A bunch of us are going to Portland this weekend for the Rock n Roll 1/2 marathon. 2 girls have never done one before. My friend wrote this up for them and thought it was too good not to pass on.
Week before the race:
* Print and sign confirmation sheet (need this to pickup packet at Expo)
* No more working out after Wednesday this week. Give those feet some
rest before the big day.
* Increase the carbs 2-3 days prior to race day, but don't go over-board.
* Go to Goodwill or Value Village to pick-up a sweater. This is great
to wear in the morning of the race. Once you are warmed up, take it
off and throw it aside. The race volunteers will pick it up and
* Check all race wear. (No wardrobe malfunctions!)
* Review the course map and break it down. I like to have a mental
picture of the race - where the water stations will be, where the
half-way point is, etc.. Helps to calm my nerves.
* Drink water
* Get lots of sleep through Friday night. (I rarely sleep well the
night before a race, but I don't worry about it since I've already
rested up the nights prior.)
Day before the race:
* Try to rest as much as possible. No site-seeing and try not to walk
around forever at the Expo.
* Check number of safety pins in runner's packet.
* If I buy anything at the Expo - don't use it on the race!! They
have some pretty cool stuff at the Expo, but I gotta stick to my rule
of "nothing new on race day".
* Lay out race gear the night before. I try on everything and put on
the bib, shoe tracker, etc... I'll be tired in the morning and I don't
want to have to think or stress if something is missing.
* I'm taking my own breakfast with me (cereal, bananas). I've been
eating the same thing before each long run and I don't know what will
be open if I decide to eat at 5am.
* ID if they offer free beer at the finish line
* Plan on getting to the course 1 hour early
* Go through the port-a-potty line at least twice
* Remember to go out from the starting line **SLOW**!!!
* Have fun! This day is a celebration of all those training days.
Enjoy the race!
Once you cross the finish line, they will give you your medal (you've
earned it!) and lead you to get your picture with your shiny metal.
Don't skip the photo op! Then I take the space blanket and all of the
food offered even if I'm not hungry, since I know I will be soon
"My life has a superb cast but I can't figure out the plot."
~ Ashleigh Brilliant
| current weight: 325.0