This is why I love the blogging and social media world. There are so many people out there with similar passions coupled with tons of experiences that are always willing to share and support. I received great feedback from all of you yesterday related to my upcoming races. I have a much better idea of how I’m going to tackle this thing and can’t wait for race day to get here.
Second order of business; what gear I’m going to use for the half marathon?? At this point in my running life, I’ve taken a hydration pack on all my runs longer than 10k. In the past it was always a necessity but as my fitness has improved and my body has acclimated to running, I’ve needed the hydration pack less and less. As I strategize for next weekend, I’m contemplating ditching the full hydration pack and going with a hand held. This would be a good trial run because the real plan is to train this way for the next month and a half in hopes to shed the gear for the full marathon. I think a month and a half of training will give me sufficient time to get used to running without my pack.
Looking over the course next weekend, they will have aid stations every 1 mile – 2 miles throughout the race. If I have a hand held I think that is more than enough aid stations to keep me hydrated. I plan to hit the mountain on my lunch break today and see how the hand held works out for me. On Saturday I have a 20 mile trail run planned so I’m in the process of mapping out my drop bags. This will allow me to use the hand held and then refill my water and various points along my route.
It’s exciting to be mulling over all the options for improving my running experience. There is excitement in the unknown: Will this work? Will this fail miserably? And so on….
What type of gear did you use for your last marathon or half marathon?
How much training time do you give yourself when you’re making a big change to your running routine??