Congratulations on deciding to participate in the 2015 Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Marathon and 1/2 Marathon. The decision to participate is a big one! Here are some tips from SWBC Running Team Coordinator and employee, Melissa Webb.
- Drink More Water, Less Soda
An optimal performance starts with good nutrition and a well-hydrated body. That means you’ll have to start feeding your body with micro and macro nutrients, and unfortunately, give up the soda and Whataburger®. While this can be an extremely difficult task, you would be surprised at your overall performance and mental readiness with minor changes to your diet.
- Run Less and Rest More
After weeks of preparation and training, your body needs proper rest for an optimal performance on race day. Your final days leading up to your race should consist of a gradual decline in training time and distance. While many runners may be afraid of this idea, the tapering of your training allows your fatigued muscles to repair.
- Dress for Success
Be prepared for the unexpected. Marathons are long, time consuming, and taxing on your body.
Minor obstacles like blisters from ill-fitting socks/shoes or the weather can take its toll over the course of a 13.1 or 26.2 mile run. Gear up the right way, and overcome those setbacks to finish the race. For me, it all starts with the right pair of shoes. Be sure to wear the right size accompanied by a cushioned pair of socks. And, rack up some miles well ahead of the race to break them in.
With this year’s run taking place in December, you never know what the weather will be like on race day. Thanks to San Antonio’s unpredictable and sudden climate changes, you could be running in shorts and a t-shirt or bundled up in a headband, jacket, and warm pants. Do your research leading up to the run, and plan accordingly.
Find what gets you off the couch and running down those streets. You may run for a family member, in memory of someone, or simply to be healthier. For me, I run to be a better version of myself. Whatever the reason, look within, and carry that through to the end of your run.
- Keep Going
Finally, just do it! This entire process is going to be an uphill climb (especially when you encounter the zoo hill), but believe me, there is no better feeling than setting a goal and accomplishing it. You don’t have to be the fastest participant or beat a certain time, but if you don’t register and participate, you’ll never know what you’re capable of.
Good luck to all of our participants!
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