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These are great tips for anytime, I think . Thanks for the OP for posing and to everyone else who responded. Now, if I can just remember to stop playing around on the race route and focus, I'd have a better finishing time.
No matter how slow you go, you are lapping those on the couch.
MOST IMPORTANT!!!!!!! This is your one and only FIRST half-marathon. Enjoy it, savor it!
"Success is the result of what you do when the Woo Hoo is all through....."-ON2VICTORY (Robert)
"The miracle isn't that I finished...the miracle is I had the courage to start." - John 'The Penguin
There's nothing like your first race at any distance but a HM is really special so make sure you plan enough time before AND after the race to soak up the experience! If it's going to be cold make sure you have something to warm & dry to wear afterward so you don't get too chilled after your finish...unless it's a downpour you'll want to hang around and feel the "race vibe". Have a great race!
A ship in the harbor is safe. But that's not what ships are built for.
Timothy you are too funny--the only thing I will add is be careful about carbo loading--I would not do so the night before as doing so can leave you bloated and sluggish come race day which is why many sports RDS are now recommending doing so 2-3 days ahead of time--have fun and enjoy the experience!
RUN SPARK STRONG!
Eat an early dinner the night before to ensure that it is digested enough in the morning so that you don't get any surprises during the race! You don't say if the race you're doing is just a HM or also has marathon runners, but many times HM races don't put port-o-potties on the course. Eat food that is easily digested - low fat, not a lot of whole grain carbs. Personally I have a lean protein (chicken tenderloin) with either white rice or spaghetti and cooked vegetables, and I make it a point to be done by 5:30 or 6:00 p.m. If I'm hungry when I go to bed I'll have a small bowl of cereal.
As Timothy said, don't skip breakfast and eat what has agreed with you in the past. Eat breakfast early enough that it doesn't sit like a stone in your stomach. Don't do anything new on race day. If they are offering Gatorade on the course and you have never had Gatorade while running, don't take it. Stick to water.
Pin your bib to your clothing the night before and lay out all of your clothes, including hat, sunglasses, socks, shoes, race belts, water bottles, fuel, hair ties, garmin, etc. or put the non-clothing items in your car. You should be able to roll out of bed and roll into your race day costume while half asleep and not forget anything.
It's going to be hard not to bolt with the crowd at race start; I handle this by not looking around and concentrating on my breathing for the first mile or so until I am in my zone.
Most of all enjoy every minute of your experience. If you run with music, try running without it and take in the sounds and feeling of the race from start to finish.
"God gave you your body as a gift, so you should take care of it." - My Mom
Oh my gosh this is great! Left right left right. Got it!
Good advice on not trying food I've not tried before during race. Not a good time to experiment. Nice to know I don't have to do anything out of the ordinary - like eat a mountain of spaghetti. And that is an excellent point - it will be my PR!! Thanks!
*falls over laughing*
Timothy, rarely does a day go by that you don't crack me up about something. :)
Great advice, though. I love the "run your own race". I've failed that one once or twice and it's never good.
Don't try food during the race you haven't tried beforehand. Nothing worse that running with an upset stomach.
Don't worry about the miles this past couple weeks. they don't matter anyway. The past X months before hand do.
And let me know if you find a horn that goes "bwahonk". That's a sound I want to hear! ;)
Jeckie (aka. Sarah) - Lowell, MA - EST
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Ok. When the horn goes "bwahonk" run that way at a comfortable pace. Left right left right repeat as necessary until someone put a ribbon with a medal on it around your neck.
Don't over hydrate before or during the race. Coach Nancy is going to tell you that no one has ever died from under hydration. Drink when you are thirsty. Sip don't gulp. Eat dinner. Some recommend carb loading. I just have a normal dinner, maybe a little extra. Breakfast ... do not skip. I have a banana and oatmeal. You have run before. Whatever works for you. I like Jelly beans and peanut butter during the race but I always carry a Clif bar in case I need it. I have once or twice.
In all seriousness, just remember your training, run a comfortable race, run *your* race, not the one of the runner in front of you or the one behind you. Don't kill yourself, don't hurt yourself. I am guessing you aren't Kenyan so you probably won't win, so just have fun. Remember, it's sport, a game really. No matter how fast you run this, you will have a PR.
Edited by: TIMOTHYNOHE at: 12/7/2012 (16:38)
Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible and suddenly you will be doing the impossible -- St Francis of Assisi
Rock 'n' Roll Dublin Half Marathon, Dublin, Ireland, 8/5/2013
I've been running since March 2010. This will be my first half. Started Hal Higdon training in August. Had some inflamation in my foot week of Thanksgiving that set me back. Longest I've run is 10 miles twice in mid/late Nov. Have only run 3 times in the last week - no more than 4 miles at a time. Just looking for some tips on nutrition, hydration etc. leading up to the race. Also looking for energy for during race. Tried Goo an Gatorade gummies. Both gave me horrible stomach cramps later.