In addition to the More/Fitness Half-Marathon, I've also been training for the NYC Half-Marathon. The race took place this past weekend on Sunday. All along I've been a bit worried about running two half-marathons back to back. Would this lead to injury? Burnout? I sought the advice of Troy Jacobson, who designed the training guide that appeared in the February issue of FITNESS, and he suggested I taper a little earlier and not run really hard in the first race, then take a few days off to recover.
So I did not to go full force for the NYC Half, but instead treated as a practice run. I decided to ignore the clock and the speed of those around me despite my strong competitive streak. I just focused on having fun, and I did just that! I had a great time and finished in a better time than I had expected. All of my training paid off!
I was very fortunate for beautiful weather, no pain, no bathroom stops, cramping etc. (all things I've been worrying about because every other half-marathon I've done has included illness, heat waves and monsoons)! Since we're now just two short weeks away from the More/Fitness Half-Marathon, I thought I'd share a few tips that helped make my first big organized run this season better and hopefully will help you:
- Wear layers that you can get rid of along the way since it's really cold waiting for the race to start.
- Top off your outfit with sunglasses and/or a hat and sunscreen. You don't realize how strong the sun is even when it's cold.
- Make sure to hydrate along the way. I found that alternating between Gatorade and water at every station works best for me.
- Write your emergency contact info on the back of your bib.
- Before the race, designate where you will meet friends and family once you're done running. It's a mob scene at the finish line!
Any season runners out there have tips to add?