Here are some tips to think about during the final week before the Louisiana Marathon:
- Anything goes for weather in Louisiana in January. There have been record colds and record warms…so prepare for both. If it’s cold, we will have a long sleeve throw away shirt on top of our running clothes. We also have cheap throw-away gloves. (Don’t be afraid to discard clothes as you go. Most marathons sweep up the clothes and give them to goodwill. So really, you are just doing your part!)
- There will be a bag check near the start line. Bring anything you think you may need to the start. Whatever you don’t need that morning can be checked in your dry clothes bag. (We will bring a warm-up suit to change after the race.)
- There will be pace groups you can use to help you achieve your goals. Be cautious. Use your heart rate and perceived exertion as a guide. Don’t try to keep up if you can’t. The same goes for running with a friend or training partner.
- Be sure to write your emergency contact info on your bib. I don’t think it would be fun to get stuck at the 24-mile marker medical tent!
- Bring along an extra pair of cushioned shoes to walk and hang around in for the day before the race. You will be walking and spending time on your feet. Don’t use your race day shoes and remember that fashion is out the window. You are going to be with 1000’s of runners wearing functional footwear to preserve their legs.
- Make a post race plan to meet up with your supporters. Pick a location and head there post-race.