Friday Five: Running Resources

And I’m back with this week’s Friday Five. This week I’m sharing Five-ish Running Resources.

First up, four (4) places to find training plans:

  1. The Furman Institute of Running and Scientific Training
  2. The “Non” Runner’s Guide to Marathon Training
  3. Hal Higdon Training Plans
  4. Couch-to-5K Running Plan

A follow-up, four (4) articles about running/training:

  1. Yasso 800s
  2. Two Types of Marathon Long Runs
  3. McMillan Pace Calculator
  4. Treadmill Pace Conversions

Next, eight (8) books about running that I’ve read:

  1. Run Less, Run Faster – Bill Pierce, Scott Murr, And Ray Moss
  2. YOU (Only Faster) — Greg McMillan
  3. Marathoning for Mortals – John Bingham and Jenny Hadfield
  4. My Life on the Run – Bart Yasso and Kathleen Parrish
  5. Born to Run – Christopher McDougall
  6. Hal Koerner’s Field Guide to Ultrarunning — Hal Koerner
  7. Daniels’ Running Formula — Jack Daniels
  8. Advanced Marathoning — Pete Pfitzinger

Short and sweet, but that’s it for this weekend. Feel free to leave a question in the comment if you are looking for additional resources.

Training for an Ultra

Prior to training for my first ultramarathon, I scoured the internet and bought Hal Koerner’s Field Guide to Ultrarunning and reread Unbreakable Runner. I developed a hybrid training plan primarily based on the CrossFit Endurance model (WARNING: this has less weekly mileage than your standard ultra training plan). The original plan was for a 20 week training program.

Things I Did Not Do:

  • Average twice the race distance in total mileage per week (60-65 miles/week) in the 12 weeks prior to race day.
  • Train at least 3-4 hours a week on trails; weekly long runs should be on trail not road.
  • Trail runs at race pace at least 30-90 minutes every two weeks.
  • Include hill training.

Training Recap:

  • Week 1, August 3-9: 22.3 Miles
  • Week 2, August 10-16: 24.2 Miles
    Week 3, August 17-23: 29.1 Miles
  • Week 4, August 24-30: 27.8 Miles
  • Week 5, August 31 – September 6: 19.4 Miles
    • This was the Disneyland Dumbo Double Dare week.
  • Week 6, September 7-13: 4.2 Miles
    • I completed the New Albany Walking Classic and needed more recovery than anticipated.
  • Week 7, September 14-20: 36.3 Miles.
    • 10 Mile Long Run.
  • Week 8, September 21-27: 28.5 Miles
  • Week 9, September 28 – October 4: 25.8 Miles.
    • Completed a GORUCK Challenge in Cleveland and missed a 12 Mile Long Run.
  • Week 10, October 5 -11: 35.7 Miles
    • 12 Mile Long Run + 10K PR Race.
  • Week 11, October 12 – 18: 37.4 Miles
  • Week 12, October 19 – 25: 19.7 Miles
    • Recovery Week.
  • Week 13, October 26 – November 1: 20.9 Miles.
  • Week 14, November 2 -8: 38.8 Miles
    • 15 Mile Long Run.
  • Week 15, November 9 – 15: 35.6 Miles.
    • 20 Mile Long Run + Short Recovery Run.
  • Week 16, November 16 – 22: 24.2 Miles.
    • Cut Back Week (+Sick).
  • Week 17, November 23 – 29: 25.2 Miles.
    • Sick. Missed Long Run.
  • Week 18, November 30 – December 6: 48.6 Miles.
    • 20 Mile Long Run.
  • Week 19, December 7 – 13: 34.5 Miles.
    • 12 Mile Long Run in 68 Degrees!
  • Week 20, December 14 – 21: 16.6 Miles + 50K Race.

Training Analysis:

Even with the lower mileage of this training period, it was the first training period in a while where I could feel my confidence returning. I did train primarily on roads instead of trails (strike one) and while I did try to include hills during my runs, I did not do specific hill training workouts (strike two), and lastly I just didn’t get in the normal mileage for an ultramarathon. I did struggle kick starting this training period.

I did, however, work on regulating my breathing on my training runs. I also worked in a few fartlek runs as well as plenty of negative split runs. I made great strides in learning to maintain a steady consistent pace for my long runs and control going out too fast.

Overall I say that this training period was successful. It might not have produced the race result I wanted, but it did help fix a lot of struggles I have had training in the past.

Question: What Is The Best Training Advice You’ve Received?
Comment below!

As always thanks for reading; I’ll have more on my ultra experience shortly.

Jes

Training Plans for Your Spring Race

Finding a training plan can be difficult. The internet is always a great place to begin but there are so many options.

The first step should be deciding how long do you want your training plan to be, but also knowing how long should your training plan be.

The second step will be determining the level of difficulty. Typically plans are broken up into Novice, Intermediate and Advanced. Some sites and programs will assist you in making this determination. This step also takes into account what works and doesn’t work for you, such as the number of days a week to train and types of workouts.

Another step would be considering how much you are willing to pay. There are free plans out there and there are plans you have to pay for. Depending on what type of runner you are and what your goals are for your upcoming race will determine the cost-benefit analysis of each plan.

Next I took the opportunity to share with you some resources I have found as well as some that I have used. This is not the end-all-be-all list of training resources, but just my own personal list that I wanted to share.

Full Marathon Training Plans

The recommended training period for a full marathon is 20 weeks, excepted for experienced runners who have sufficient base mileage and can use a 16 week plan.

Hal Higdon’s Training Plans for a full marathon run from 18-30 weeks and are free on his website.

Your Marathon Training Plan also offers free plans as well as coaching services.

Coach Jenny also offers free 20 week training plans.

Some races also offer specific training programs often for a discounted rate, in addition to their free training programs. For example, TCS New York Marathon offers both. Other free training programs include: Chicago Marathon, LA Marathon, Boston Marathon.

Half Marathon Training Plans

The recommended training period for a half marathon is 12-14 weeks.

Hal Higdon offers multiple 12 week training programs

5K Training Plans

Hal Higdon offers 8 week training programs.

There is always the iconic Couch-to-5K Running Plan, which now even has an app for that!

Full Marathon Relay Training Plans

This type of training is dependent on how long your relay leg.

Books containing Training Plans

Run Less, Run Faster – Bill Pierce, Scott Murr, And Ray Moss

YOU (Only Faster) — Greg McMillan

Hal Koerner’s Field Guide to Ultrarunning — Hal Koerner

Daniels’ Running Formula — Jack Daniels

Advanced Marathoning — Pete Pfitzinger

Hansons Marathon MethodLuke Humphrey and Keith Hanson

Customized and Online Training Programs

Most of these programs are customized to your specific history and goals, and some of the programs can also be updated based on how your training progresses. The following links include a variety of training plans as well as coaching services.

runcoach

Training Peaks

McMillan Running

Hansons Coaching Services

Other Resources

Runner’s World has training plans that can be downloaded to their RW2GO app, as a pdf, or to Training Peaks for varying fees.

The Furman Institute of Running and Scientific Training

The “Non” Runner’s Guide to Marathon Training

Question: What resources do you recommend?
Comment below!

Thanks for reading!

Jes

 

 

 

DISCLAIMER: All views expressed on this website are based on my own personal research and experiences. As always, please consult your doctor with any medical issues, or before beginning a training program.

Glass City Half Marathon: Training Roll-up

Last year at Glass City, I ran a second-best marathon. After that race, I rolled-up my training to share with you, and I thought I would do the same again this year.

Overall: I ran four 14 mile long runs. And endless miles on the Treadmill which was a huge step.
Total Mileage: 501.90 Miles
Total Time: 80 Hours 0 Minutes
Number of Runs: 84 Runs

GCM: Week One
Long Run: 6 Miles (on a Treadmill)
Mileage: 22.0 Miles
Time: 3 Hours 31 Minutes
Notes: I was still recovering from the Dopey Challenge, but I successfully began integrating treadmills into my workouts.

GCM: Week Two
Long Run: 8 Miles Outside
Mileage: 23.4 Miles
Time: 3 Hours 41 Minutes
Notes: I missed a 6 mile run because we were snowed-in. I also cut a workout short because I just wasn’t feeling it.

GCM: Week Three
Long Run: 10 Miles Outside
Mileage: 39.4 Miles
Time: 6 Hours 22 Minutes
Notes: This was a huge jump in mileage (don’t do the math–it will scare you), but I was back on track with my training plan. This really was Week 1 of a Training Plan, if you think about it.

GCM: Week Four
Long Run: 11 Miles (on a Treadmill)
Mileage: 41.0 Miles
Time: 6 Hours 34 Minutes
Notes: A slight weather issue with my scheduled 12 mile run, but I bounced back and finished the week with a smile. One Speed Workout.

GCM: Week Five
Long Run: 14 Miles (on a Treadmill)
Mileage: 42.1 Miles
Time: 6 Hours 48 Minutes
Notes: I conquered 14.0 Miles on a Treadmill! One Speed Workout.

GCM: Week Six
Long Run: 12 Miles
Mileage: 42.0 Miles
Time: 6 Hours 48 Minutes
Notes: Two Speed Workouts and One Yoga Session!

GCM: Week Seven
Long Run: 9 Miles
Mileage: 35.75 Miles
Time: 5 Hours 46 Minutes
Notes: Cut Back Week. Two Speed Workouts and Two CrossFit Workouts.

GCM: Week Eight
Long Run: 12 Miles (Outside)
Mileage: 41.4 Miles
Time: 6 Hours 40 Minutes
Notes: Ireland! No Speed Workout but I raced a 5K in Dublin.

GCM: Week Nine
Long Run: 14.0 Miles (Outside)
Mileage: 43.2 Miles
Time: 6 Hours 52 Minutes
Notes: I completed my birthday run and a GRC in Ireland! No Speed Workout this week.

GCM: Week Ten
Long Run: 8 Miles (Outside) @ Race Pace
Mileage: 34.4 Miles
Time: 5 Hours 4 Minutes
Notes: Last Cut-back Week! One Speed Workout and One Tempo Workout plus One CrossFit Workout.

GCM: Week Eleven
Long Run: 14 Miles
Mileage: 44.0 Miles
Time: 7 Hours 9 Minutes
Notes: I reintroduced myself to trail running this week with two Trail Runs. One CrossFit Workout and One Speed Workout.

GCM: Week Twelve
Long Run: 14.0 Miles (On a Treadmill)
Mileage: 45.0 Miles
Time: 7 Hours 2 Minutes
Notes: Skipped Speed Workout due to being sick. Took an APFT. No true speed workout.

GCM: Week Thirteen
Long Run: 7.0 Miles (x4 Outside)
Mileage: 36.0 Miles
Time: 5 Hours 55 Minutes
Notes: Skipped Speed Workout. One CrossFit Workout. Taper Week.

GCM: Week Fourteen
Long Run: What Long Run? 13.1 Miles–Glass City Half Marathon
Total Mileage: 12.1 Miles
Total Time: 1 Hour 51 Minutes
Notes: No Speed Workouts, No CrossFit Workouts.

Result: PR 1:54:44

You can the original weekly workout recaps here and my GCM Race Recap here.

Thanks!

Jes

GCM: Week Fourteen

It’s Race Week! And week two of tapering! I’m avoiding trails and treadmills this week so my legs stay fresh and not fatigued.

Monday: Rest Day! Of course I was watching the Boston Marathon live coverage and that only made me want to get out there and go run.

Tuesday: 3.0 Mile Run Outside at an easy comfortable pace. I didn’t push myself and I just let my legs do their thing. Much better than last week!

Wednesday: 4 Mile Run Outside + Lifting. Yesterday I read an article where the coach suggests not tapering because it takes your body out of your 12+ week routine and you’ll end up stale on race day, instead of fresh which is the point of taper. It made me so confused but it’s 3 days from the race and now is not the time to make changes to the plan.

Thursday: 3 Mile Run Outside. This was a rough one. I had a 14 hour work day. I couldn’t run at 4am because it was “Feels like…” below freezing and >15mph winds. I didn’t think it would be a smart decision less than 3 days from race day to overexert my body so I prayed that a late night run would result in better conditions. Thankfully it was a bit warmer in the evening (felt like low 40s) and around 8mph winds.

Friday: Rest Day! A day of struggling to hydrate, foam rolling and trying to make sure I get enough sleep.

Saturday: 2 Mile Shake-out Run Outside + Expo. It was another cold and windy day. Doesn’t give me warm fuzzies for tomorrow.

Weekly Totals:

  • 1 hours 51 mins
  • 12.1 miles running

See all weekly workout recaps here.

Jes

GCM: Week Thirteen

Two weeks to go, and time to start tapering! I started the week very excited to Taper. My cut-back weeks have been really strong, so my concern is that I might fizzle by race day. But I need to trust the taper. If you really need to see the struggle it was apparently on Wednesday. I had to pull out my original training schedule then log into runcoach to determine what the heck I really should be running this week. Not exactly a problem I envisioned having 10 days from Race Day. This week ended up being nothing like a cutback week. Overall I ran much slower and this has me a bit worried going into Race Week.

Monday: Rest Day!

Tuesday: Allergy season is upon us and I am not prepared. Spent the day avoiding outdoors and fighting a sinus headache.

Wednesday: 4 Mile Run Outside in the AM + 4 Mile Run Outside in the PM. Feeling much better than Tuesday. So I spent my original 6 mile run plotting how to make up yesterday’s mileage (during taper week). I also calculated and realized that my originally scheduled 42 mile week wasn’t a taper, so then I had to calculate a correct taper and then mentally debate if that was appropriate. Eventually, I decided that running two 4 Milers in one day would help and cut my first run short, even though running less than 5 miles made me feel antsy for some reason.

Thursday: 7 Mile Run Outside in the AM. Now that Spring has sprung, it’s sunrise when I head outside to run. Almost miss needing my headlamp to get my mileage in.
CrossFit in the PM was a mix of heavier and lighter, and I couldn’t find the perfect weight for any exercise.
1. Front Squat: 3 Reps @60% EMOM x 12 Minutes
2. Deadlift: 3 Sets x 7 Reps
3. 5 min. AMRAP: 60 Single Unders + 15 Power  Snatches
—Rest 3 min.—
4. 5 min. AMRAP: 10 Pull-ups + 10 Overhead Lunges (25#)

Friday: 7 Mile Run Trail Run in the PM. There was 0.0 mile visibility fog this morning when I woke up for my run, I checked the weather report and realized I wasn’t going to get a run in before work and my only other option was to run in the afternoon when the projected temperature was 72 and Sunny.

Saturday: 7 Mile Run Outside. Another 72 and Sunny run. I got sunburned. This was a painfully slower run for me mainly because I wasn’t acclimated to the heat.

Sunday: 7 Mile Run Outside. 50 degrees, Cloudy and Windy. This was a better run than Saturday, but still a slow run.

Weekly Totals:

  • 5 hours 55 mins
  • 36.0 miles running

See all weekly workout recaps here.

Jes

What You Need To Know About The 2015 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon

When the Columbus Marathon won Salty Running’s March Madness Greatest Marathon (that isn’t NYC, CHI or BOS) Tournament, Salty herself emailed me to ask me why I think the Columbus Marathon is the best marathon. I tried to keep my response limited but I had trouble. Salty thankfully included all 334 words I sent her, but I thought a follow-up blog would be the best way to celebrate the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon.

First, my personal history with the Columbus Marathon. My first half marathon was in 2009 at Columbus. I believe that crossing the finish line is was truly jump started my love affair with running. My first full marathon was the Cincinnati Flying Pig, but my second full marathon was 2.5 years later at the Columbus Marathon. (Yes it really took me that long to recover and run my second full!) To date I’ve run 6 full marathons (twice at the Columbus Marathon) and 13 half marathons (3 were at the Columbus Marathon). My current marathon PR is from the 2013 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon.

Second, a disclaimer. I am no way an expert at this race. The information provided below is gathered from the Columbus Marathon website and my own personal experiences and opinions on this race. I am not an ambassador (although I wish…someday!) or affiliated with the race in any way, other than being a huge fan.

Exactly 6 months before Race Day, here is what I think you need to know about the Columbus Marathon for 2015 to include some of my favorite features of the race.

  • Registration:
    Registration is by marathonguide.com and opens early in January, giving runners 10 months to register. In previous years, both the marathon and the half marathon have sold out weeks before race day. The field is capped at 7,000 Marathoners and 12,000 Half Marathoners. I think that the pricing is reasonable for what the race offers.
  • Training:
    The Columbus Marathon introduced me to runcoach. I’m forever thankful because runcoach really has been the best training program I’ve used. If you sign up for runcoach during registration, the fee is $20, and after registration it is $25. This is a huge discount on the services that runcoach offers. Two years ago, they offered a discounted rate following the Columbus Marathon to continue utilizing their training services. The Columbus Marathon webpage also has suggestions for local running groups .
  • Transfer Policy:
    Participants can transfer races up to August 31st as long as the desired event hasn’t sold out. There is a $15 transfer fee to switch races plus the difference if upgrading, and no refund if downgrading. Transfer of race entry to another person is allowed until August 31st and there is a $25 transfer fee. There is no refunds, no deferrals, and no waiting list; these rules are no different from any other race I’ve run. Columbus Marathon also allows you to change your shirt size and estimated finishing time before August 31st.
  • Expo and Packet Pickup:
    The Expo is open on Friday 12pm-7pm and Saturday 9am-6pm. There is no race day packet pick-up. The Expo is held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. For 2015, the Expo will be in the Battelle Grand Ballroom, which is located at the south end of the Convention Center near the Hyatt Regency. If you’re going on Friday, there is plenty of parking in the Convention Center lot, on the street or in one of the Arena District parking garages. If you’re planning on attending on Saturday, keep in mind that The Ohio State University will be hosting a home football game, so traffic in and around the city can be difficult and near the Expo are plenty of game watching locations so parking may be hard.
    Next to WDW Marathon, this is the best Expo I’ve attended (although P&G hands out tons of free samples at the Flying Pig). Second Sole is usually front and center selling everything you could every want that says Columbus Marathon, but if you have your heart set on something, then get there at noon on Friday to guarantee it in your size. Yes, I’ve been there when doors opened the last two years! If you’re from out-of-town, any race gear you might have forgotten will be on sale at the expo, which I can’t say for some other races I’ve run. Not only that, but you’ll have plenty of options from the various vendors. Let’s not forget to mention all of the representatives from other races there with discount codes!
    You will need an ID to pick up your packet. Packet pick-up is arranged by last name so you don’t have to worry about remembering your bib number. With your packet, you’ll receive your bib (with BibTag tracking chip), the Columbus Marathon race guide, your t-shirt, the gear check clear bag labeled with your bib number, and plenty of coupons (there’s usually a free burrito from Chipotle!).
  • Pace Team:
    While at the Expo, meet your Pace Team Leader if you’ve signed up for a Pace Team. I suggest signing up because Clif will send you an awesome care package. If you’re interested in a cool fact, Race Director Darris Blackford is the Clif Bar Pace Team’s founder; He paced the 4:00 marathon group at WDW this year!
  • Weather:
    The thing about October races are they start out cold and warm up quick. Except for Columbus last year! Typically, the start is before sunrise, but runners have a few miles to shed clothes that will be collected and donated. The majority of the course isn’t shaded, so if it’s sunny you will stay warm. I’ve seen plenty of runners over dress for this race (including myself in 2009). I always stalk the weather report and dress for the weather at 8am or 9am and where disposable layers over it.
  • Runner Tracking:
    The Columbus Marathon utilizes RTRT-Real Time Race Tracking for its runner tracking service. Some other services are confusing when registering and I’m not certain if I just agreed to have someone else’s race that I’m tracking posted on my personal social media. This, however, is not the case with RTRT; their instructions are clear and simple and easy. RTRT also offers an app for tracking your runner, but I have yet to use it because their text message updates keep me informed when I’m not running and their social media updates keep my friends and family informed when I am.
  • Race Day Parking:
    I used to park near Nationwide Arena for an easy exit following the race. They used to also sell parking passes, unfortunately that practice is no longer continued. I highly suggest deciding which direction you will be entering downtown from and compare it to the course map, because nothing is worse than being blocked by road closures.
  • Course:
    The 2015 Course Maps have not be published yet. In previous years, the race has started near the state capital building, but last year it was changed to North Bank Park. The course still ran past the Ohio Statehouse, down Broad Street, through Bexley, added running past Nationwide Children’s Hospital (my favorite addition!), through German Village, up High Street, through the Short North, around Campus, into Upper Arlington and Grandview before turning into Victorian Village and eventually the Arena District. Last year they also changed the finish line from Nationwide Blvd to North Bank Park. This isn’t that different because it’s only one street over (you can see the old finish line from the new finish line!).
    The past few years the course has allowed runners to run through  Ohio Stadium. Unfortunately, this has been changed for the 2015 course. I’m not sure what other changes are in store this year.
  • Course Time Limits:
    As soon as the last athlete crosses the start line around 8am, half marathon participants will have until 11:30am (3.5 hours) until the course closes. I don’t think this is a change from previous years, however, the full marathon participants will now have until 2pm (6 hours) until the course closes.
  • Hydration and Fuel:
    There are 17 hydration stations on the Columbus Marathon course offering Gatorade and water. As you enter the hydration station the Gatorade is at the first tables in Gatorade cups and the water is at the last tables in White Castle white cups. The hydration stations are always less than 2 miles apart. Clif Shots are offered at mile 8.5 and mile 17.5. There are restrooms behind every hydration station.
  • Safety:
    Columbus takes safety seriously. Only race participants are allowed in the starting and finishing areas. All bags carried around the course are subject to inspection.
    Another aspect is participant health, I can’t remember a year when crossing the finish line where a first responder hasn’t asked me directly if I needed medical attention. I assume they ask everyone, or I might have just looked that bad. Compared to other races I’ve run, this race has a surplus of responders.
    As for the actual course, you do run on some brick paved roads which can cause trip and slip (if wet) hazards. I can’t remember bad road conditions in the first half of the marathon, but in the second half I do remember some construction and pot holes leaving Grandview heading into Victorian Village. I think most of that has been repaired, but as with any road course be on the look out. Also, though the course is closed to traffic, still keep a look out for vehicles when the course crosses the roads. As with any race, even though the roads are blocked off, when runners aren’t present they will be directing cars to cross.
  • Gear Check:
    With the start and finish line in the same location, Gear Check is a breeze. Most races are really strict about the clear Gear Check bags, Columbus is no exception. I’ve never need to use Gear Check at Columbus, so this is probably one area of the race that I can’t comment on.
  • Runner’s Starting Area:
    This is an athlete only area. When some races switched I wasn’t a fan because that meant being disconnected from my spectator (typically my mom). It eliminated last minute changes. Eventually I saw the light and realized that these areas are great. Mainly it eliminates the extra crowds and gives runners more space to warm up and stretch. With less crowds means shorter lines for the bathrooms, which there are plenty of. Last year they added heaters in the start area as well which was nice for the extra cold morning.
  • Start Line and Corrals:
    Until August 31st you can update your estimated finishing time (and corral) online, but after you’ll have to email registration. If it’s less than one week out, any changes will be done at the Expo. I’ve run Columbus before there was a staggered start of the corrals and before corrals were really enforced. The changes have only improved the quality of the race. The corrals aren’t over crowded (so they actually serve their purpose) and the staggered starts are too close together or too far apart. This makes for an even transition at the start line.
    Corrals open at 5:45am and the race starts at 7:30am. I prefer to get there an hour ahead of time to enjoy the festivities. I really wish they would publish their playlist because it rocks!
  • Patient Champions:
    The Patient Champions are Nationwide Children’s Hospital patients who have been selected to share their stories to inspire the participants of the Columbus Marathon. Each Champion sponsors a different mile. You get to meet each Patient Champion throughout the course. If the Champions weren’t inspiration enough, each mile gets decorated with a theme they selected. If you’d like to go one step further, you can become a Children’s Champion and fundraise for Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Become a Children’s Champion here.
    There are other Charities that sponsor teams that run the Columbus Marathon.
  • Spectators and Course Entertainment:
    As I said to Salty, the RD and staff do an incredible job hosting this race, however, without the spectators this race wouldn’t be what it is today. In all of the races that I have run, I’ve never seen so many people out on a course. The farthest apart I’ve seen spectators is maybe 100 yards, most likely less. If you ever want to watch the Columbus Marathon there is not a bad spot to do it from.
    If the spectators weren’t enough, there’s almost 100 bands, DJs and other entertainment along the course. Some of my favorites include the cheerleading teams and the drumline.
  • Finish Line:
    As you head into the finish, you’ll hear cheers from the stands and fans next to the finish line. Even with the new finish line, there’s a nice decline. At this point in the race, your adrenaline is pumping and the downhill helps give you a little bit of a kick.
    After crossing and receiving your medal and mylar blanket, there are granola bars, pretzels, chips, yogurt, bananas and chocolate milk to help you refuel. Depending on when you finish, there can be some congestion in this area, but they’ve really opened up the finishing chute to allow for a good flow.
  • T-Shirts and Medals:
    My favorite race T-shirts and medals are from Columbus. I feel like they get more colorful and bigger each year. In 2009, it was a white ribbon and a tiny triangle for a medal. In 2010, DB took over. The medals definitely got cooler and the races started to have themes which made the t-shirts better and each race more memorable.
  • Celebration Village:
    This is where you eat, drink and be merry! Reunite with your friends and family, visit the various vendors, or shop for finisher gear at Second Sole. Don’t forget to hit the PR Gong before you leave!

If you’re traveling to Columbus for the race, and are looking for non-race activities to fill your weekend, you can find travel and visitor information here .

If I left anything out, feel free to ask me. Or you can always check out the Columbus Marathon website, their FAQ page, their Blog page, or email your questions.

Also, if you haven’t already checked out my Race Day Preparation blogs, you can find them here. If that’s not enough, the Columbus Marathon has “26 Tips for 26.2 Miles.”

Good Luck and Happy Racing!

Jes