It’s time for one of our favorite events in this city…the Baltimore Marathon!
After what our city has gone through this year, we know this event is going to mean so much to the city, showing that we are #OneBaltimore. This year the Baltimore Running Festival (which actually includes a marathon, half marathon, team relay, 5K, fun run AND .05K) will be celebrating it’s 15th anniversary! It’s always a fun time to be in the city, surrounded by people running, celebrating and cheering each other on. Check the festival website to find out more about traffic and locations to cheer!
For those who are running, we got you covered! Tips and tunes to help you get ready for your big race day! PLUS, we’re getting a special treat for this post – BMOREtoned member, November Project leader, fellow Gundalow Ambassador and run enthusiast, Lauren (from Breathe Deeply And Smile) knows this race INSIDE and OUT! She is truly an inspiration to us and our community. Check out some of her amazing, helpful tips to get prepped for this race! Take it away Lauren!
MARATHON TIPS with Lauren
As a Baltimore resident and runner, the Baltimore Running Festival is an event not to miss. It holds a special place in my heart as well because it was where I ran my 2nd half marathon and a year later, my first full marathon. While I’m not participating this year, I thought I’d share five quick tips for all of you who are running – whether it be the 5K, relay, half marathon or full marathon.
1. Know your start time.
The Baltimore Running Festival has a lot of events going on. While they all start and finish around the stadiums downtown, the start times are staggered. According to the race website this year, the marathon starts at 8 AM, the half marathon starts at 9:45 AM, the relay race starts at 8 AM, and the 5K starts at 8:20 AM. I know when I ran the half marathon the later start time definitely threw me off.
Be sure to spread the word to friends and family who are coming to spectate so they don’t get stuck in any traffic!
2. Take advantage of water and fuel on-course.
Be sure to check out the race website and see at what miles there will be water, Gatorade or fuel stations. It’s good to know a few miles where you can grab some fuel, especially later in the race when you might have run out of anything you were carrying. Especially for the Baltimore marathoners, be sure to stay on top of hydration and take advantage of all the early water stops before the half marathoners join in!
3. Glance at the course map and pick out some landmarks.
If you’ve been training in the city, most of the course is going to be really familiar which is awesome. It’s still good to glance at the course map for your race and get a sense of where you’ll be running. I also really like to pick out a few landmarks to help motivate me when the miles get tough and to have some sights to look forward to. I know that for the marathon once I got to Lake Montebello, I knew that I only had about 6 miles left.
4. Don’t try anything new on race day.
I will always repeat this advice for any race. Don’t try anything new on race day! That means eating what you usually eat the night before and race morning, packing the same fuel for the race you have trained with, and wearing clothes and shoes you have run in before. I’ve been there and know how tempting it is to wear that race shirt or awesome new tank you picked up at the expo. I also know how not fun it is when that new tank causes chafing and irritation for 13 miles. Believe me, it’s not comfortable.
5. When you get to the stadium, the race isn’t over.
This tip is for the half marathoners and marathoners because it is a really sneaky little bit of the race. Once you see Camden Yards you think you are done and are ready to sprint it out. However, the finish is actually about a quarter mile away – so be aware of that. Mentally, a quarter of a mile can feel really long at the end of a marathon. You can finish strong once you hit Ravens Walk. Finish and celebrate – just not too early!
My final bonus tip? HAVE FUN. Be sure to smile, get high-fives from spectators, and enjoy running through Charm City.
And don’t forget to charge your phone/ipod to have some awesome tunes to keep you company on the run! Need some motivation? Get your four hour race playlist is right here, brought to by BMOREtoned’s own Jami:
Best of luck to everyone running or walking this weekend!
More about our guest blogger: Lauren is a research scientist and full-time student by day and part-time health and fitness nut the rest of the time. Lauren is addicted to running, November Project, loves cooking, watching TV & films, trying new restaurants and bars, and exploring all the fun things Baltimore has to offer. Lauren got hooked on running after her first 5K four years ago and has since completed 11 Half Marathons and two full marathons and is currently chasing a Boston qualifying time. Besides running, she loves dabbling in Crossfit, yoga, spin and group fitness classes. Lauren is the creator of Breathe Deeply and Smile where she writes about the finding happiness, running, health & fitness, food, and Baltimore happenings. Visit her on her blog, Breathe Deeply and Smile, as well as on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Pinterest.