Post # 1
Any bees running this race? I was planning an August half for last weekend, but backed out because I had a head cold. I’m feeling much better now and am excited for this race, though nervous about the heat.
It’s my second half; my first was in May. It was hot for May and I finished in 2:21. My goal is just to beat my time and have a better race mentally. Last time I nearly gave up when I forgot what time we started and thought I was 30 minutes behind where I was. I started walking, got really pi$$ed off and it messed with my head for the rest of the race.
I’m trying to figure out if they are going to have drink every mile. I don’t like carrying my water bottle, but I think I should since I prefer to sip now and then, than just take in what I can at the stations. I’m debating about getting a belt to try out this week, so I don’t have to carry the bottle in my hand, but I don’t know if it’ll be a good idea to try that out race day without having done a long run with it first.
I’m going to take a clif shot at the start and every 3-4 miles.
I don’t have a gps watch, and hate watching the time/pace go by, but I don’t know that I want to carry my phone which is what I use for training runs. Should I just wear a regular watch and do mile splits?
Any other tips? Advice?
Post # 3
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
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
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
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
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
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 # 9
I think I’m going to suck it up and take my handheld. It’s a Nathan’s bottle with a hand strap and is meant for running.
I emailed to ask about water stations, and there are only going to be 7 during the half marathon. Considering it is August and expected to reach a high of 87 that day with no cloud cover, I don’t think that is enough.
I think I’m going to aim for 2-3 gels instead of 3-4. I run about 10 minute miles, and my goal is to hit somewhere between 2:15 and 2:20 depending on the temps. But I was reading about nutrition during the race. Typically I don’t have any fuel during runs unless they are over 9-10 miles (or I steal crackers from my son in the jogger!) I don’t use sports drink during the race, just water, and I like the taste of clif shots.
Now I’m just worried because my stomach has been off.
Post # 10
@PARISviaROME: How was it? I backed out of the race bc its too close to my wedding date.
Post # 11
@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
@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!