If you’re a regular reader of The RunDown, you’ve learned a lot about our fantastic 2011 KeyBank Vermont City Marathon pace team already, thanks to the introductory post each pacer submitted. Now we’re excited to bring you more detailed posts from each leader.
We have a great team of leaders; we hope you enjoy getting to know them. In May we will post detailed information about where and when to meet your pace leader on Race Day (as well as an opportunity to run with them on Saturday, May 28.)
Vic Tirrito and Bob Ayers will pace those of you hoping to complete KBVCM in 5 hours.
Why am I a pacer this year? When I was first approached I thought what a wonderful way to give a little back to my favorite backyard marathon. It has its perks too like free schwag from Mizuno and the SkiRack, some of the VCM proud sponsors. What marathoners pacing with me can expect? Lots of stories going back to the first VCM back in 1989. That should get us to mile 23. Hopefully those marathoners pacing with me will have all their long runs in at least 2 weeks before the event. After that it is taper, taper, taper. Short easy runs the week before and if it feels like you can run forever, don’t. Save it for marathon Sunday. What is my biggest tip for success? The biggest tip I can offer is the pre-race meal, breakfast. For me a toasted English muffin with peanut butter and banana is good energy 45 minutes before the start. Clif Shots, GU, Hammer Gel Powerbars, salt tablets and TUMS with Calcium are treats taken during the run I stand behind and are easy to carry.The last several miles will be on your stomach. So if your tummy is happy your legs and mind will follow.
Counting the days until the big day, Vermont City Marathon Day!
Hopefully the miles of training are adding up and one more long run to conquer.
I myself have been busy training and getting prepared to lead the 5:00 hour Pace Group.
Here is a list of helpful hints to get you to the start/finish of the marathon:
Listen to your body
Stay on top of any injuries
During your training runs test (drinks and gels that will be used on marathon day)
Put some mileage on marathon sneakers before race day
Do one training run with your race day outfit to make sure every thing feels right
Get plenty of rest the week leading up to the marathon
Give your legs as much rest as possible the day before the marathon
Have your race day gear ready the night before (pin # on shirt and timing chip ready)
Eat your planned race day breakfast
Give yourself plenty of time to get to the start to find the 5:00 group
Hope this information helps,any question feel free to email me.
Lets all have fun and reach our goals come marathon day!!!!!