I learned a lot just in these three days - I'll call them snippets of information that will be useful in my future, and maybe yours.
- There's no real need to shower before a race. You're gonna have to shower again anyway.
- Pinning the bib BEFORE you put on the shirt will ensure the placement isn't 'all jacked up'. Genius. Can't believe I've never done this before. Just watch those pins.
- Seek out the best bathrooms. When presented with the option of a portable potty in the middle of a parking lot or an indoor, heated bathroom, choose wisely.
- 40 degrees isn't yet cold enough to produce a substantial snot rocket. (Jealous of your runner friends who 'nail' the rocket every time? Learn here.)
- In a race, you will usually encounter runners who do any one of the following (avoid these people at all costs):
- breathe heavily as if they're being intimate or violently passing away
- stop short at a water station causing a runner pile up
- run with music so loud that it pulls you away from your rhythmic breathing practice
- play the run fast past then run slow in front of you game
- pass gas
- chant mantras (such as 'I love Muffin')
- yell incessantly at other runners (oh wait...that's me)