Hi, Runners. I hope that those of you who ran enjoyed the Tulip Time races!
This week’s blog is brought to you by Quinn.
Here are his River Bank race day tips!
We are coming ever closer to River Bank Run and with that the end of this season! Let me first off say it has been an absolute pleasure to train with all of you over the past months!
With River Bank Run fast approaching I have a few tips for dealing with inclement weather on race day! As some of you might recall, weather for last year’s River Bank Run was not the best, in fact it was anything but that. Below you will find a few tips for surviving a potentially rainy race day!
- Pack An Extra Outfit
I’m a huge believer that you should always pack an extra shirt, an extra pair of pants, and an extra pair of socks! That way if your first outfit ends up getting soaked you can change into a dry one after your race. The less time you spend in wet clothes the less likely you are to get sick!
- Bring a Garbage Bag
Another great tip that I’m sure you have all utilized is using a garbage bag as a rain poncho. River Bank is a very popular run, which means you will spend a lot of time at the starting line before actually starting to run. A great way to stay dry while you’re waiting is to wear a garbage bag! It’s waterproof and windproof so it will help keep you warm/dry while waiting!
That being said, as soon as you start running you need to ditch the bag! Trying to run in a garbage bag will not be fun, so make sure to get rid of the bag before you start your race.
This one may seem strange, but even when it’s colder and raining you still need to make sure you are drinking enough water. It’s a rather common misconception that you don’t need to drink as much water when it’s cold. This however is simply not true. It is possible to still get dehydrated while it’s cold outside. So make sure to drink lots of water during the days leading up to and the day of your race.
- Lightweight Jacket
For days when you aren’t quite sure what the weather will bring I always like to include some type of lightweight, packable jacket in my outfit. Something similar to the LSD Jacket from Brooks is a great option. Having a coat like this will help to keep you comfortably warm, but also dry before or during the race. As well, since it is a packable, if you get too warm during the race you can simply take the jacket off, fold it into itself, and continue on your way.
- Use the V.I.P. Room
Hopefully you have all started to pick up your V.I.P. room Tickets for River Bank Run. This is a great tool for all of you and absolutely should be utilized on race day! If it does end up raining, the V.I.P. room will be a great way to stay dry and warm before the race!”
Your Challenge this week is to get race-day ready! Have your gear laid out and/or packed the night before. Know what you’re going to wear. Know where your nutrition is. Check out the course to see where nutrition and water will be on course. Know where you’re going Race Day, where you’re parking, etc. I want you to do everything you possibly can to feel prepared for Saturday!
Wednesday we are at Gazelle Sports Holland. Yes, I realize it’s Tulip Time. My apologies for that in advance. But know that you may have to park in the parking garage – a little further from the store. This is our last official group meeting for a run this season!
Complete: 1 Mile Easy/1 Mile Tempo/1 Mile Recovery
Compete: 1 Mile Easy /2 Mile Tempo/1 Mile Recovery
Saturday – Race Day! – Fire up, get excited! And please see this week’s e-mail for all race-morning details.
See you all out there running!