Claire's also dabbling a little in the running world. Ah, a subject a little more to my liking and understanding! I told her I'd reciprocate her blog gesture with one of my own to her, about running, what else!. She's entering her first race, a 5-miler! Not a 3.1 mile 5K; nope, her first race is going to be 5-miles. Wow! Starting with a bang...Atta girl!!
Somewhere I got my wires crossed and thought Claire's first race was Thanksgiving and I was composing a blog to her about hydration, carb-loading, focusing, pre-race prep, race strategies, etc. and was going to present this beautifully thought-out, well-composed masterpiece to her next week. Well, I got to thinking this morning, as I was organizing my day in my head before I crawled out of bed, that I had no Halloween candy for those darling little Trick-Or-Treaters tomorrow. There's a reason for that - that being I have zero self-control and therefore cannot buy those handy sized sugar-loaded "things" until, max, the day before Halloween; anytime sooner and well, it'd be all gone. Thinking you'll just have "one" turns into ten before I realize what damage I've just done. If sugar's here, I'll eat it. Thus the constant comment from my daughter, "We have nothing good to eat in this house!" I guess that may be true if your age still is in the teens, but I tend to disagree; there's nothing wrong with an apple or a banana....and we have plenty here all the time! Sugar's fine in small amounts; 10 lbs bags of Halloween candy consumed in one sitting is not.
Anyway, back to my morning ritual of preparing my entry to the world after slumberland.....realizing it was Halloween tomorrow, it hit me that I think I had the wrong holiday of Claire's entry to race-world! I think it's tomorrow - Halloween! A quick message to Clair asking to verify race date; off to cycling class; check messages upon completion of class; confirmed message that yes, her race IS tomorrow. *sigh*
So I am sorry, Claire, that I failed you! I will say this though about the race tomorrow - just a few minor tips:
-Get all your race attire laid out tonight with bib pinned on.
(I like to wear my bib on my shorts and not my shirt. On the shirt, it bothers me as my arms pumps across it)
-Scrunch up the bib in your hand and then un-scrunch it flat on where you choose to wear it on your attire. If it's scrunched, it's not so big and bulky and cumbersome as it is in it's "new" state.
-Drink LOTS of water today.
-Get to the start early tomorrow.
-Before you line up, run a little,stretch, run a little, stretch, then run a little and stretch. 3 times. Not more than 100M running. Do dynamic stretching, not static stretches.
-Don't start too far back.
-Look around you at the start and eye-up the competition and pick a few out ahead of time that you want to kick their butts! You'll know who they are...the ones you just KNOW you can beat cuz you're in such awesome shape and they are....well....not!
-DON'T, DON'T, DON'T start off too fast. More races are killed within the first few steps because you start running faster than your body can sustain for 5 miles. Don't get caught up in the endorphin rush pushing you faster the first mile cuz by mile 4, that's just not going to feel that great!