This is it … the final week before Atlanta’s big race during the spring season. Mother Nature delivered some amazing weather this weekend for those final training runs. Purchasing new insoles and energy chews were on the top of my “to do” list.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind before you head out to the race on Sunday morning:
• Prepare for warm weather – A check at weather.com shows this weekend’s warm weather likely to stay with us through the race weekend. While temperatures could be near the low 50s at start time, if you’re running the full marathon it could heat up to the low 70s by late morning.
• Grease up – Avoid chafing (and discomfort) by applying a layer of lubricant to your skin in those areas were clothing will rub. I’m a fan of Aquaphor, though Vaseline or Body Glide work just as well. Band-Aid’s Friction Block Stick is great for feet.
• Stay fueled – Pasta is a favorite meal for runners the night before a big race. But staying fueled during the long run is what counts. Water stops will offer plenty of Gatorade, but don’t forget to bring energy chews or Gu to keep you going on the race course.
• MARTA or drive? – MARTA has cut back on its service this year, with Sunday trains starting at 6:00 a.m. (check schedules at individual stations). If you plan to take the rail, race organizers suggest runners only use stations that offer a short trip (no more than 4 to 5 station stops). Planning to drive? There are 5 parking decks open in walking distance to Centennial Park.
Enjoy the race! I’ll provide a recap of my experience at the Publix Georgia Half-Marathon next Sunday.