My ticket arrived! (Read 669 times)

Now that was a bath...

    I've been a little antsy because the boat ticket for my race (which is in three days) hadn't come yet. I just went outside and found the envelope on my lawn. It had fallen from the mailbox! Thank goodness there was no wind or rain today and the paper recycling lady had already been. I am so excited now that I thought I would bore you all with the news. I can't wait. I'll probably need a diaper on the boat I'll be so nervous, but I couldn't be happier that I am off to my first race Cool. I'm really looking forward to a sunny day on a beautiful island in the South Pacific too! Things could definitely be worse. I had my last run before the race this morning and I am already suffering from taper madness. In an effort to do something...ANYTHING...that might improve my performance I have stocked up on endless sports drinks, deep heat muscle rubs and a pile of books from the library. I got Running with Lydiard (very cool), Arthur Lydiard Master Coach (he's the dude of the day), Run the Lydiard Way (are you sensing a theme here) and The Runner's World - Complete Book of Running. All in all a good day but the Complete Book of Running is total crap. I hated it as soon as I saw that ' Your first race should be a 2 mile fun run. In a year's time you might well progress to a more challenging race, but the 2-mile is perfect for testing the waters. Also pick a flat course and aim for a day that's likely to feature pleasant weather conditions - particularly low heat and humidity. Women may want to try one of the growing numbers of women only races.' What, so not a 12k hill run in the middle of summer with 90%+ humidity and a lot of big men with small balls heavy breathing around me after only 9 weeks running then? I poo-pah their reserve and how the hell do you aim for a particular weather on a particular day anyhow! I'm chomping at the bit to get there now! Claire xxx
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      LoL you are making me nervous for you. Just make sure you have fun Claire!
        Here's some advice for you to ignore: Get some good sleep two nights before and the night before. Wink Good luck, girl!

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          You are really GO, now! Big grin k

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            good luck with the race, kick some arses (and the small balls) and have fun at the same time Cool aloha, steve


              Whoaaa cowgirl...pace yourself...find someone to pace with and enjoy those hills. Hoping for a great first race for you!
              Run like you are on fire! 5K goal 24:00 or less (PR 24:34) 10K goal 50:00 or less (PR 52:45) HM goal 1:55:00 or less (PR 2:03:02) Marathon Goal...Less than my PR (PR 4:33:23)
                Good Luck, Claire!

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                  Since this is your first race, I suggest you make every possible mistake in order to, you know, get them out of the way. In no particular order: 1. Eat a big breakfast within a hour of the start. Something greasy, to coat your stomach. And extra coffee. 2. Go out way too fast. I'm talking your 5K race pace out of the gate. Once you blow up and have to walk, keep speeding up and slowing down throughout the race. This is good fun and the people around you will be utterly confused. 3. By all means drink WAY more water than normal in the days leading up to the race. By falling victim to the myth that you can "superhydrate" yourself you will wash all of the sodium out of your body, dramatically increasing your odds of becoming dehydrated or hyponatremic or--if you play your cards right--BOTH! Since the race takes place in hot weather you'll also have a really good chance at heatsroke which, I can tell you from my Boston Marathon 2004 experience, is a really, really good time. 4. Warm up vigorously before the race. Do at least 30 minutes of running including some hill repeats. In hot weather races you want to get a good lather going before the gun. This way you will be aclimated to the heat and the hills. 5. Do one last hard workout the day before the race. You don't need your rest, you need more TRAINING! 6. Stay up all night. Sleep is overrated. 7. Don't bother figuring out ahead of time where the start line is. This way you can have a mad scramble before the race as you try to find it before the gun goes off. 8. Recored every km split. Actually if they have them, try to break it down to 1/4 km. Every 250m look at your watch and make sure you're on plan. If, possible, write down your target 250m splits on a wristband and constantly compare where you're at, doing the mental math in real time to determine exactly how far off target you are. And, it goes without saying that you should react to every single 250m split, adjusting your pace accordingly regardless how the race is "feeling" to you. 9. Carry as much food and water as you physically can. Bring one of those fuel belts and a camelback or whatever it takes. You should try to take in about 8 liters of fluid and at least 2000 kcals of "energy" on the run. Don't rely on the race having adequate water stations or your body's own glycogen stores. 10. Definitely bring a fanny pack and take your cell phone. Call all your friends and family giving them real-time updates of your position on course. That's all I can come up with right now. If I think of more later, I'll let you know. Have fun!!

                  Runners run.

                    "Most mistakes in a race are made in the first two minutes, perhaps in the very first minute." -Jack Daniels Have a great race.

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                      Mike--awesome list. Claire--Good luck! Run hard!
                        "Most mistakes in a race are made in the first two minutes." Yep - that was my big mistake in the 100 metres Big grin Good luck with the race. Wink


                        3000 miles

                        Sub 19:00 for 5K  05-03-13 Clee Prom 5K - 19:00:66 that was bloody close!

                        Sub-40:00 for 10K 17-03-13 Gainsborough 10K - 39:43

                        Sub 88:00 for HM


                          I'll probably need a diaper on the boat I'll be so nervous. Claire xxx
                          My Masters (>50) Race PR's: 5K - 20:17 10K - 42:36 HM - 1:31:22 Marathon - 3:20:48

                          You'll ruin your knees!

                            ""...the truth that someday, you will go for your last run. But not today—today you got to run." - Matt Crownover (after Western States)


                              How long is your race? And how are you planning to tackle it? Got any time in mind ? Post you time and splits if you can.Good luck

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                                What, so not a 12k hill run in the middle of summer with 90%+ humidity and a lot of big men with small balls heavy breathing around me after only 9 weeks running then? I poo-pah their reserve and how the hell do you aim for a particular weather on a particular day anyhow!
                                Yesss!! That's the spirit! And have a great race - with all of your tremendous energy and with as little of Mikey's list as possible Smile bas

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