(Closed) I just registered for my second half marathon – this Saturday!

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

do you just have a regular water bottle that you run with or is it one of the handheld ones made specifically for running with the strap to attach it to your hand? I like my handheld better than my belt for long runs because the belt doesn’t like to stay in place.  

if you decide to just use your regular watch, you can always print out a pace band to keep track of your splits.

good luck 🙂

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Just look at the clock when you cross the starting line- I’ve forgotten my garmin during races before and just had to wing it doing the math to see where I was during the race- subtracting from each clock as I passed them.  Even better, just focus on the time difference each mile, so you’ll know your ile pace.

Every 2 miles= a good alternation for water…so you don’t get slosh gut.  YOu don’t need 4 clif shots during a half.  Honestly you’re risking puking if you take in that much fuel.  One or two max should be enough.  I take one at mile 7 ish of the race, but now can go up to mile 11 without anything.  Make sure you have some carbs the night before and that morning and you should be fine.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Carb up the night before, hydrate well all week beforehand.  I usually do 3 GUs during the course of a 1/2 – before, at mile 5, then again at mile 9 to get me through to the end.  I also take advantage of every water stop.

Good luck! 🙂

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Good for you! I just did my first 1/2 marathon a few days ago, the Rock N Roll Marathon in Providence. It was so much fun! I just drank a few sips of water at each water station and paced myself pretty well. It helped having my Darling Husband run w/ me 🙂

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Good luck!

I like having a fuel belt; you can get one that’s got smaller bottles so that you’re just supplementing in between water stations and also the weight of the bottles isn’t too much.  

I’m not a fan of gels personally, so no advice there.  Just do what you’ve been doing in training, and have fun!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I probably wouldn’t get a belt for this weekend if you haven’t done any long runs with one before. That’s always my biggest piece of advice- never do anything on race day that you haven’t tested out on a long run! Good luck!

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@PARISviaROME:  How was it? I backed out of the race bc its too close to my wedding date.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@mrstilly:  Ok yes, with a goal time of around 2:20, 2-3 gels might make sense.  I typically never take them in training runs under 18 miles, which takes me around 2:30- but there’s no risk of bonking when you’re running at training pace unless youre seriously underfueled. Race pace takes a lot out of you, and if you’re running for 2+ hours, you migh tneed more fuel. 

 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@madger:  This is so true- lol the first time i wore my belt i bled because it chafed my back where I stupidly forgot bodyglide!

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