Every once in a while, I come across those "did you know" type pieces on the tube or on the web that introduces me to something I did not know! Today I give you "did you know" about me...as I posted last yesterday, I was a sprinter in high school but never a great distance runner. But did you know, I really did not start running any distance races till the Newburyport Half Marathon in May! It was in fact it was my first race of any type since I was 19 years old when I was sprinting down the track at Arlington High School.
Ok, so with they one piece of boring information out of the way, today I hit the trails/roads following a day off yesterday,, getting back on the path towards a goal of achieving a 1:30 half marathon. Since I am clocking in at 2hrs at the moment, I have a long voyage ahead but I shall keep my eyes on the prize! Since I seem to be taking my pace down a minute (per mile) down every other month, I am on my way....
As my thoughts on the weekend, One of my major takeaways from Saturday's half marathon in Portland Maine was this - keep hydrated! As I hit the last few miles of the race, there were plenty of people hurting and that burning sun did not help. I am sure most people do this but I will mention it anyway! I drink on average 100oz a water a day and a bit more leading up the days before. Race day I start with an energy drink from Metagenics (endura) and as I run the race, I hit every water stand and drink water (trying to avoid the other drinks). I don't skip any of these stands and I believe that is what is helping me tackle these half marathons without any major hydration issues. Of course I am sure there are even better ways out there but this is what I am doing till I find a better one!
As for other things going on, I am entertaining the idea of running the Newburyport 10 miler at the end of the month. I have friends running it but I am unsure how to run it...it is not a half marathon but also not a 10k. I guess I will have to strategize and practice.
Have a good day!
Brendan McCarty is an owner of the McCarty Seasons Condo and also an former athlete hoping to be one again. Running the world in hope of becoming more in shape and a better person. This is his blog.
Half Marathon Routes completed