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Race Essentials for Brisbane Marathon Festival

April 17, 2008

You have prepared physically with all the training you have done.  You can’t afford to be undone by not being mentally prepared on Sunday morning.  This post contains essential pre-race checks.  Come prepared!

Race Predictions For Cub 10km Champs:

This race will be keenly contested.  Steve Meharg is running, and he brings good form into the race, although a newborn baby has meant lots of sleep lost in the last week.  Steve is a tough customer, and if he can keep his head and pace himself he will be hard to beat!

Tony Banfield is a much more experienced customer with 2 Comrades Marathons under his belt, and his recent time trial suggests he will be pushing Steve for the title.  Tony’s experience will keep him from making the same mistakes the younger fellas often do.  Greg Hall has trained well and his recent 3km and 5km time trial also suggests he will up there in the mix.

Julie [a.m. Strider] has also prepared well and will be challenging the men.  Julie’s pacing ability and experience will see her keeping the men on their toes.  This race may come down to pacing. Julie may well find herself in the overall placings. She has done a 38min 10km previously I found out today, so watch out guys!

Half Marathon:

Wendy Clarke looks like she could take out the Half [the official Striders Half Champs is at the Gold Coast], with Gavin Hendry looking to be in the placings as well.  The advantage the morning crew have will be in the pacing discipline, and also the benefit of more hills and intervals.

Remember – the Half starts at 6am!

10km starts at 9am

The Big Green Striders Tent will be there when you arrive.  Plan on staying for the Striders presentations, and feel free to have lunch with your fellow Striders as well.  There are plenty of eateries nearby.

You will need to pick up your race kit on Saturday, to avoid the Sunday early morning rush.  Pack your race kit on Saturday so that you have little to think about on Sunday.

Here’s my normal race morning routine:

Night before: Big pasta feed, minimum meat, maximum pasta.  Don’t eat steak etc.  Keep it to pasta, you can’t go wrong.  Don’t walk around too much on Sat especially if you are doing the Half.

1.                   Rise early and eat a light breakfast using the same brekkie you normally eat. Don’t drink too much milk.  Keep it light.

2.                   Try and go to the loo before you leave home.

3.                   Pack loo roll.

4.                   Have some GU’s or PowerGel sachets ready, eat one 30min before start of race, with appropriate water. Half runner take a GU every 45min, 10km runner don’t worry about it.

5.                   Make sure you have ‘lubed’, if not, I have some ‘lube’ sachets especially for runners with Blistershield. Don’t go the ‘red headlamps’ on us now will you?!

6.                   Put your entire race gear on, and then trakkies over race gear.  Check from feet up that you have everything.

7.                   Double check pacing wristband.

8.                   Double check watch.

9.                   Don’t leave going to the loo at the race till too late, you will miss the start and be stressed.

Race Tactics:

1.                   Don’t worry about what anyone else is doing – you are running your race, and you will probably pass everyone who races in front of you at the start.  Be patient!

2.                   Stand near the front so that you avoid running around all the joggers.  Don’t be shy, go up front.  It’s easier to be passed than to pass.

3.                   Keep a lookout for km markers.

4.                   Settle into a rhythm early, and don’t worry too much about anything.

5.                   Don’t attempt any sudden surges, keep any increase incremental/gradual.

6.                   Run strongly up the hill at Botanic Gardens, have faith in the hard work you have done in hills sessions, you WILL recover and run stronger than most of the people around you.

7.                   When your body/legs start to hurt – it’s OK, they’re supposed to!!!  You are running a long way.  You WILL keep running at the same speed even though you feel worse, your body is capable of putting out and it will, you have proven that in training and in your time trials.

8.                   Enjoy the occasion and take it in.  This is why you drag your carcass out of bed so early in the morning!  Soak it up, feel the energy of the race atmosphere, enjoy the encouragements of spectators.  This is what you have been preparing for, your time has arrived.  Enjoy it, feed off it!

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