This will be my race director Mantra for the next several months!! Yes, couple months back, I agreed to accept the role as race director for the 5K and 1 mile run that is held each year in support of the school that my son attends. I was really apprehensive about it, and still a little nervous! The race is ran in October and actually falls on Halloween day this year!!! But, the planning begins next month!!!
Luckily, the previous race directors kept a notebook of check lists!!! So, technically, I have been given an outline to follow!!! But, still, going to take a great deal of planning and work to make sure that the race is a success!!!! Hoping to gain a great deal of community support and put on a race that all the runners have fun!!! Trying to determine if the run should be advertised as a costume run to make it a bit more fun. Some runners like the costume thing and others not so much. I always like seeing people dressed up!!! After all, we run to have fun too, right?!?
Now, on to something that I haven't actually experienced or know a whole lot about, the "wall." I have heard runners talk about "hitting the wall" and how awful it is to over come. Apparently, the "wall" comes when the the muscles in the body deplete of glycogen. I hear that the "wall" often occurs in mile 20 of a marathon. I have actually never ran a full marathon, hence, why I have probably never experience this so call "wall." Honestly, this is one thing that scares me a bit about taking on a marathon. I mean, a half marathon is definitely one heck of an accomplishment for any runner in my book! 13.1 miles is not easy distance and requires training! However, I believe that a full marathon is a totally different beast! I suppose with the proper training and learning how to fuel for a marathon, this "wall" could be avoided. I bet it takes a lot of discipline to pace yourself too in order not to burn out your fuel too early. I think with the upcoming Boston Marathon, I have marathon running on my brain!!
But on a funny note, especially all of you that do have a FULL MARATHON in your future, here is a funny sign I saw on Pinterest:
Have you ever directed a race? Any tips to share?
Have you ever "hit the wall?"
How do you fuel for a full marathon? Days ahead and during the marathon? Would love to hear from experienced runners.....
HAVE A GREAT REST OF THE DAY!!!! UNTIL later.........