October 5, 2011 by Danielle
If you couldn’t tell from my increasingly crazy/obsessive posts, I’m a little nervous about my race on Sunday. I’d say its 20% tapering hyperactivity (more on that later today), 130% nerves and fear of the unknown.
In order to bring a little bit of control to the situation (I’m a little TYPE A, I can’t help it!), I’ve been devouring race recaps from some of my favorite blogs to see if I could learn a little somethin’ somethin’ about what to expect come race day.
Here’s what I learned:
Monica at Run, Eat, Repeat has a goldmine of race recaps (I recommend you read them all), but the most exciting nuggets of information were-
- When it’s your first ever marathon you always wave and smile for the photo ops 🙂
- A complete race recap of the race I’m running! That helped calm my fears a bunch.
I loved Hungry Runner Girl’s “Marathon Lesson’s Learned.” Here are a few of my favorite takeaways.
- BE YOUR OWN BIGGEST FAN. Cheer yourself on, act amazed with yourself, recognize that you are hard core…..for goodness sake be a little COCKY about the task you are undertaking.
- Reserve your energy. Use every ounce of energy efficiently. Move horizontally, not vertical. Use your arms a little less.
- Make friends with the other runners. Yeah they are your competition but they will become your biggest resources and you will learn a lot from them.
- “Meals and Miles” Meghann’s VERY first marathon.
- Jen from Peanut Butter Runner runs one of the largest marathons in the country.
- Caitlin from Healthy Tipping Point had a first marathon goal that is similar to mine–FINISH ALIVE.
- Running over 20 miles is uncharted territory, so it’s great to see that Tina from Carrots ‘N Cake had the same issue and kept calm and carried on