Mile Matters with J&A Racing
As you prep for your next half marathon or marathon, one piece of the puzzle that tends to be overlooked is water stop etiquette. When you’re racing in larger events, the water stations can be overwhelming – so I am breaking down my top three tips…
- Know The Event’s Set-Up: If you’re running the Chartway Norfolk Harbor Half Marathon with us this fall or the Yuengling Shamrock Marathon / Anthem Half Marathon, we always have our hydration stations set with water first then Gatorade (Norfolk Harbor) or Nuun (Shamrock) then water again. Knowing when to expect each option can help you develop a hydration plan. Most races outline their hydration station info on their website and also show them on the course map. My personal preference is to take Nuun first followed by water. When a race is crowded, hitting the first water stop table can slow you down, so I usually elect to hit the last one. During your long runs leading into the race, be sure to test out whatever hydration option will be on your course. If you’re local to Hampton Roads, I highly suggest stopping by Running Etc and picking up Nuun to test out.
- Don’t Stop. Move it, Move it: For your safety and those around you, never grab a cup and stop. Once you’ve gotten your water or Nuun, keep moving and look around before throwing your cup to the ground (or trash can for bonus points).
- Pinch The Cup: If you’re striving for a PR and want to keep moving through a water stop, instead of walking, here’s a pro tip….by pinching the cup and creating a funnel it allows you to keep running while taking sips of water. Sips are key, this isn’t your college frat party. Especially if it’s cold out! This is a nice way not to get soaked from splashing water. 3 easy steps to a smooth
Grab the cup, pinch the cup, & take small sips
Good Luck and Stay Hydrated!
Fast Facts about Ryan:
- Director of Sponsorship at J&A Racing
- Favorite J&A Racing Event: Yuengling Shamrock Marathon Weekend
- Currently Training for the New York City Marathon
- Random Fun Fact: played the drums since he was 10 years old