Friday, April 8, 2011

Soliciting advice, and a giveaway!

Today was supposed to be a rest day, but the skies were blue, the sun was shining, and even though it snowed a bunch yesterday and last night, the roads were ok. I decided to just go out and run nice and easy. I left "Coach Bob" (my Garmin) at home and my watch, and just ran. I focused on my form and staying relaxed and enjoying it, and it was a heavenly five miles! It did my head and my body a whole lot of good and was just what I needed this morning. It was really rejuvenating. Only five more (short!) runs until Salt Lake City Marathon!

Ok, so a week from right now we will be on the road to Salt Lake City, and I will be be less than 24 hours away from the start of marathon number three. Woo hoo! :)

Since there are so many smart, experienced, totally awesome people out there reading my blog, I am going to solicit advice.

With just over a week until my marathon, I am asking you to leave a comment with your BEST piece of advice for me... either for the next week or for race day.  Even if you've never run a marathon (or even a race) I have no doubt you can come up with something. My five year old told me, "Don't trip". See? Even a five year old can offer up some good tips. :)

And as a thank-you for your advice, I am going to give away a new copy of  "Run! 26.2 Stories of Blisters and Bliss" by Dean Karnzes.

I just finished reading this last night and it was a fun and inspiring read.

So do you want to win some Dean? Or just give a girl some encouragement and advice? Here is how to enter.
- You must be a follower. Either become a follower by clicking "Follow" on the right hand side of the blog page, or leave a comment letting me know you already are. (one entry)

- Leave a comment with your best piece of advice for me for the next week, or for next Saturday... race day! (one entry)

- Bonus entry - post about this giveaway on your blog or facebook and send people to this post.

Thanks in advance!! :)

I will pick a winner using Random.org on Thursday, April 14 and will put together a post using your best tips.

Happy Friday everybody!!

64 comments:

fancy nancy said...

I'm a follower!

fancy nancy 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!

fancy nancy said...

Oh yes and good luck to you!!!!

ann said...

i'm a follower!

Becky said...

I'm a follower!

Becky said...

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.

Good luck!!

Jerilee E. said...

My first marathon isn't until May, so you know everything I know and more!

Things that have helped me on half marathons and long runs:
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).

That's all I got :).
I'm excited to read other people's advice.

misszippy said...

I follow

misszippy said...

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!

misszippy said...

Posting this on my blog

Mile Posts by Dorothy Beal said...

I'm a follower :) and I'd love to read this book!

Mile Posts by Dorothy Beal said...

Advice: 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!

Great giveaway :)

Kiley said...

I follow

Kiley said...

posted on my blog - http://dailyvitaminf.blogspot.com/2011/04/total-giveaway-tuesday-8.html

Kiley said...

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!!

Mallory said...

I'm a follower!!!!

Mallory said...

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.

Jen said...

i am a follower

Jen said...

My advice - the advice that I am trying to follow is:

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!

Jen said...

Posted on my blog - http://runnermaybe.blogspot.com/

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

I am a follower!

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

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.

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

linked on my sidebar!

Christie said...

i'm a follower!

Christie said...

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!

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

So excited for you E! And I love your new prof pic! FOLLOWER!

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

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!!

Haley @ Climb Run Lift Mom said...

I'm a follower

Haley @ Climb Run Lift Mom said...

I don't have any advice, I'll just keep my fingers crossed the weather perks up :)

Haley @ Climb Run Lift Mom said...

Shared on my FB page

Haley @ Climb Run Lift Mom said...

Linked to my blog sidebar :)
http://climbrunliftmom.blogspot.com/

Shannon Price said...

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.

Terzah said...

I'm a follower!

Terzah said...

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!

Shana said...

I'm a follower.

Emily said...

I'm a follower.

Emily said...

Enjoy and be grateful for your injury-free success!!!

emily said...

And shared on facebook.

Zoë said...

I follow!

Zoë said...

My best advice for your marathon? Hmmm. Don't drink too much water before the start! ;)

Zoë said...

Added link to my blog:
http://www.runzoerun.com/p/giveaways.html

and to the new Running Giveaway listing site:
http://runnerswag.blogspot.com

Kris said...

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!

Marisa Olsen said...

I'm a follower!

Kara Lynn said...

I'm running salt lake too!! I don't have any advice for you because it's my first, but kick some butt and I hope you smash your four hour goal!!

Penny said...

Good luck on your Marathon. 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

Penny said...

Already a follower

The Green Girl said...

I'm a new follower!

ozone3 said...

I'm a follower!! :)

ozone3 said...

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!!

Penny said...

Posted on my blog

Pinkhatrunner

Annette@(running)In the Right Direction said...

I'm a follower!

Annette@(running)In the Right Direction said...

My best advice...TRUST YOUR TRAINING...! Good luck...can't wait to hear how it goes!

Kevin said...

My best advice: Don't do anything new in your nutrition or your pacing. And one more thing: Negative splits! In the early miles, if you don't think you are running too slow, then you are running too fast.

Stacie said...

I'm a follower!!!

Stacie said...

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.

Stacie said...

I posted the giveaway on Facebook & tweeted ~ windyrunner

Stacie said...

I posted the giveaway on my blog.

BabyWeightMyFatAss said...

I'm a follower!

BabyWeightMyFatAss said...

My only piece of race day advice is um, don't eat greasy cheese pizza the night before ;)

wendy said...

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!

wendy said...

I am a follower.

ConnieKay said...

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 ~ Connie

Kristen said...

I'm a new follower

Kristen said...

I added the giveaway to my blog