Sergeant Tony's Blog


Sunday, Nov. 25th 2007 12:21 PM

Sgt. Tony’s Tips for Running the St. Jude Half Marathon


• Don’t do, eat, drink, or wear anything on race day that you haven’t done in training. You don’t want any surprises on race day.

• Don’t eat or drink anything during the race that you haven’t tried out in training.

• I park at the Peabody Place parking garage. It’s convenient to both the start and the finish lines.

• I always arrive early and take a duffle bag with a change of clothes, toiletries, shower shoes, and towel to Auto Zone Park, where you can check it with volunteers. Since the race ends at Auto Zone Park you can use the player’s locker rooms and showers. No coed showering allowed!

• Lay out all of your clothes and gear the night before.

• Double knot your shoe laces.

• Use “Body Glide” or some similar product to “lube” the parts of your body that might get chaffed or blistered, like your feet, thighs, and underarms.

• Wear cheap, old, or worn out outer warm-ups, sweats, shirts, or jackets for the race that you wouldn’t mind losing when you take them off 5 minutes before the race begins or discarded along the route as you warm up.

• Your last “big meal” ought to be Thursday night, for the Saturday morning half marathon. Some have had success with their last big meal being breakfast or possibly lunch on Friday. I’ll have my last big meal on Thursday night.

• Thursday ought to be your hydration day. Drink 4 to 6 oz. of water every hour you’re awake. Cut back on caffeine, salt, and alcohol, since they can contribute to dehydration.

• Remember, it’s a 13.1 mile event. The biggest mistake is to go out too fast. Don’t be intimidated by the “gazelles” or led by the misguided who start out like rabbits and who’ll probably finish like turtles. Run your own race. If anything, start out a little slower than you intend to be running by the third mile. So fight the urge to blast off at the beginning.

• Running etiquette says that you don’t stop in front of the tables at the water stations and drink. Be aware that others aren’t going to stop to get anything to drink. Keep moving!

• If you’re NOT going to take a cup of water or sports drink as you go through an aid station, then don’t run close to the water tables and volunteers. That way you won’t run into someone who suddenly stops to chug the water.

• Enjoy yourself! You already know that you can “go the distance!”

• Be sure to say “THANK YOU!” to the volunteers!

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