First marathon - unsure about many things Ang 10/29/09 8:39:57 PM ET
I have been a runner for about 6 years and just started racing this year. I've done two half marathons with good results. However, I am attempting my first marathon in Philly on Nov. 22 and I have a lot of questions for the more experienced marathoners out there! 1. I have had trouble eating/refueling on a long run (I've done several 14-18 and two 20's). I never eat before a long run since I do them in the morning. When I run after work (shorter runs of 6- 9 miles) I eat an apple and some turkey first. Should I eat something before the marathon? I can't eat anything during a run (besides chewing gum) - the only thing I've tried have been gatorade (made me really thirsty) and the sports jelly beans (which also make me thirsty but help a little). The marathon is only three weeks away - should I try something else? Should I try to eat something before this next long run? 2. I have a very tight/sore hamstring that has bothered me for almost two years and never really healed. I have done cold baths after my two 20's and they helped - plus I got the stick and have used that. However, lately, I have felt very tight and sore in my calves and hamstring. Should I get a deep tissue massage before the marathon? 3. What should I eat the night before? I have done half-marathons and long runs after pizza (HORRIBLE on my stomach), beans/salad/fruit/ice cream/pretzels - okay, sandwich.. I was thinking a bagel and a salad? I don't really like pasta. Ideas? 4. What is the opinion of salt before the race? 5. Do you think I could secure my jelly beans in a small ziplock safetypinned inside my race number? not sure where else to put it - I never wear a belt and might strip off gloves or other outer things. 6. Is shorts the best to wear? 7. shoes - all summer i logged 55-65 miles a week in the same type of Asics and felt great! But this fall I started having more soreness and rubbing and just general pain from the shoes. I went to a "running store" and they showed me a different shoe. I tried it, but it made me feel worse. Now I'm nervous - should I try another new type or just get a new one of my usual and hope it's okay and doesn't rub or anything? On that note - any good running stores in NYC where I can talk to someone who can REALLY help me? I tried two stores and they were not helpful at all (Paragon and UrbanAthletics). Sorry for all the questions! I am SO nervous and excited. I am a running addict and once I started the racing... it's great! According to my half- marathon times I should be able to run a 3 1/2 hour or less marathon - but now I feel like all these issues are popping up. I'm a long marathoner here in my circle of friends.. so any advice from you more experienced ones would be highly appreciated and valued! Thanks for reading this novel!