>Anyone out there with SF Marathon experience? I'll be running it this Sunday,
>and it will be my first. Now that anything I've done in training for the last
>five months is academic, though I hope I'm well prepared, are there any race
>day pointers that might help get me through?
I ran a couple there.
Check if there are small hills near the end.
After one hits the wall, a ten foot hill can feel like a mountain.
Also when I hit the wall, I start losing thermal regulation.
So a pleasant fog causes first stage hypothermia or a slightly warm sun
induces first stage heatstroke in me.
Know what these are, so you can be prepared to seek help if these become
Also urban marathons tend to run almost entirely on cement, which can be a
problem for people who train on softer surfaces. If this is the case,
your ankles and knees may be unusally sore for a few days. It is inadvisable
to try something extra stressful like long runs or wieghtlifting in this