One of the tools I used to help me reach my goal of running the Salt Lake City Marathon in under four hours was an awesome pace band from Races2Remember. These bands are great! When you are ordering on the website you put in what your goal time is, and then if you want to run even splits or with a "warm up" (slower) in the beginning. You can also enter your own pacing strategy. Even better is that SmartPace Bands from Races2Remember even are custom made to the race course that you will be running!
The Salt Lake City marathon had a lot of hills (both up and down), and so even though my goal was to run even splits (or as close to as possible), I also knew that uphill miles would likely be slower than downhill miles. The SmartPace bands did all the figuring for me, and on race day I had a plan for every mile around my wrist. (I don't know about you, but once I start running my math skills go out the window!).
I found it really, really handy to look at the pace band at the beginning of each mile and know what my target pace was. The SmartPace Bands also have room for a motivational phrase of your choice which was super nice too. I put "Courage, Faith, Strength" on mine.
With one order you get three pace bands (three different times). I only wore one during the SLC marathon and it held up great and was a very helpful tool.
Along with their SmartPace Bands, Races2Remember has other great race-day products. They have "Grace Bands" which are custom made with what you want to think about each mile of your race (people to remember, power phrases, whatever!). They have back bibs that you can have custom made with your name, the cause you are running for, someone you are remembering, or anything you want it to say. You can also get custom made tattoos, name bibs and cheering signs for your fans!!
Another service they provide (for free!) is a spectator timing chart ("ChaseCharts"). You put in the fastest you could run and the slowest, the start time of your race and how long it should take you to cross the start line at the beginning of the race, and it makes a chart for your fans saying what time range you should be passing each mile marker. My family used this in Salt Lake and it was very helpful. :)
Races2Remember has WONDERFUL customer service and really great products. AND, they are going to give away any one product from their website (except for a cheering sign) to one lucky reader of See Mom Run Far. Winner gets to pick their prize!
Want to enter?
- Be a follower of See Mom Run Far. You can become a follower by clicking "follow" on the right hand side of the blog. Leave a comment and let me know you are a new follower or an existing one. :)
- visit Races2Remember and leave another comment here, letting me know what you would choose if you win.
Bonus entries -
- Post about this giveaway on your blog, facebook, etc. (then leave a comment here letting me know)
- Like Races2Remember on facebook here and tell them I sent you ( then leave a comment here letting me know)
I will pick one random winner on Monday, May 2. Good luck! :)