Holy Sugar – it is RACE WEEKEND!!!!
Yes – that is me screaming on the inside.
Although I would be screaming on the outside if I wasn’t so tired. Race weekend always occurs during the height of track season, so I am a wee bit tired for this weekend. In celebration of these weekend’s festivities – today’s Three Things Thursday will be 3 tips to enjoy the Race Weekend Experience:
Tip #1 – If you are running the 5 or 10K, you *may* want to bring a hand water bottle
The aid stations for both of these races are 4K into the race. I was so thirsty during the 10K last year and it was really warm out. This year it looks like we may avoid humidity, but still – if you are really used to drinking lots of water on a run – consider prepping for hydration. Also – insider tip. If you are feeling really hot – ask the water station to squirt you with the hose. We are allowed 🙂 Also – bring water for the pre-race time – water is priced at a premium.
Tip #2 – Figure out a meeting location to find friends and family after – and NOT the recovery area
The Race weekend is flippin’ nuts – do NOT say “I will meet you in recovery”. You will never find anyone in that crowd unless you are wearing a banana costume (please do). Suggested locations include: Laurier Street Bridge, spiral stairs, Ottawa Fire Fighter’s Memorial or the local pub.
Tip #3 – Figure out parking before hand/take public transit
Parking in downtown Ottawa is a bit of a pain. It is a bigger pain when there is a race going on! Figure out where you are going to park before you leave. There are quite a large amount of road closures! An idea would be to take the bus – which will drop you off about a KM from the start (good warm up!). In Ottawa we have many Park and Rides that are located throughout the city. Go HERE to find a location nearest you.
Do any of you have some tips that you would like to share?
Anyone else running the 10K? Come say hi! Email me for my meeting location 🙂