With the Hood to Coast Relay this weekend, I thought it would be a good time to share some final tips that might help make your weekend racing experience a little better. The Hood to Coast Relay is one of my favorite races, but the excitement of the event and the duration can make it really fatiguing on the body. As you head out for the course, keep these simple tips in mind:
[For more tips, see the links at the bottom of this article.]Take a Load Off — It is very easy to find yourself standing and cheering for your team and other runners for hours on end. You don’t have to be anti-social, but sitting down while cheering will definitely save your legs. After 18 hours of standing, clapping and cheering, you may find yourself more in need of a sofa than another 10K run, so grab the bumper of the van, a rock, or a piece of grass and cheer seated.
Eat! — Make sure to eat right after you run. You want to be eating within 30-45 minutes of each of your first two running legs to help with your recovery from your run and with preparation for the next run. This means that you should carry some foods with you that are at your fingertips, rather than at the next grocery store you happen to come upon. You want to be able to reach into your bag and pop something in you mouth right after you run. There are usually tons of energy bars, gels and other things around, so I’d suggest savory foods that don’t require preparation, such as foil packs of tuna, beef jerky, peanut butter sandwiches and the like.
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