26 Marathons, 26 Memories

Big Sur Marathon 2013

Growing up, we celebrated Golden Birthdays when your age matched your birthday day. So if your birthday was April 12th, your 12th birthday was your Golden Birthday. I recently ran my 26th marathon. Well, technically it was my 25th full […]

Anatomy Of A Pace Band

Pace Band

Many races offer pace bands for runners to use on race day. Along with pace groups, pace bands are a great tool to help you reach your race day goals. If you’ve seen these things at an expo and aren’t […]

Race Day Strategies: Running With A Pace Group

Pace Group on Race Day

It is increasingly common for races to have pace groups for marathons and half marathons. I’m seeing more 10ks and shorter distances with pacers. With a good race strategy and a little planning, a pace group can be a great […]

Race Day Strategies: Dealing With Race Day Crowds

Big Sur Marathon Start Line Tent

Strategies For The Crowd Averse Runner Marathons are getting bigger every year. The largest marathons like Chicago and New York are both now nearing 50,000 participants. It’s great that running and marathons are gaining in popularity, and I know many […]

How To Pick Your First Half Marathon

Picking your first half marathon

For many first-time half marathoners, picking their first race is simple. There is a home-town race or a race they have always dreamed of doing. But for others, it can be a surprisingly hard decision. If you don’t know which race […]

Race Day Strategies: Start Line Time Management

Race Start Line Time Management

Race start lines are often hurry-up-and-wait affairs. Most races recommend that you get to the start line staging area at least an hour before the start. So you get there. You park. Then… um… you do what exactly for the […]

Aid Station Etiquette For Runners and Volunteers

Aid Station Etiquette

Races are generally straightforward affairs (literally). You start and then you run forward until you hit the finish line. But one area can potentially cause trouble: the aid station. At aid stations, runners can cut each other off (hopefully unintentionally, but […]