Right before my first marathon, I was given some excellent advice – rub Vaseline all of your feet before putting shoes and socks on. This sounded a little funny, but made sense. The Vaseline creates a nice protective layer over your feet that helps prevent them from getting blisters.
It feels really funny both as you put it on and then after you are done running. I did it for both of my marathons and am quite proud to report that I didn’t get any blisters on my feet!
Three important thoughts:
1) Make sure you cover your entire foot, including in between your toes.
The award-winning and critically acclaimed documentary MY RUN is coming to movie theaters nationwide for an exclusive one night premiere event on Thursday, March 31st at 7:00pm (Local Time). Narrated by Academy Award winner Billy Bob Thornton, MY RUN is the inspirational story of real life superhero Terry Hitchcock, the 57 year old man who ran 75 consecutive marathons in 75 consecutive days. This powerful and uplifting documentary exemplifies a commitment to something greater than yourself and achieving something deemed impossible. Following the feature, audiences will take a deeper look into the story through Q&A and interviews with the star Terry Hitchcock and his son, support team member Chris Hitchcock. A portion of proceeds from the MY RUN Premiere event will benefit the Livestrong Foundation.
Tickets went on sale to the general public on Friday, February 18th.
There were obviously, lots of tactical moments in that 6 minutes that are important for trying to win a race. I’ll only comment on one. Wanjiru used a small hill (the slight incline as you cross the bridge with less than 1/2 mile to go) to put the hurt on. Using natural parts of the course to spur yourself on is a great strategy for any race, especially if you are trying to pass someone.
Being strong over a small hill, using a turn to pick up the pace. These little details can help break your opponent. Even if it is a mental victory in the middle of the pack. Use the course for your advantage.
I had a lot of fun cheering for all of the runners at this year’s Twin Cities Marathon. I wasn’t sure which of my friends were actually running, so I was caught by surprise as a few of them ran past. My wife said I looked scary, but I was dressed to be riding my bike on what started in the sub-40′s temp wise and warmed up quite nicely.
I met up with my friend Brad, who also happens to be the regional coordinator for Team World Vision. We did a lot of cheering for the Team World Vision folks. Brad brought a bullhorn which you heard right before mile 15 and 26. He was pretty funny on the bullhorn and most of the runners really enjoyed his cheering and antics. Several people requested he cheer for certain runners! At mile 26 a woman actually stopped running and did a somersault for us!
We cheered for pretty much everyone who went by and I cheered specifically for the friends that I saw, but the Team World Vision – orange jersey stands out and so I was able to get some good pictures of them. Below I created short video: