Tuesday, November 5, 2013

7 tips to running the Women's Half Marathon in Scottsdale

If you missed it, check out the vagina medal in yesterday's post.  I am now a proud owner of a vagina medal and can't say I have any other medals like that.   Since I would have nothing to write about for a"I Rocked It" race report, I'm doing a post of top 6 tips for running the Women's Half Marathon in Scottsdale.
  1. Leave your hand sanitizer at home. This race is so well equipped with hand sanitizer in the portapotties and sinks with water, you won't need your own hand sanitizer for 'just in case'.
  2. Bring your own GU.  For two years in a row although there was Power Gel on the course around mile 7, there was no one to hand it out. At least this year the boxes were open and placed at the end of the table but it would still require you to run off to the side, open it and stop in order to get the water (which there were only about 5 volunteers at the water stop)
  3. With only two of the seven aid stations having Gatorade plan your fueling without relying on what's out on the course.
  4. Get ready to rock out. There are numerous points where the music is blasting helping you keep up your running pace.
  5. Ignore the BS that it's a downhill course. Race organizers love it when it's net downhill and they can advertise it as downhill but net downhill doesn't mean there aren't any flipping hills.
  6. Start out slow!  Don't make the mistake I've made for the last two years and go out too fast and then fall apart at mile 8.  The downhill start tricks you into a false sense of confidence that doesn't carry through when the race gets tough.
  7. Do something super fun, like photo bomb someone's pre-race photo. If I ever meet that Jacquie gal, I'll have to tell her to loosen up and have some fun.  She's SOOOOO serious.

Happy Running!

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