Today’s post comes from Sarah Warman of Lunges, Long Runs and Lattes, and is part of a special day of shenanigans from other Pittsburgh Bloggers. You can see my post over on lil Burghers, where I give Becky Willis some advice on being the Ultimate Soccer Mom.
Since 2008 I have amassed a resume of thirty five races including 5ks, 10ks, 10 milers, half marathons and marathons. Over this time period I’ve had many success, personal records and plenty of medals to start a decent collection. I’ve also messed up quite a few things. I’m sharing some of my mistakes so you don’t have to learn the hard way!
1. Don’t put your public transportation ticket into your shorts pockets. If you run a race in a metropolitan area, more than likely you will be using public transportation. Cities tend to close many streets during large running events and driving becomes more trouble than it’s worth. If you put your ticket in your shorts more than likely your perspiration during the race will cause your paper ticket to disintegrate into dozens of pieces. This will leave you actually running past the toll booth like a true bandit.
2. Don’t put your gel packets in your sports bra. This is obviously a tip for the female runners. I have learned this the hard way. In a fit of frustration during a marathon I pulled my irritating gel packets out of the pockets in my shorts and stuffed them into my sports bra. Little did I realize that those gel packets turn into sharp edges during the course of a four hour race. I didn’t even realize it until I got home and saw that I had a bloody sports bra.
3. Don’t wear thick cotton socks. When I played volleyball and basketball, thick cotton socks were a must. But I quickly ditched them when I started running. If you wear thick cotton socks and it rains during the race it will cause a nasty friction between your heel and sock. At the end of the race you’ll wonder why you have bloody socks until you see that you gave yourself two nice blisters during the race. Hopefully they will heal in time for your next race!
4. Don’t plan to meet up with friends in the start corrals. For smaller races, yes, you can absolutely meet up before the start. But for larger races you must meet up before entering the corral. Otherwise you will never, ever find them! Corrals usually pack in thousands of people and you will be swallowed up in a sea of neon yellow, green and pink outfits with hydration belts. Always plan to meet up somewhere else before you enter the corral.
5. Don’t plan to see your family and friends at the finish line. At my first half marathon I remember saying to my husband, “See you at the finish line!” when I jaunted off for the race. Except when I got there, he was nowhere to be found. There were thousands of people watching and I couldn’t find him. The result was me wandering around a stadium parking lot for over an hour on wobbly legs, that had just ran 13 miles for the first time ever, trying to find him! Eventually we did find each other but I could have saved myself a lot of time if we had a predetermined meet up place. Fortunately many larger races provide these locations in alphabetical order. For the sake of your tired legs, it would be wise to use them!
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