Thanks to all of you that entered this giveaway, and extra thanks to all of you who took the time to leave me a piece of advice for my marathon this weekend. Make sure you keep reading below because I put together a great list of advice from everyone. :)
The winner of the book "Run! 26.2 Stories of Blisters and Bliss" by Dean Karnazes is...............................
#27 - Jess at Blonde Ponytail!!!! Congrats Jess! Send me an email with your address and I will get your book out to you. :)
Now on to the advice. I found this article called 26.2 Training Tips to make it to 26.2. Pretty fun article with some good advice. But the best tips came from you readers (and work for any race distance). Here is what you said. :)
- My best piece of advice is to relax and enjoy the journey! I have only run one marathon (Boston) and I had a blast! I have run many halfs and stressed during some. It was only until I relaxed and trusted my training that I got my pr...twice in a row!
-Best advice--Salt Lake City's weather is super variable during this time of the year (it was 70 degrees last week and now there is 4 inches of snow outside). Pack appropriately for all weather conditions! And go to places like Deseret Industries for some throwaway clothes/jackets that you can wear at the beginning and toss during the run.
-Oatmeal- my favorite pre-race or long run breakfast. Drink and eat gels (or whatever) before I feel like I need to. Walk through every aid station. (this is a personal preference- I know not everyone does this or needs to).
-My standard advice for race day--remember that there will be lows, but also know that they will pass. Ride them out and then push the pace when you start feeling better. You've got this!
-The food you eat two days before your race is more important than the day before. Carbo load two days out and eat completely normal/healthy the day before. This will help you to not feel bloated and yucky at the start from eating too much pasta the night before! Instead of overeating the day before - hydrate hydrate hydrate. It's easier to run a PR or have a great race if you feel great - don't enter it dehydrated!
-my advice is to imagine you have to run further than the actual race distance...then you might have more get-up & go for the "shorter" distance you are actually running!!
-My best advice (keep in mind I've never done a marathon) is to remain your own best friend and cheerleader throughout the race. If you stay proud of yourself, you'll do well.
-Just do you! Just do your thing, don't worry about anything else why you are on your run! BE YOU and you will be beautiful at what you do!
-My advice is don't eat anything you haven't tried before this entire week. If you don't know how your body will react to it, don't risk it.
-i have never ran a marathon but when my mom ran salt lake at about mile 18 she was really feelin it and saw a sign that said "pain is temporary, quitting is forever" she chanted that in her head over and over until she crossed the finish line. i have no doubt you'll be able to finish but if it gets painful just think "pain is temporary!" also, i am under the strong belief that if you can't make the time you want to, don't beat yourself up about it and just enjoy the fact that you are able to run 26.2 MILES! o, and GOOD LUCK!
- Advice: If this is mary #3, use that past experience. Envision yourslef on the course, as a smooth confident runner, breathing deep taking it all in. You've put in the training--time to enjoy!!
- My best advice...easy. Don't change anything or add anything new from your training. You have trained your body well and it is too late to try new things. The distance will be the only "unknown" factor so don't add on by adding new things or changing from training.
- My advice is....get as much sleep as you can, especially in the week ahead of the race. Get it in the bank and that rest will be your best friend in your marathon. Good luck!
- Enjoy and be grateful for your injury-free success!!!
- My best advice for your marathon? Hmmm. Don't drink too much water before the start! ;)
-My advice: Some things you can control - Some things you can't. Only spent time worrying about the things you can. For instance: Wear your most reliable gear, double tie your shoes, hydrate, rest, etc. That way when the unexpected happens you will still have the attitude of success knowing you did everything you could to make this your best race ever. (side note: I got terribly sick before my first half marathon and was just devastated. It was out of my control but it stunk. Only other runners understood my disappointment.) Good Luck to you, Erin!
-My advice is just to take every moment in and enjoy it. Dont make it so much about crossing the finish line at a certain time. You are going to do great. Cant wait to hear all about it
-My advice: Enjoy the run!! My personal opinion of races is as long as I finish (whether it's running, walking, or crawling), I DID IT!!
-My best advice...TRUST YOUR TRAINING...! Good luck...can't wait to hear how it goes!
-Best advice is to enjoy it and don't over think. My first marathon is still my favorite. I think I try to hard now :) Get enough rest and don't try anything new.
- My only piece of race day advice is um, don't eat greasy cheese pizza the night before ;)
-Eat, Sleep, Run,and give thanks. You have trained hard. You have earned this time. Enjoy yourself. On the practical side - protect your feet, make sure you have socks to keep your feet dry and safe. Happy Running
- My best advice would be to get a good night's sleep and just remember to have FUN on race day. ;-) That's what I always tell myself--that I am supposed to be having fun. I know you will do great Erin!
Thanks again. You all are the best! More soon. :)