Training

Running on Empty

Like the song from Jackson Brown, “Running on Empty”, that is not a good idea. And as you work through the last stages of your training and preparation for this December’s Reggae Marathon on December 3 in Negril, Jamaica I’d like to offer some advice: Don’t overdress for the Reggae Marathon.  While we start at 5:15 am in the cool early morning darkness (my favourite) it will warm up a little once ...[Read More]

Is it OK to have treats while you train?

We received that question recently.  With under 90 days to go to Reggae Marathon 2011 it seems like a good question to ‘Ask Dan’.  Here is his response: It depends what you mean by treats and by train.  This being the Reggae Marathon blog, we can safely assume at least a 10K goal distance and maybe even a full marathon.  I think we should assume a training program of at least three day ...[Read More]

Food, food, glorious…and healthy for you…food!

The Reggae Marathon Pasta Party at the Couples Swept Away Sporting Complex takes care of the carbo loading before Saturday morning’s race start.  Fresh coconut, bananas and cold Red Stripe beer takes care of post race recovery.  For breakfast early Saturday morning before heading over to the Reggae Marathon start I like to have a light breakfast of toast with guava jam washed down with coffee and ...[Read More]

What do bananas and beer have in common?

Besides the fact that both bananas and beer start with the letter ‘B’, both of these along with a freshly cut coconut are all available the end of the Reggae Marathon. The health and recovery benefits of bananas and coconut water are well documented.  Not so with beer.  In fact there is controversy around the benefits of consuming a beer after strenuous physical activity. With beer there’s not tha ...[Read More]

Reggae Marathon Pacing Strategy, Part 2

In Part 2 on Marathon Pacing Strategy, Reggae Marathon ‘s ‘Ask Dan’ shares some specific tips on how to break down the Reggae Marathon (or 1/2 Marathon and 10 K)  into segments in order to not only maintain pace but finish strong: I will share something I heard from a top distance runner.  We all know you can enhance performance through visualization.  However, visualizing yourse ...[Read More]

Marathon Pacing Strategy, Part 1

We received this excellent ‘Ask Dan’ question recently:  “Do you have any advice on how I should pace myself during the Reggae Marathon? “  In this, the first of two parts, Dan shares his personal experience and gives some good advice on marathon pacing applicable for newbies as well as seasoned marathoners. Ah, the art of pacing your race effort in the marathon, a much considered topic!  Yet, one ...[Read More]

Have you had your banana today?

Give me a banana.  Actually, make that two!  And don’t wait for the bananas at the end of the Reggae Marathon in addition to the fresh cut coconut.  Eat a banana before the race as you make your way to the start line December 3.  It turns out that bananas contain three natural sugars, sucrose, fructose and glucose that combined with the natural fibre releases an instant and sustained energy boost. ...[Read More]

Ask Dan

My name is Dan and I am a runner.  Some would suggest we runners should have meetings that start like that, but I have no idea why. For the next few months I am going to be a guest blogger and hope I can offer some ideas or answers that will help out both experienced and aspiring runners, including and especially the so-called destination runner.  I’ve been around for a bit, and although lik ...[Read More]

“Top Tips for Choosing the Best Running Wear for Women” by Angie Newton

1. Choose a solid shoe Take a trip to a local specialty running store so that they can analyze your feet and determine the perfect fit to help you choose the right shoe.  Be sure to bring your current pair of running shoes so the sales associates can see the current wear on the shoe.  It’s also best to wear the socks you would normally wear with the shoes.  Most specialty running shoes have ...[Read More]