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"What was the best piece of advice you got regarding Marathon or Half Marathon?
Christy -- Don’t go out too fast!!
Irene -- Don't skip any training runs. Every run adds to your success.
Michelle -- Think of the marathon as your victory lap to show for all the months of training you've already done & have fun w/ it. Don't go out too fast is also good, but I learned that the hard way!
Evangeleen -– Don’t stop the running/jogging motion, even if your running slower than walkers, don't stop moving. When you stop is when you stiffen and cramp.
Alicia -- Don't wear ANYTHING on race day that you haven't worn on a long training run. It's a no-brainer for shoes, socks and clothing, but this also includes sunglasses, hat, and any accessories.
Pamela Sue -- Cut your toenails 2-3 days before the race.
Paul -- There is no substitute for long training runs. If you haven't ran at least close to 26.2 in training, you will find it incredibly hard to do it on race day. Get in your training miles and then enjoy the event.
Sue -- To add to Alicia's comment, don't try anything new on race day. Drink, gels, snacks, etc.
Lance -- I'd not run over 18 before my first, but ran a non-stop 3:03. But that was during my mid-20's. Stretch, stretch, stretch!!
Suzanne -- Have fun!
Suzanne -- And I never run over 20 miles anymore in training. The last 10k is all in your head anyway.
Claire -- Don't second guess yourself on this decision. Know you can do it.
Terri -- The best advice given to me was don't go out too hard. The best advice I'd give someone is that in your first marathon, your goal is to finish, not qualify for Boston. Respect the distance or you will suffer.
Mary -- Find the joy!
Mike -- It's about looking good not how fast you run!
Irene -- One more important item to success…. ice baths after any runs that are longer than 13 miles.
Aimee -- Enjoy the run, look for the photographers, smile and don't miss a high five!
Angie -- Just keep going!
Zachary -- It's so much longer than you think
Devon -- Trust your training :)
Rich -- Don't go out too fast!
Tonya -- Don't sit down, you may not be able to get back up.
Audrey -- Run "even effort" on the hills
Sara -- If you can make it to the start line you can make it to the finish line
Marla -- You can do it! Worst advice? You aren't ready.
L -- Keep moving.. do not stop even if you must walk!
Jessica -- It's 99% mental and 1% physical
Ted -- Run a mile, walk a minute!
Amanda -- Training is the hard part. Training is a mental battle. Just stick to a program. You'll be fine.
Gaby -- The race starts at mile 22!
April -- Walk through each exchange your planning on drinking at. Take in the liquid, then run again. No inhaling H2O through your nose.
Frank -- A marathon is nothing more than the victory lap for the hard work you've put in - enjoy the ride
Judy -- Drink at every station no matter what! At the end you will finish strong and will have better time. Trust me!
Cindy -- Find you happy pace…it's your pace!
Renee -- Enjoy the moment. It's a huge accomplishment just getting to the start line.
Maria -- Have fun! & Just think of it as long training run.
Christi -- This is just another training run. Trust your training, your body knows what to do! Thank you Jeremy Hanson!!
Matt -- Stick to your pace for the first 20 miles no matter how easy it feels and have fun.
Maxine -- The race is a victory lap. The work is in the training. Also: fueling is key!
Ronald -- First half of a marathon is 20 miles, second half is 6.2 miles.
Michelle -- Smile and look like you are having fun.
Sara -- That the actual race is your victory lap for all the hours you put into training for it…
Are you such a dedicated (and waterproof) athlete that you ran outside in the pouring rain today?
Terri -- Yup. I did.
Heather -- Yes
Linda -- Yes, I just did too! If you don't run in the rain in OR, you don't run.
James -- Done
Trevor -- 5:30 this morning. Not a long run, but still got one in.
Debbie -- I don't mind the rain, but it was still quite windy on the coast today, so I passed…
Melissa -- Did my speedwork and got my shower out of the way this morning! # multitasking rules :)
Kevin -- Done on the beaches of Arch Cape this am. Drenched and refreshed.
Renee -- If I was running today, I definitely would go outdoors.
Jen -- Done. :)
John -- Definitely not waterproof. Plan to run to the tune of a movie on a treadmill inside today.
Crystal -- Running after work. Love the rain! Most of my route today is under trees. If you’re an outdoors in Oregon you have to own rain gear!
Jayde -- Love running in the rain, actually
Christine -- You betcha! Embrace your inner child. Play in the rain!
Devon -- I want to, I just need to figure out what to do with my munchkins while I go! ;)
Maxine -- Yes, speed work in the rain!
Tracy -- Yes, have too! Was pretty sick during the stretch of sunny and cold weather, so missed many running days, unfortunately. I need to catch up on my training.
Heather -- Absolutely!
Sascha -- Not only going for a 5m run, but also going lap swimming…
Boaz -- I just ran 21KM and still can run in rain.