Friday, September 08, 2006

Make Race Day A Great Day

Fellow Runners:

Are you getting close to the big race day? If you are, I have some tips for you to get the most out of the marathon running experience.

1. If you run one of the bigger marathons, there is going to be a lot going on. There will be bands, booths, balloons, etc. Make sure you are there early to take advantage of the fun atmosphere. Talk to all the people there. It is fun to meet others who have been training for the same goal you have, and hear their experiences. Plus you will also meet some interesting people. If you are not one of them, there will be people with funny shirts…strike up a conversation. If you participate it will be a party!

2. Wave to the spectators, they love to cheer for those who show a little bit of life. Consider wearing a T-shirt with your name on it so everyone can cheer for you by name! It will give you a big boost.

3. If it wasn’t for volunteers, there would be no marathon. Be sure to thank them. Also, thank your family and friends who come out to support you.

4. Smile when you cross the finish line, and then buy the photo. Training for and running a marathon is a lifetime achievement for most people. $15 is a small price to pay for good memories!

5. Celebrate with family and friends when you finish. I suggest you take everyone out to dinner. You should even tell the waiter/waitress you just finished running your very first marathon…they might give you a free desert.

You have been training far to long, and far to hard not to make race day a great day…have fun!

-The Marathon Professor

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