While running the Penang Bridge International Marathon I discovered a few things that were pretty cool to me. Here are some things that I learnt about running in a race that might help those of you who are interested to take it up.
- Before the race, collecting of your race bib (that cloth or paper thing with your registration ID) and also a tracking chip is essential. Also, make sure you secure the tracking chip to your shoes or the organisers won’t be able to measure your performance for you.
- If you’re new at running, then perhaps it’s a good idea to run in a race local to you rather than going out station. I was extra nervous the night before my run and couldn’t sleep much. Sleep is important before a race.
- Run at your own pace. Don’t worry about other people overtaking you. The only person you have to please is yourself.
- Don’t bring electronics with you. My boss’ BlackBerry died cos’ it rained heavily half-way across the Penang Bridge.
- Power bars & power gel at the same time don’t mix. My colleague Deane threw up twice cos’ she OD-ed on “power” stuff.
And that as they say is that.