Long Run Hydration Best Practices

2015 is well underway, and we, at Runners On The Go, are guessing that some of you had a new years resolution to run your first Marathon. However, longer runs means more variables; More things to consider. What to wear, what eat,  what and when to drink.

Long Run Hydration is one of the most common topics of interest that running customers have. Many people wonder how much they should hydrate, when they should hydrate, and what they should hydrate with on the long run.

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Dublin Marathon Race Review

Dublin is one of the places Jenn has always wanted to visit. To make the experience even more

memorable, she registered for the October, 2014 Dublin Marathon. She

planned ahead to take her mother and spend some time after the race to really get to know Ireland.

The Dublin Marathon’s reputation for excellent support from a very friendly staff and outstanding

spectator participation along the course were also factors that prompted Jenn to decide to run the race.

She was not disappointed. The streets were lined with supporters cheering from start to finish. There

were lots of aid stations along the course. And, there were lots of porta-potties that surprisingly had

flush toilets!

Race Travel Planning to Ireland

Helpful to anyone planning a European marathon is Jenn’s schedule prior to the race. Flights from the

US east coast usually leave in the evening and land the next morning. Jenn arrived in Ireland on Friday

morning for her race on Monday—it was a bank holiday—one difference from races in the US.

Pre Race Preparation in Dublin

Before the marathon, Jenn didn’t do any running to save her legs. To keep from getting stale, she did do a

reasonable amount of walking. She picked up her race packet and enjoyed the Expo on Sunday and took

it easy most of the day.

Dublin Marathon Race Course

Monday was a perfect day for a marathon—high in the 50’s and low 60’s (10 to 20 Celsius). The skies

were overcast but no rain. The course is relatively flat and point to point. It starts in the middle of the

city at Fitzwilliam Square and finishes several blocks away at Merrion Square. There are no shortage of

green areas in Dublin and the marathon makes the most of them.

The course takes runners for about a mile along the River Liffey, crossing over to Phoenix Park, a

beautiful park almost 3 square miles in size and one of largest walled parks in Europe. From miles 3.5 to

6, runners traverse the north side of the park and from 8 to 9.5 run along the south side. From Phoenix,

the course takes runners through residential areas, then through Bushy Park to the perimeter of

University College and back downtown to Merrion Square. Jenn really enjoyed the course and seeing all

the sights.

Finish Line

At the finish line, there was plenty of food and continuation of the friendly atmosphere that

characterizes the Dublin Marathon. The local pubs are crowded with runners after the race, and the

celebration continues all afternoon and into the evening.

Points of Interest in Ireland

After finishing the marathon, Jenn started the second part of her trip—to see more of the country and

some of the points of interest she had heard about. As a true traveler, she didn’t hesitate to rent a car

and take her chances driving on the left side of the road. She drove with her mom all over the west and

south, making a stop in Galway, Dingle, and Waterford to see the Waterford Crystal factory. They particularly enjoyed the

Dingle Peninsula, and traveling along the water. Like any good runner, Jenn is interested

in food and found the pub food was better than she expected. That made the trip a real success.

What’s in the future for Jenn? It will be a busy year. Her favorite “hometown” race is the La Jolla Half

Marathon, which is held in April, and she plans to run that race again. Her travel/racing plans include

Rock-n-Roll Half Marathons in Washington, DC in March, Chicago in July and Vancouver in October.

We hope to catch up with Jenn during the year for more race reports from the road.

A picture of Jenn, the author of this articleJenn is an avid distance runner and traveler from the San Diego area. She enjoys racing and running on

her own when she visits different destinations. Overseas, she has run the Rome Marathon the Dublin

Marathon, and locally she tries to run the La Jolla Half-Marathon every year. Recently I had a chance to

catch up with her and talk about Dublin and some of the races she plans for the upcoming year.

Running Two Races in One Day – Crazy, or Ingenious? | Fast Friday

Have you ever finished a race and realize you could have given more? Or finished and realized you were having so much fun, you wish you could just keep going? Whether from finishing a race with more in the tank, or finishing in the middle of a good runner’s high, I think every runner has had the thought, “let’s do it again.”

Ok . . . Maybe not every runner. Maybe not even most runners; but if that has ever been you then this article about double road racing may be worth a few minutes.

The concept of two competitions in a 24-hour period with a break in between creates a different way to race.

When Tina Kefalas, just four months removed from the 2012 Olympic marathon, where she competed for Greece, went looking for a Bay Area race to serve as a pre-Christmas time trial workout, she had no idea she would be a world-record holder before noon.

She found something called the Double Road Race in Pleasanton, California, drove across the San Francisco Bay from Hillsborough and entered.

Turns out, Kefalas had stumbled across the world premiere of Bob Anderson’s latest brainstorm—a 10K, followed by a 5K, with a Recovery Zone period in between. “Running with a halftime,” Anderson calls it.

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Top 10 Running Resolutions of 2015

John Coyle, Runners On The Go

New years resolutions involving fitness are some of the most common new years resolutions. What about people who are already fit though? What types of resolutions do runners make? Runner’s World Polled Their Facebook fans and got about 700 responses.

Here is what they found, are any of your resolutions on this list? How are you doing so far?:

1. Run for 30 minutes straight

2. Run my first marathon

3. Increase my weekly mileage

4. Learn to love (and enjoy!) running

5. Finish a half marathon

6. Stay injury-free

7. Eat a healthier diet

8. Return to running

9. Keep training consistent

10. Qualify for the Boston Marathon

Read the full article here: http://www.runnersworld.com/running-tips/readers-top-10-running-resolutions-for-2015