By Ambassador Lindsay McClelland
On October 12th, I ran my 8th marathon, The Bank of America Chicago Marathon. While I didn’t PR (personal record), I did learn some important lessons that I’m confident will make the Chevron Houston Marathon a successful race! Chicago, like Houston has great crowd support and it’s always fun to run in a big city. So here’s what I learned:
- Pack light (or bring a roller bag): I went straight from work to the airport and had way too much baggage. Between my carry on duffel and computer bag I was weighed down which left my shoulders feeling sore!
- Trust your race plan and stick to it: By the time I arrived in my corral on race day, I was so giddy and excited that I let my race plan go out the window! I made a last minute decision to run with a pace group (with a totally different plan). In the end, abandoning my plan caught up with me and led to a painful race!
- Train with nutrition and actually use it during the race: Goo, I hate it. So my solution was to abandon it completely during training. Bad idea. By not training with goo, I had a hard time stomaching the stuff on race day and definitely didn’t take in enough calories.
- Don’t forget to look around: The best part about running a race is the crowds, scenery and the other runners. At a certain point during Chicago, I stopped looking around and it wasn’t as fun! Around mile 19, I lifted my head and got back to appreciating everything around me.
- Make firm plans to meet friends: I knew at least five other runners in the race, but we never made firm plans to meet up afterwards. By the end of the race, l was pretty exhausted so making plans while hobbling around was tougher than expected.