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5/5/14 5:31 P

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Kudos to TIMOTHY53 who was brave enough to show there are some things you shouldn't do differently on race day.

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5/1/14 2:15 A

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It's not ideal, but not everything I need for a race is allowable in international carry on luggage. One time, my luggage got lost, and I pretty much bought everythingat the expo except trainers. Also, I tend race consecutive weekends, so when I go some place, I do three or four races at a time. Sometimes, I develop issues and need to pick up something on the fly. Anyway, I'm not out to win-- just finish and raise $$ for good causes, so I tend not to get fussed about it.

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5/1/14 12:47 A

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CATIA, You mention forgetting things, picking them up at the expo, then using them for the race. I have trouble imagining this with anything! Even an identical pair of shoes or socks scares me if they are brand new.

But maybe you're thinking of something entirely different? I guess it's safe to buy a name-brand gel but I can't think of anything else I might buy the day before a race.

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4/27/14 8:37 P

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Interesting. I see this thread today, after I finished my first half marathon. Compared to Pastafarian's list:

- Different pre-race week, check. The taper about drove me nuts. I got through it by thinking of today as "the day I'm allowed to run again."

- Different wake time: Not this time. My long runs were at 7 AM on Saturdays. Race was at 7:30 on a Sunday, but the training program wanted me there for a group photo at 6:55. Since we had a couple long runs starting from the race site, this part was pretty much just like a long run day.

- Different pre-race breakfast. Nope, had the same stuff. I can see where that would not work for a race I have to travel to, but my first half is right in my home town.

- Different in-race food: Took a free GU 40 minutes in. It was Vanilla Bean, which was one of the two free flavors I tried in training. I was carrying Sport Beans and a Mandarin Orange GU, both of which I had used in training; but actually used the free one instead. I'm pretty sure I could handle any flavor of GU gels; but when push came to shove, I didn't experiment with the unknown today.

- Different in-race hydration. Not so much. I took one cup at a water station, grabbed a couple sips, and spilled most of it. Mostly, I used water from the same bottles on the same hydration belt I'd used most recently in training.

- Different distance. Not really. I'd done 13.3 in a long run, the race is 13.1. 4 weeks ago I had run 13 consisting of an easy 4 plus a 15K race.

- Different speed: Very much so. Long runs were paced at 8:30. Today I ran near 7:00. It makes a big difference.

Other stuff:

Different route: While training runs had covered all the various pieces of the race course, this was the first time I did them in the proper order. What was more important was, the roads were closed so I could actually run in the road instead of on the awful bumpy slate sidewalks along East Avenue. And no waiting for stoplights or traffic, because we had traffic support from the city.

Different breaks: Some long runs had pauses for water or bathroom breaks, by group consent. Race day, any breaks were individual preference. I didn't take any.

Different pacing: My plan had been to run with the 1:35 time pace group. Turned out there was no 1:35 pace leader. I had to choose between 1:30 (too fast for me to start out) and 1:40 (too slow for me to maintain). I ended up having to keep my own pace after the first half mile or so. This might be considered as aspect of different speed, but I view maintaining a desired pace as being a separate issue from what pace is desired.

I can see that more stuff would have to be different for traveling to a race, such as different breakfast, different wake time, REALLY different route. You just have to accept that some things will be different, and I suppose over time and repeated races you will learn what things you *want* to be different for a race. But I think the logic behind the thought of "nothing different" is, "no experiments that you don't have to make."

For example, my last experiment with gear showed the combination of my newest hydration belt and my newest compression shorts to be a failure. While I may yet find an adjustment that lets them work together, today was not a day for an experiment to see if some adjustment or other would work. It was a day to wear the hydration belt with shorts that I know will work with it, because I've used the combination successfully in training.

Oh, and why was the new hydration belt important? Because a) I suck at drinking from the water stations without slowing to a walk, and b) the previous hydration belt that was fine for long slow runs turned out to be impractical at race pace in a 15K. So I bought a new one that should work better, and tested it on tempo runs to simulate using it at race pace. And it worked fine on race day.


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4/27/14 2:42 P

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I almost always "destination race" and sometimes, I show up a little unprepared, so expos are a godsend for me sometimes. Of course races are different. I'm in a hotel, eating restaurant food, and it does change things. Still, I'm not out to win, and those differences do not usually affect me too much.

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4/27/14 6:58 A

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Very observant.....

I enjoyed your list!

I don't wear new clothes or shoes though....

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4/26/14 3:31 P

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It's a stitch to think how different a race is from a normal training run, unless you are making your race a training run.

I like race mode, and all the mental prep and work up that goes into race morning. It gets me mentally tough to run a sustained race pace that I would not achieve in training mode.

You have heard me say this before. I love the taper. It is the much needed break before the body tests its limit.



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4/26/14 12:54 P

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I agree with all that you said except I pack my own water or G2. I tend to only cool off with water stops and not drink it when it's a hot race.




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4/26/14 12:03 P

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I often hear people preach “Do nothing differently on HM day.” However, that seems a bit unrealistic, even for one's first HM. I sat down to think about what I do differently and it came to a lot of things! I was surprised how much. Here’s my list:

- Different pre-race week: I taper for a HM; never taper for long runs.

- Different wake time: For long runs, I wake up 1˝ hour early and get to the start with ten minutes to spare. For HMs, I wake up 3 hours early - to make breakfast, dress, sunblock, drive to carpool, drive to race, arrive an hour pre-race.

- Different pre-race breakfast: Because of the previous point, on race day I eat breakfast so much earlier that my GI system has time to work its magic so I can go #2. Since I get up later for long runs, there’s not enough time to digest so I eat less to avoid the bloated feeling.

- Different in-race food: During a HM, I’ll eat whatever crazy thing they put out on the tables - or if they don’t put out anything, I’ll take a gel. However, I don’t particularly like gels so during training I’ll eat real food (Lara or Mojo bar is my fav) that is not exclusively carb or I'll eat nothing at all (this combination is espoused in Matt Fitzgerald’s HM Nutrition book.)

- Different in-race hydration: During a HM, I rely on water stops rather than carrying water. This one is pretty significant since I have no control during a race where the water stops are or what they serve. Might be gatorade, powerade, various flavors, too dilute, etc. (Anecdote: An inexpensive club HM that I like alternated water stops with water and gatorade. I emailed the RD, offering to bring gatorade concentrate for the other tables. She accepted my offer. The following year, she said so many runners thanked her that she was putting gatorade at all the water stops from then on. (My little success!)

- Different distance: During HM, run 13.1. During a long run, never run 13.1!

- Different speed: During HM, run race pace. Never run that fast on a long run. (I always end HMs in discomfort. It would be a terrible sign if I ended a long run in discomfort.)


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