Boston Marathon race day plans

Boston Marathon race day plans

Post by SGert974 » Mon, 08 Apr 1996 05:00:00


I would like to know what to wear before the race, will there be a way to
get warm-ups back at the race finish?   Also, what should I eat before the
race?  I guess  I will have to wake up at least 6-7 hours before the race.
 I can't imagine not having a meal (or snack) before the race.  
 
 
 

Boston Marathon race day plans

Post by Doug Free » Tue, 09 Apr 1996 04:00:00

|> I would like to know what to wear before the race, will there be a way to
|> get warm-ups back at the race finish?  

Wear what you will need to keep warm. There will be a specific baggage bus
for your stuff at the start. Pack for the worst conditions including
the hefty plastic bag or old shirt(to toss) to keep you warm while
you wait for the start. In fact, bring many hefty bags in case you want
to rest in the village on the damp ground.

|> Also, what should I eat before the
|> race?  I guess  I will have to wake up at least 6-7 hours before the race.
|>  I can't imagine not having a meal (or snack) before the race.  

You may gets lots of anecdotoal reports on what to eat. The answer is,
do what you did for your long runs. Race day is not the time to experiment.  
If is too late, and you didn't practice a long run assuming the above
conditions, think what might work best for you. I eat a breakfast for 12 at 6am
and throw down a power bar or two an hour or so before the start. I do
NOT suggest this  for anyone but me.  

--
Doug Freese  All opinions are mine.


 
 
 

Boston Marathon race day plans

Post by Neil Becke » Fri, 12 Apr 1996 04:00:00

Quote:
> I would like to know what to wear before the race, will there be a way to
> get warm-ups back at the race finish?   Also, what should I eat before the
> race?  I guess  I will have to wake up at least 6-7 hours before the race.
>  I can't imagine not having a meal (or snack) before the race.  

Though I'd post some related info.  I talked to my parents who live
outside Boston last night.  There was a story on the news about
Hopkinton.  Apparently they got about 15 inches of snow the past two
days and officials aren't sure what to do about it.  The main concern
appears to be that the grassy areas where the 35 - 40K runners will
be waiting for the start will be a massive area of mud.  They are
considering shoveling it (today I guess) so it will dry.  If I was
running, I would probably consider bringing a pair of boots (an old pair
to just leave at the starting area) to keep my feet dry prior to the
start.  Something to think about.

 
 
 

Boston Marathon race day plans

Post by Doug Free » Sat, 13 Apr 1996 04:00:00

|> Though I'd post some related info.  I talked to my parents who live
|> outside Boston last night.  There was a story on the news about
|> Hopkinton.  Apparently they got about 15 inches of snow the past two
|> days and officials aren't sure what to do about it.  The main concern
|> appears to be that the grassy areas where the 35 - 40K runners will
|> be waiting for the start will be a massive area of mud.  They are
|> considering shoveling it (today I guess) so it will dry.  If I was
|> running, I would probably consider bringing a pair of boots (an old pair
|> to just leave at the starting area) to keep my feet dry prior to the
|> start.  Something to think about.
The snow was so heavy they had to temporarily take down the tents. This
means the ground will at least be damp if not wet. Can you spell plastic?  
Even on the best of days the ground at the school, in the sun, holds
it's dampness.  Bring  a bunch of BIG pieces of plastic(Heafty Leaf bags or
larger). These can be laid on the ground and used to keep your butts dry.
Throw on some old sweat pants. jacket, etc and you can make the best of it.
The plastic can go in the trash can and you clothes in you bag and onto
the luggage bus.  

Save one of the plastic bags for the starting line in case of cold or rain.

             My 10th Boston.....

--
Doug Freese  All opinions are mine. IBM Tele: 8-293-8098

 
 
 

Boston Marathon race day plans

Post by Ollie Ho » Sat, 13 Apr 1996 04:00:00


Quote:


(SGert97411) writes:
> |> I would like to know what to wear before the race, will there be a way to
> |> get warm-ups back at the race finish?  

I have run Boston 5 times in the past an recommend you take some throwaway
clothes.  They will have busses to return bags in but they will want your
clothes at the bus by 11 am in normal times.  This year it will proably be
earlier.  Garbage bags are always a must.  If you have a pair of long knee
socks they work well as long sleves until the race starts.  This year it
sounds like it will be cool and wet at the start so plan accordingly.
Quote:

> |> Also, what should I eat before the
> |> race?  I guess  I will have to wake up at least 6-7 hours before the race.
> |>  I can't imagine not having a meal (or snack) before the race.  

I have always eaten befor Boston because it is such a long wait.  I
recommend if you usually eat a breckfast than eat one.  I also like power
bars so I usually have one about 1/2 to one hour befor the race.  I also
recommend that you take a milk jug or something full of water or a sports
drink.  Their will not be much water at the start.  You will want to
hydrate as much as possible befor the race.   Good luck and stay dry.

Ollie