Just a few little tips I have picked up in the training for and completing my half-marathon that they dont tend to write about in the happy go lucky training books;
- If you pin your bib number to a cotton t-shirt and then run 21.1km, likelihood is that you will have 4 holes in your shirt by the end of the run.
- If after having a shower you don't think you have any chaffing, jump into an Epsom salt bath just to check. Assure your husband that you are in fact fine, despite yelling "motherf*&ker" loud enough to make the neighbour blush.
- You might gain weight, be it the extra serving of lasagna you grab because "I ran 15km this morning" or that thing they call muscle, whatever it is, its a kilo or two extra that you need to cart around that bloody course.
- You can never use too much vaseline. Buy a big tub when you start training, you will not want to run out.
- After a long run, wear a clean pair of compression pants for the rest of the day, sleep in them if need be. Your legs will thank you the next day. Just be sure not to leave the house because you do not look sexy at Woolworths in compression tights.
- On race day, the adrenaline and excitement of actually doing the half-marathon will spur you on. This may lose momentum around the 15km mark, especially when everyone around you is either walking or running at a pace slower than your walk. Then you make your own motivation by overtaking people one by one. Its even better if you overtake them walking when they are running.
- Both during and immediately after the race, you will tell yourself that you are done, that you are never running that far EVER again. Until you find yourself at home that evening googling the ways to gain entry into the New York marathon.
Any other pearls of wisdom anyone would like to share?