Just a list of things in my head. Things I would do differently. Things I wouldn’t change.
- Get those midweek miles in. I cant stress this one enough. The weekend long run means nothing if you haven’t built up your mileage in the days prior.
- Train to walk. This was advice Anthony received after his first and I thought I was adhering, but apparently not. If you don’t make walk breaks a part of your training, trying to walk/run in the race will be a huge challenge.
- Foam roll all the time. Yes, foam rolling sucks, but you know what else sucks? A cramped calf for the last 9 miles of a marathon.
- SLOW DOWN. I just couldn’t get myself to slow any more in that first 13. The race doesn’t even start until the second half. Keith (or is it Kevin that runs the Twiiter account) Hanson just recently tweeted. “Even pace or Negative splits always work best. If you run how you feel early, you will not like how you feel late “
- Your long runs aren’t races, don’t treat them like they are. I ran my 20 miler in 3:30. That’s on average 30 seconds/mile faster than my goal race pace. It wasn’t until after that run that I started to get knee and hip pain. Could I have been pain free if I had taken it easier?
- Strength Train. Its probably the single most important thing to do as a runner to avoid injury. Its also something I do none of. That needs to change. Losing some fat wouldn’t hurt either.
Fellow marathoners (that’s cool to say, ‘fellow’) what things have you learned from your past races?