Ok runner friends – I need some advice!
Trying to put together some plans for our first full marathon next weekend, and need help with some of these decisions.
- Do you bring your fuel belt or rely on course aid stations? I’m thinking I’ll carry Gu packets but rely on stations for water and Gatorade. What’s your tactic? Keep in mind that I’m used to running in Florida heat so cooler weather means I drink far less than usual. Will aid stations be there when I need them?
- My shoes have 250 miles on them. Should I get a new pair of the same model so they’re fresh for the race? I’m not trying to set any land-speed records, but if there’s ever a time that fresh shoes make a difference, I’d assume this is it. I’ll have to buy them in the next few weeks anyway. Thoughts?
- Will we be able to walk, drink and dine on Saturday night, after the race? We’re hoping to hang out at the post-race party for a while, then head back to our hotel to shower and nap. Then, we intend to celebrate in a very serious fashion since we’ve been on restriction for 18 weeks. I want to make dinner reservations but I’m curious if we’ll be able to walk around the downtown area or if we should plan to post up at one bar/restaurant and hang out around there most of the night.
- Lastly, how about our 7 hour drive home on Sunday? Will we be comfortable enough? Is that going to be as easy as I’m expecting or will be all tight and sore and crampy?
These are the things that keep me Googling all day, friends. I’m curious – and you’ve got so much experience! Help me out here. What’s my ideal approach?