Traveling To Races

Y’all have heard me talk so many times about how much I love to travel to races.  I honestly don’t do that many in my hometown anymore.  I enjoy getting out and about.  (But, I am slowly working on doing some local races to show support). Anyway, it’s important to make sure that you have everything packed that you are going to need. There is nothing more annoying than to have to run out to a store the night before a race and hope that they have what you need.  Which many times – they don’t.  So, I thought that I’d give you some tips and what I do when getting ready to go out of town for a race. I become obsessed with weather apps.  I have The Weather Channel and Weather Bug on my phone.  I’ll start checking about a week out for the weather of where I’m … {Continue Reading… }

How To Deal With A Bad Road Race

Here we are right in the middle of road racing season.  Running road races are great for runners. You can see how much you’ve improved at a certain distance.  Running a race at a longer distance is always great, also. But, if you’ve been running for any time – you’re going to have a race that just doesn’t go as planned. You just didn’t feel good and barely made it to the finish. It’s important to deal with those bad races correctly. The first thing that you want to do is to go over the race in your mind and figure out what went wrong. Was it the weather on race day? Do you not train as hard as you should have? Did you go out too fast? Were you just feeling bad that day? Was the course tougher than you thought it would be? Did you eat something that you … {Continue Reading… }

Don’t Hate The Porta-Potty!

The Porta-potty.  It’s something that doesn’t have it’s praises sung very often – but, it should! If you’re a runner and have run a race – I know that you’ve visited one.  Probably even more than once. First of all, I’m not a germaphobe.  Going to a porta-potty doesn’t bother me.  Yes, I know, after so long they don’t smell the greatest.  Well………if I don’t get to one – I may not smell the greatest, either!  I’ve visited so many bushes during long runs – I see the porta-potty for the wonderful travelling toilet that it is! My hubby and I used to have season tickets to Virginia Tech home football games.  One of the people that we went with refused to go to the bathroom anywhere while we were there.  We got there super early to tailgate – and she would not use the potties in the parking lot. … {Continue Reading… }

Running Tips – Getting Ready For Race Day For Beginning Runners

Well, you’ve gone through all the steps before race day.  You picked out which race you want to run, you’ve done the training and you’ve eaten the right foods.  Now, the big day is here! It’s race day!  There are a few things that you can do to make race day go smoothly. First of all, you want to pick up your race packet the day before the race.  Some of the larger races have an expo the day before the race. Make sure you check this out.  You can pick up your packet and look through the cook stuff that they have for sale there.  You want to have your race bib and timing chip the day before. Choose what clothes you will be wearing.  Check the local weather forecast and see … {Continue Reading… }

Running Tips – Road Race Running – Part 2

Road race running is something that most runners want to accomplish at one time or another.  Last time we talked about reasons to run a road race and how to determine which road race to run.  In case you missed it, here’s the link to it: http://www.thestreakingrunner.com/running-tips-are-you-ready-for-a-road-race-what-distance/ We talked about the fitness level you need to be at for which distance for road race running, but let’s talk a little bit more about the training involved for each distance. 5K races (3.1 miles) are great for beginner runners who want to … {Continue Reading… }