You have prepared a lot for this. . .well, you tried.
Ready or not, I am sure that you will bravely stand in the starting line. I know full well and I understand your intent.
We all know that in this long distance race, the minimum pace is a very slow average of 11 minutes per kilometer.
You can do better than that…
Except – that it’s your first time and you have not gone running and walking more than 102 kms.
There – the unknown 58 kms, which is actually 59K. 🙂
Regardless of who I am, and what you have there, allow me to share some important keys to conquering this much distance.
- Do not be so overconfident. Just be confident that you will finish this race no matter what. Along with that line comes enduring everything painful and hard – the heat, the hunger, the sleepiness and all kinds of pain from your feet up to your shoulder.
- Maintain your average pace at nothing slower than what is required. That means keeping it at a worst 10 minutes per kilometer running or jogging or walking is good enough to take you alive and smiling at the finish line.
- The buckle is your goal, on top of the finish line. Finishing alone is not enough to earn you a buckle. You MUST finish within the cut-off. A minute or seconds before the required time is good enough. A minute or seconds after could also be bad.
- Don’t waste time on too many stops when you are reduced to walking. Rest is an important part of the run to be able to keep running. When reduced to a walk – you have no choice but to push for an average of 11 minutes per kilometer too. Eat and drink while walking – don’t waste time on full stop – especially sitting down <<< it’s the invitation to your doom!)
- Early prevention is crucial. Change socks or shoes as fast as you can the moment you feel hotspots. And slow down a bit for a while until your feet adjusts.
- You know this already – and it’s been said for a million times already. DONT TRY ANYTHING NEW ON RACE DAY!
- If you have a veteran in your crew – that’s your bonus. They’re supposed to know when to slow you down and when to push you. Your crew is supposed to be knowledgeable of any changes in you the minute a change occurs. Else, if you got newbie crews – try asking the others on the road when you are in any doubt over something.
- Keep moving! It’s a bit different to wasting time. It also pays to know the right direction. Getting lost over a road race is really quite stupid. 🙂
- Your pacer should know how to position. It’s a push and pull job, guys.
May the Lord be with you. You won’t lose if you have faith in Him who can give you the grace to finish what you started.