What might go wrong in my first marathon... and how will I survive?
Last night, during a 2 hour run in the pouring rain, I suffered from 'runners nipple' for the first time. Not a major surprise, maybe, but I'm glad I discovered the problem now, rather than on the day of my first marathon in 5 weeks. It would never have occurred to me to plan ahead for that!
This got me thinking. What else MIGHT happen during the race? And what plans should I make 'just in case'? So, I must remember to vaseline up before I set off.
I've seen one or two checklists I found via google... but don't feel I've seen a really good one specific to this issue. Help please... and it could be useful for others. Cheers
Blisters - do you get those during your LSRs? SJA could help.
Strapping - SJA could help.
Equipment failures? I guess your laces could snap, your shoes fall apart, ...
Weather? WTF! Who knows - it's more than a month away. It'll probably be cold and miserable.
Logistics - you might be in car crash on your way to the start. Someone ahead of you might be in a car crash on your way to the start.
You're over-thinking this. Just turn up, run, and take the medal at the end.
Intermanaut. Can I suggest that it is you who is UNDER thinking things here.
I suggest you analyse yourself, and see if that's one of your common traits
@Run Wales - I've run many events and have not pondered any of the things you're worrying about. I use zinu oxide tape to prevent nipple chaff and that's it. The two recent marathon I've run were Loch Ness (you start in the wilderness and finish in Inverness - no support apart from other runners for several miles at multiple stages along the route) and Eden Project, which is pretty much wilderness the whole way around.
I think Intermanaut is just trying to be supportive. You could analyse everything about the race day and preparation but the main thing is that you will learn how to handle the issues as they arise and it'll make you a stronger runner.
One race a few years ago - everything that could go wrong - did go wrong (car crash on way to the start, lost bags, lost keys, lost water bottle). I couldnt have planned for all of that - so i just turned up, ran the race, forgot about everything else for a few hours and then with a post race glow - turned to face the challenge of getting home.
You can be more resourceful than you think when you need to be
@internet - OK fair enough... but why do you use ZnO tape? Presumably someone recommended it. Or you had a previous bad experience.
It's just that if I hadn't done a long run in the rain yesterday, I'd never have bothered thinking about nipple soreness... and could have come severely unstuck. So I'm simply asking if there are other things like this that I should bring to the front of my brain.
Not 'over-analysing' - just being practical. If there's nothing else to worry about, then great.
I use ZnO tape because it stops my top rubbing causing not just soreness, but sheer post-run bloody (literally) agony.
You should turn up just as you do for your LSRs, get into the groove, and run until you see a sign that says "Finish".
Don't try anything new on race day, including hydration options.
I use zinc oxide tape (from Boots) during winter or especially cold weather and then leave the tape on until I shower and it comes off very easily under the water. It stops the chaff and also helps if your nipps are a bit sensitive.
Immodium instants- second vote! carry them, plus a few blister plasters with you.
It will be fine- there is loads of help at hand, and you can bet that a well run race will have most potential things covered.
I have had to stop en route for blister repairs in 1 race- first aid were brilliant - even running off to find drinks for me while they woked on my feet!
If it's a big race- planning where you are going to meet up with people afterwards is important.
Get yourselt a small 'bum bag' style thingy (Nathan do some good ones) put in it:
A blister plaster, Imodium instant and a couple of nurofen instant.
Tape your nipples or wear a bra like me
Vaseline your feet well especially where you are likely to get pressure points.
Vaseline or body glide anywhere you think might chafe, inner thighs, men's bits and bobs..bra line if you wear one.
Other than that stop over thinking as you will always find something else to concern yourself with...ie what happens if the elastic in your shorts breaks?
I started this thread, to pick up practical tips aimed at providing insurance against mishaps (the zinc oxide tape is working well, thanks ). But I realised I overlooked something - not a great subject, but important.
A couple of people strongly recommended carrying Immodium Instants. I sort of ignored this advice on the grounds that I haven't had an upset stomach for the last 20 or 30 years.... but I should ask... Is that the reason for the recommendation? Or do people use them to suppress a more general need to go for a No 2? Is this something that nearly all runners do, or is it just for a few?
Hi Run wales - personally for me; i dont use immodium instants. I have breakfast but make sure that I go for a number 2 twice before leaving home and then i'm fine. I need to be "empty" and that's it.
I've known some runners who have needed it but just see how you get on at 'test races' (e.g. half marathons) and then maybe work on your diet (e.g. avoid lots of fibre before the race).
i'd recommend bodyglide. i use it for the nipple area and the top of my thighs where they rub together (seems to cause really bad rash in cold weather, don't seem to get it in warm weather).
Here's another practical one... where do people put their race number? If it starts chucking it down, I'll want to slip on my rain-jacket. But that would hide my race number if it's on my shirt. So does this mean that I should start the race with the jacket on, if the forecast says it could be rainy/windy. And if so, and I get hot, am I going to have to stop to take the take the number off the jacket and attach it to my my top?
What do people do to address this sort of situation?
If I do start in my rain jacket - I'll want to attach my number to it - do I really have to stick safety pins through my new jacket?!
I use a triathlon number belt when the weather looks changeable. as it`s an elastic belt you can take off layers / put them on whilst still running. You can also store some gels in the belt as well.
Thanks Millsy... I'll have a look for them.
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