Continuing my unplugged week with more great guest posts, this one comes to you from PavementRunner.com, one of the nicest guys you’ll come across in the blogosphere. He’s also quite funny, which is always a bonus. Enjoy:
Hello there MissZippy readers. My name is Brian and I blog over at PavementRunner.com. I, like you, enjoy reading everything that the “zipster” has to share and hope that I can meet the expectations that guest posting on this blog requires. Many of my posts and light and humorous, so let’s keep with that theme as I share:
Five rules for race day:
1. You’re gonna wear that?
Did you know you are not supposed to wear the event’s shirt until AFTER you have run the race? Yep. First sign of a newbie on race day is wearing the event’s shirt at the start line. First, you shouldn’t be trying anything new on race day and that shirt is about as new as it gets. Plus, you should rock the shirt after you have successfully conquered the race. Take some pride in what you just accomplished.
2. It’s a PAPER cup.
If you are going to take advantage of water stations, please don’t grab the cup out of the volunteer’s hand mid sprint. It’s a paper cup and if you squeeze too hard, it’s TLC Waterfalls all over the volunteer. They are there to HELP you– let’s not soak them in luke-warm water. It’s okay to slow down for three seconds to successfully exchange. If you find the need to keep your U.S. record pace, make advance eye contact before you get to them and try to keep both of you dry.
3. I’m not Sigourney Weaver.
Corrals are there for a reason. If you are excited and want to start with your faster friend, that’s wonderful. Ask him/her to meet up in YOUR corral. When you start in a corral set to go at a faster pace then you are comfortable with, you are asking everyone behind you to run around you. Weaving through slower traffic can burn a lot of energy in the early miles and it’s not fair to others trying to accomplish the same goals as you. If you find yourself slowing early, simply move to the right. It happens, just try to be considerate.
4. We really should have a turn signal.
When you are racing, you go forward. Seems simple, but on occasion you may need to make an immediate left or right. Please, please glance behind you or over your shoulder. The person a step behind you and to your right is not expecting you to dart right in front of them. Yes, I know you saw a porta-potty, a friend, a water station, a squirrel, but like in a car, you just can’t jerk in front of other runners. A two-second glance is all it takes to avoid a mid-run collision. You’ll both be better off.
5. You just ran for hours; a few more steps are just as important.
Yes! You finished the race you trained so hard for. But don’t forget to take a few more steps. When you cross that finish line, do not immediately stop, check your Garmin or pull out your phone to tweet. There are hundreds behind you about to be in the exact same spot. And they are going to (literally) run right into you. Move to the right (after you glance, right?) and do what you gotta do. Just don’t stand in the middle of the finishers chute two steps after the timing mat. It’s an accident waiting to happen, plus you are blocking my finish line photo! Smile, you’re about to be on my blog!
Thanks for enjoying some of my race day tips. I share these tongue-in-cheek and I know most of these unwritten rules because I have broken ALL of them. I’ve been running too long for me not to embarrass myself by doing these at one time or another. There are more, but I have too much pride to admit all my race day mistakes. Cheers.
Have you done any of the above? Do you have any unwritten race day tips to share?
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