehydrated. I drank water at approximately every-other water stop and took some of the sports drink a couple times.

But above all... just do what you did in your training and have fun! As long as you have the basics down, everything else will work out.

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4/1/11 2:43 P

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I've noticed that the bathrooms in the begininng of the course have the longest lines so if you can hold it you can get the shorter lines. Good luck!!

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never thought about checking the race course!

It's a 7am race.. So as it is.. I' gotta get used to getting up at the crack of dawn..lol..

I'm also still playing with fueling options.. I've learned Gu and i don't agree.. emoticon

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4/1/11 2:20 P

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Most of the larger races have portapotties along the way. Check the event website. If they have a course map, they usually mark where they have aid stations with water and gatorade, bathrooms, and medical help (although you won't need that!)

Other than that:
-prepare your things the day before
-get good sleep the week of (don't worry if the night before is restless)
-try to make lunch your biggest meal the day before and have a light dinner (will make it easier to sleep)
-Relax and ENJOY!

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yeah I've run before in crowds..lol.. SO i usually hang near the back and let the rest of the mob race away from me.. I do wear a HRM and a footpod so i can tell distance and pace and i found with my first 15K this past sunday that paying attention to my 10min/mi pace really helped save me towards the end.. especially with hills that were on the course..

Ok here's a corny ? that my daughter actually asked me and i thought it was a pretty good one since she's only 16 but enjoys coming to my races: for the larger races like HM and MArathon.. do they have bathrooms along the way.. Or do youhave to hold it.. I mean for guys i guess this answer is easy as i saw during the 15K a guy jump into the nearby shrubs... But uh for women.. we're a little bit more exposed... So it was something i never considered... To not only make sure i bathroom before.. but to not OVER hydrate as well as to prevent accidents???


Any thoughts?

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I agree with LBTHOMASJR be sure to go to the bathroom early & then again if need be. Please enjoy your run & I am gald you are not going for speed. Happy Spark running my friend. Can't wait to hear about it in May.
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Great idea to go into it just wanting to enjoy the experience. It is such an uplifting moment, especially the start and the finish. Just some general advice. Don't start too fast. This is easy to do, especially if this is your first race with a large crowd. Find out how often their will be water (and/or gatorade and fuel stations) and decide if this will work for you or if you will need to bring your favorite rehydration drink and fuel. Prepare for the most likely weather (but be prepared to adjust). Use the restroom early before the lines get too bad (and to give you enough time to go again if need be). Most of all, enjoy the whole event. There will only be one first Half Marathon so be sure to enjoy every aspect of it. Good luck.

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I was just wondering what advice you'd give a first timer.. Mine is in May 2011.. Anything you wish you HAD done during training that you realized afterwards would/could've helped?
FOr me it's not going to be a "beat the clock" sort of race.. It's going to be more about endurance and finishing. :) So any and all thoughts are going to be appreciated! :)

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