7,600 will run the St. George Marathon October 5th. It's the 37th time for this amazing event that our community loves to support. If you are running, here are some tips from Brad Crump, D.C.
-Hydration, hydration, hydration. Proper hydration should begin the day before and not a couple of hours before the run. Water is the best way to hydrate.
-Eat something light a couple of hours before the marathon. What is right for one may not be best for another however, eating a complex carbohydrate with a protein source will help provide a slow and stable increase in energy over time and will prevent a rapid sugar spike and precipitous drop.
-Many runners will do a light, slow jog/run just before the marathon. This can be as little as a quarter to a half a mile.
-Wear shorts, shirts and socks that will wick moisture away from the body. Avoid clothing made of cotton. Moisture will remain close to the body and create blisters and raw spots.
-Stay true and consistent with the way that you have been preparing and training. If you find something that has worked, don’t change the day of the marathon. Trust your instincts and what has proven to be best for you.
-Depending on weather, layer with light clothing. This will allow you to easily remove layers as needed.
-Make sure that you have your gait assessed by a good running store so that you are wearing the make a model of shoe that provides the best fit and best matches your gait. Beware of wearing shoes that are too small! Your feet are your foundation of support and greatly influence your overall mechanics.