Three Things To Do If You Want Lots of People to Cheer for You:
1. Wear distinctive clothing – a man with a white shirt and orange polka-dots got mad cheers, as did the guy dressed in Wisconsin Badger gear – “Go Badgers!” “C’mon Wisconsin”
2. Wear a gigantic badge/bib with your name spelled in bright colors. Extra points for you if you write it on your arms in a Sharpie.
3. Use a nickname. Someone named Pickles was one of the most popular runners around.
Traveling for a marathon adds stress. Stay away from all the free edible marathon expo crap. I ate nuts and sliced veggies on the plane as well as some deli meats. Deli meat is a perfect way to get protein on the go without feeling like you’re stuffing yourself.
Day before marathon I ate:
2 eggs with zucchini and tea. A few rice crackers
A cup of tea, a couple of cups of coffee
Lunch: Gigantic green salad with grilled chicken, more water and tea
Dinner: Grilled veggies, chicken breast stuffed with proscuitto and herbs and onions. I ate until I was 75% full. Not stuffed. More water and more tea.
Marathon morning: Brown rice and sliced turkey breast and coffee.
One hour before the race: LaraBar, some fruit leather and some more coffee
Note: No huge plate of starches or pasta with acidic tomato sauce.
I wanted to collapse after crossing the finish line. I was forced to move through all the post-race checkpoints and that kept me on my feet and walking for 20 minutes. I recovered quicker and felt better. Keep those legs moving – however slowly. A pathetic, hobbling walk is perfectly acceptable.
Get a massage.
Wear your medal to work the next day