IanG - was hoping you'd respond!!
I've basically taken 15 months off from all competitive sports because life got pretty terrible for a bit, but used to do sprint triathlons, 45 mile bike races, 5ks and 10ks. I did the tris pretty competitively in my division (the fatty girl Athena group) and even placed in the top 10 a couple of times. Running has ALWAYS been my weakest sport and has definitely gotten into my head. I think I'm doing the half to prove to myself that I do still have it and I can do it.
My husband is doing it with me, so I thankfully won't be alone. He didn't train though.
He seems to think he'll be just fine because he used to run 10ks with me.
I've been eating the same breakfast before every run to help prevent the sh!ts. A lighter dinner the night before and I've been having a cup of coffee, greek yogurt, granola, and a banana in the AM an hour before my run. That seems to be the right fit for me without making me need to sh!t. I've been training with the Power Bar Energy Blasts starting with one chew at mile 4 and having one each mile. That seems to fuel me without making me want to puke.
The forecast is looking absolutely dreadful. It's suppose to rain all morning/day and be about 50 degrees. Any "stay dry" tips? I've read that some people put trash bags on over their socks and under their shoes. Ever tried it? What about water proof spray on shoes? I'd really prefer not to soak my $150 running kicks.
Unfortunately, the race is in the city with nearly zero parking. They're asking everyone to take public transit in, so I can't really take anything with me. Ugh. I'm hoping to find a way to stay as dry as possible during the race.
I plan on bathing myself in Aquaphor to help with chafing/blisters.