Marathon Training Issue #5: Expert Runner Advice Wanted

Seattle Marathon

Apparently I have very little idea what I am doing in this marathon. I will be running in my first marathon this December. I thought I knew what I was doing until I saw the list of options to buy for the Seattle Marathon.

Those options are:

Bus Course Tour: ($20)

Post marathon Massage: ($18)

Carbo Load Dinner: ($23)

Lots of shirts, sweaters, etc: (various prices)

Acupuncture: (free)

Obviously this is not a crisis.

But which of the above options do I actually need considering this is my first marathon? I’m not going to be setting a land speed record in this event. My goal is to finish the race without stopping to walk. To do that, my main concern is wearing the right shoes (which I believe I have thanks to my wife).

The bus tour might be important but I’m not trying to win the race… just finish without walking. To me the only thing that looks worth while is the post race massage! What are your thoughts? Do dedicated marathon runners use the bus tour or carbo load dinner?

I am sure they are all nice things but I am on a budget.

In addition, I was slightly intimidated by the times the award ceremonies start. The men’s award ceremony starts 3 hours and 15 minutes after the marathon starts. I expect to still be running at that time. Seriously? I know the people who have a chance to win will beat me by at least an hour, but knowing they will be getting their awards while I am still running feels weird.

I hope the awards ceremony isn’t near the finish line. I don’t want to be in the background of someone’s award photo. I’m sure there will be an 80-year-old woman who passes me at the finish line… and then I will be in the background of someone’s award photo… getting passed by an elderly woman.

5 thoughts on “Marathon Training Issue #5: Expert Runner Advice Wanted

  1. honestly? none of them. 🙂 i never do the carb dinner, because if you just start eating carbs the night before, you’re screwed. the bus tour? i like to be surprised by the route. it keeps almost 30 miles of running interesting and fun. post marathon massage is nice… but i have a massage therapist i see, so i never consider it at a race. i like to go to someone i know and trust not to screw up my body more than it already is. massage is something i take pretty seriously, and while the marathon organizers might really think their therapists are top notch… i like to think of massage therapists as practitioners, and i would just go see any old doctor. for your first marathon, just enter, run, and enjoy. it’s seriously thrilling to finish your first one, or your second or third or fourth one…. it’s a different kind of race.

    1. also, a note on the carb dinners… i never eat them, because i like to eat something more in the way of complex carbs that i am used to eating. i am always afraid of eating something out of my control the night before a big race. some people aren’t afraid of that… i just want to control as many variables as possible so i’m not having a ruined race experience in a port-a-john the morning of a race. i bring food with, or eat something i am used to eating.

      1. Thanks! I think the only thing I was strongly considering was the massage. I do not have a massage practitioner so I don’t have anything to compare the marathon massage with if I get it.

        The bus tour was second. The carb dinner was last because it seemed expensive for one plate of food when I am not sure what I will get. In addition, like you I would rather eat something I am familiar with.

  2. Sorry in advance that I can not help you with any practical advice, you have far more courage than I to be running a marathon (I can not stand running personally, it makes me feel like I need to cry and punch something at the same time), but if I can, I’d like to give you some moral support and tell you to have fun and go for it! And heck, if you’re in the picture with granny, smile right at the camera because you made it, ta da! But if I you asked me, after my glamor shot, I would definitely not pass up that massage, just sayin’ 🙂

    1. Ha! Thank you for the moral support! And like you, I do not think a massage at the Seattle Marathon will turn out to be a regrettable decision.

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