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6 tips for a 1/2 Marathon

Yesterday, Aunt B and I went for a run.

I wore my new Brooks Pureflow 3’s.

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It’s possible highly doubtful that everyone in Walla Walla ate more soft peanut brittle than me, but for whatever reason, everyone was out running, walking, or biking.

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Bruttle’s Soft Peanut Brittle is indescribable. Order some now.

It’s common practice that as people usher in the New Year, health and weight loss seem to be a big priority.

Running burns a ton of calories. Running is a great stress buster. Running clears my brain (and probably yours too).

Aunt B gets it. She’s training for a half marathon in March. I’m kinda proud of her.

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(I was going to take a post-run selfie (runfie?) but I’m told my sweaty glow isn’t as appealing as I believe it to be. Instead, here’s a blurry pic of Aunt B and the munchkins.)

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On our 5k route we discussed a lot of things:

1. Aunt B’s love life (very interesting)
2. Yoga (not as interesting)
3. 1/2 marathon training

I won’t pretend to be a 1/2 marathon expert, but I have a little bit of experience. So, if you too binged on soft peanut brittle and you’re contemplating a 1/2 marathon, here are my tips.

1. Clip your toenails before you run. Everytime.

2. Use Vaseline to avoid chafing. I put it right at the bottom of my sports bra, but use it anywhere that you need it!

3. For 6+ mile runs, carry water and fuel. I learned the hard way. You will hit a wall if you don’t hydrate yourself.

4. I like Clif Shots or Powerbar Gu, but use whatever doesn’t mess with your stomach. Some people do jelly beans or gummy bears. I personally had a hard time chewing, running, and breathing at the same time, so the Gu fuels worked better for me.

5. Definitely stretch afterward. I didn’t follow this advice as well as I should have and I still have hip pain.

6. It’s okay to walk.

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As we say good-bye to the holiday season, a race might be just the thing to inspire you to get moving.

Any racers out there? What are you training for?

I need a good 10k…

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