Thursday, October 7, 2010

Last-Minute Tips For First-Time Marathoner, Anyone?

What to wear? What to bring? What's the weather going to be like? Is it going to be okay? What if...

I'm sure these thoughts are racing through my friend tahoegirl, aka Anne, as she prepares for her first marathon.

Anne will be part of the large crowds in the Windy City on Sunday as she runs in the Chicago Marathon, her first marathon. I'm quite excited for her and honored to have been helpful to her along her way. I realize my help has been rather minimal but it's still fun to have been able to help out.

Anyway, her mind is probably racing faster then her legs ever have or will. I figured I'd see if readers would chip in with any last-minute tips and/or last-minute words of encouragement.

I'll start.

Anne, you are going to ROCK the crap out of Chicago! I'm so happy and excited for you! Sunday will be a day you will remember for the rest of your life so soak it all in. As for the race itself, pace yourself at the start. The last thing you want to do is to crash and burn midway through the race. Just know that you can get this race done no matter how bad the last miles might feel. I have faith in you!!


Willoughby said...

I don't have any tips because I've never run a marathon, but I'd love to offer some encouragement!

Good luck, Anne! Kick some butt for Michigan!!

tahoegirl said...

Thank you Luis. And thank you too Willoughby. My mind is racing and I have a list of things to take and do before we leave on Saturday. I ran my last training run of 3 miles this morning. I can't believe it is almost here. I am nervous and scared but excited all at once. Bring it...