Originally Posted by Michigan Planner
I got in about 5.5 miles this morning. It was 6º and my phone/music shutdown around the halfway mark.
I hate the crowds of people at the starts of bigger races. If I cannot start in one of the front corals (or if there aren't separate corals), and the run is at least 10k, I will usually just go pretty slow for the first half mile or so before I bother trying to get around the slower folks.
As for walking around to much the day before, I think that can be a huge contributor to a less-than-optimal performance. The day before my first Marine Corps Marathon I probably walked at least 5 miles in DC and the next morning I was just beat. It ended up being my worst marathon to date.
I wish we had a park with those workout stations around me because I would do the same thing. I've made do with pull-ups on some playground equipment but that's about all I've found. Once a week in the spring and summer I'll stop at every playground or park that I pass on my run and do 10-15 push-ups. They really add up after a while.
The more I think about it, the more I think all the walking the day before did play a big part in my fatigue and cramps on race day, because every other run before and since that race I haven't had those same issues at all.
I recently just discovered one park that had the workout stations along one of the routes I run, but I'm definitely glad I did. It's actually in a gated community, so I can't drive there, but if I run past it, it's right next to the sidewalk so I can sneak in through the pedestrian gate that stays open from dawn to dusk. It's a really fun way to break up the run and I plan on using it every time I run past it now. I used to be better at pullups, so I want to get back to where I used to be with those.