13.1, running, training

t-minus one week

Sooooooooooo it’s the last day of September.

When did that happen?!

It’s also the last week of my half marathon training.

Again, I ask, when did that happen?!

As of yesterday there is one week until the inaugural Rock ‘n’ Roll Cleveland Half Marathon! Friday is the Expo at the new Cleveland Convention Center and I love that it’s close enough that I can walk. I’m excited to see what vendors are going to be there and what sorts of fabulous things I’m able to pick up!

If any more seasoned longer distance runners have any advice for this newbie on handling her first half and the week leading up to it, it would be very much appreciated!

Love from the ashes,
Lady LazarusĀ 

1 thought on “t-minus one week”

  1. I don't know if 1 year since my first half marathon qualifies me as a seasoned long distance runner, but here's my advice (which I follow with varying degrees of success):
    – keep yourself well hydrated in the day(s) leading up to the race.
    – get a full night's rest the night before
    – wake up early enough to be able to eat, digest, and take care of business before the race (you know your body best, but I try to finish eating at least 60-90 minutes before the start)
    – Pace yourself. Run the first half slower than you think you can, no matter how good you feel. If you're still feeling good at the halfway point, then pick up the pace to finish the race.
    – Hand-in-hand with the last one. Run YOUR race; don't worry about how fast/slow runners around you are.
    – Have fun!
    – And of course, NOTHING NEW ON RACE DAY! Race day isn't the time to try the shoes you just bought, the cute new running shorts, or the new food/energy gel/etc. Unexpected blisters, chafing, stomach issues are the worst way to kill your race goals!


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