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Friday, 22-Apr-2011 13:48 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Race Day Supplies


Greetings fellow runners!

Last night (for those that made it out) I talked a little about preparing for race day. Some of the points covered included:

    ■ Preparation for race day starts the week before the race, and especially the last two to three days before.
    ■ The night before likely you won't have the best sleep ever, so it's really the two nights before that, that you want to get to bed early and get plenty of rest. Also the day before the race, don't decide you want to go sightseeing all over town. Best to rest up.
    ■ Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. In the days leading up to the race, always have a bottle of water or gatorade at your side and top up through the day.
    ■ Try to do an easy, light 15-20 minute run the day before the race just to loosen up your legs.
    ■ Remember the lessons we learned in our nutrition session. Load up on carbs in the days before the race, but the night before, just have a light meal.
    ■ The day before, make sure to lay out all your race gear and accessories you'll need. Use the attached sheet as a guide as to what to pack if you're going to a race out of town, or what to have on hand for race day.
    ■ The morning of get up in plenty of time so you can have something to eat (ideally oatmeal or bagel/banana), start drinking fluids when you wake up but quit an hour before race, and make sure you get to the event with plenty of time to spare. Ideally be at the race an hour or more before gun time.
    ■ Some runners like to bring a garbage bag or throwaway clothing to wear while they are waiting in the cold for the race to start. Then once the race starts you can discard these items.
    ■ A light jog up and down in front of the start area can be good for loosening up the legs and calming pre-nace jitters.
    ■ Have your watch set to start timing when you cross the start line, and be sure to have your 10 & 1 settings loaded.
    ■ You may not need to carry water with you if you're planning on running under an hour. If you're going to be out there over an hour you might want to have your water bottle on hand, although there will be water stations.
    ■ Most importantly: HAVE FUN! Be aware of your surroundings. Soak in the atmosphere. High five spectators as you pass them. Enjoy yourselves!
    ■ GOAL: Reach the finish line upright and smiling!

"All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt!"
Lucy Van Pelt In Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz.

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Sunday March 13 Group Run


Hopefully you remembered that the clocks went forward at midnight on Saturday, so hopefully you won't all be an hour late on sunday morning for our group run at 8:30 am.

Our route will be as follows (10 and 1's)

Leave the store and head east along Bloor to Pacific Ave, one street east of High Park Ave.

Turn left onto Pacific and head north to Dundas Street West. Be careful crossing at Annette Avenue.

Turn left onto Dundas Street West and run west until you reach St. Johns Road, just passed Clendennan Ave.

Continue west along St. Johns Road to Jane Street. Be careful crossing the lights at Runnymede.

Turn left onto Jane Street and head south to Bloor Street West.

Turn left onto Bloor and head back to the store, be careful running into sunday morning pedestrians on Bloor and crossing main intersections at Windermere and Runnymede.

The distance according to google maps is 6.33km. A map is attached.

Have a good run, see you in the morning![img]

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