Here’s a brief rundown of what
happens on the morning of the run.
you need to wake up! To do this, you will have needed to set
at least 3 different alarms
the night before. I use my cell phone, my running watch,
and then of course, Andy, who has hopefully set his alarms as
well. Our friend Gordy also acts as our alarm clock as he
gets up earlier than all of us and purposefully makes a racket in the
kitchen by banging pots and pans etc. Thanks Gordy!
me personally, the very first thing I do on waking on the morning of
the race is to say “THIS
IS THE DAY”. Everything I have done for the past
6 months has been in preparation for this day. It doesn’t matter what I
have done yesterday or what I can do tomorrow, that doesn’t
count. It is what I have to do today. There are no
you should have set out your running kit the day before.
Before you get dressed, don’t forget to lubricate. That is, Vaseline and sunscreen.
to anywhere you could possibly chafe. My friend Klem
maintains the best part of running is the applying of Vaseline!
Don’t forget to apply sunscreen,
you are going to be in the sun all day. If you have
opportunity during the run, reapply the sunscreen.
now get dressed and make sure, once again that all your kit is in
order. Double check that you have your championchip
attached! Look out for small threads that could irritate
later in the day. Once I am dressed I put my goody bag
around my waist (you don’t want to forget this at home, trust me, I’ve
done that before when running the Rhodes Marathon!)
going to be a long day! I usually manage a slice of peanut
butter toast and a cup of tea. I also take a banana with me
to the start.
Getting to the start:
doubt you would have made proper arrangements the day before.
Make sure you leave in good time in case of traffic, a breakdown or any
other possible mishap.
At the start:
thing to do is to find the
tog bag truck. This can be a stressful task if
you are running late. Get a sticker for your tog bag.
Attach the sticker stub to the back of your race number. You
will need this to claim your tog
at the finish. The CMA now give runners the option of dropping
off tog bags at the EXPO in the day's leading up to the race.
I have used this option and can honestly say it takes all the
stress out of finding the togbag truck on race day!
you need to, stand in one of the toilet queues. If you are
not feeling up to queues, you are going to need to wait till the race
has started so that you can make a pit stop.
The problem before the start of the race is that you will be nervous
which means you may feel you need to wee all the time. Don’t
worry, this is normal. I find my guts take a turn when
“Chariots of fire” starts to play.
sure you get into your seeding pen in good time. Meet up with
your friends (but don’t count on it!) Enjoy the vibe and the
music. Once “Chariots of fire” has played, listen out for the
traditional cock crowing. Shortly thereafter, the start gun
will go off. Make sure your running watch
is in stopwatch mode and has been zeroed so that you can start it on
stress if you don’t move for a minute or two. Don has taken
this into account in his pacing charts.
Remember, once the gun goes off, you can do something about the
run. Go out there and enjoy the day!
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