This Sunday, March 17, 2013 is the 50th consecutive Caesar Rodney Half Marathon. The 5k starts at 8:15 AM, and the half marathon will start at 9:30 at Rodney Square in Wilmington, Delaware. The race benefits the American Lung Association.
Race registration is still open, and they are still looking for volunteers to help out.
So how to prepare for the big day?
1. Make sure to take at least a few days to a week to taper before Sunday. Some runners feel restless in the last few days as our bodies prepare for the race since we are so used to running more. This is normal, so resist the urge to pick the running back on. On race day, you will appreciate the rest.
2. That being said, it is helpful to run at least 20-30 minutes the day before, preferably in the morning, to loosen your legs. Otherwise, you are at risk of being stiff.
3. Drink plenty of fluids. Have a breakfast plan that you're used to, and avoid foods that are difficult to digest, such as those that have a lot of fiber and fluid. If you need to wake up a few hours early to make sure you have enough time to digest, make sure you set your alarm on time.
4. Check the weather early and often, and dress appropriately and in layers. Forecasts so far seem to be clear, if a bit cold. The current forecast is a high of 46, low 36 with a 10% chance of rain.
5. Have fun!