The Chicago marathon is done and I have no scheduled races. This always makes me a little blue. But I still need to bask in the glow of the event for at least a few more days before moving on. To that end, I thought I’d write some tips I’ve found useful when joggling a marathon.
1. Bring a change of clothes. When you finish your marathon, you are likely going to be drenched. Change clothes as soon as possible! You’ll feel better and prevent chafing. If you can’t do a complete clothes change, at least change your shirt and socks. Trust me, you’ll feel much better.
2. Be prepared for interviews. It’s not common to be interviewed after a race but it has happened to me after about 20% of my joggling races. It makes things much more enjoyable if you have thought about what to say. Speaking of that, if people talk to you after the race be sure to answer politely. We don’t want to give joggling a bad name.
3. Bring a bag. If you’ve got clothes then you will have brought one but be sure to bring a bag to carry your stuff after the race. You can even put some food in your bag in the event that you aren’t hungry right after finishing.
4. Practice tricks before trying them in a race. Race day is not the time to try out a new trick. Don’t try any tricks unless you’ve practiced the sufficiently enough that you have >90% chance of success.
5. Stay to the side. If you drop, it can really be dangerous for runners behind you. Stay off to one side so in the event that you do drop, you don’t hurt anyone.
Well, those are my tips. Anyone else have more to add? Leave a comment below.