I would give you full low down on the NYC Urbanathlon but that is why I’m blogging for Crushing The Course If you want the details, you can read about them here. However, there were some important lessons that I learned about races and want to share:
10 Things I Learned at the NYC Urbanathlon
- If the weather calls for rain and or snow, bring clothes for both. You might be “over packing” but this is one time you will not regret it. This also means bringing a change of clothes for after the race, especially extra socks and a 2nd pair of shoes!
- The weather man is not always right. They said it was going to snow but it was rain instead. Glad I had my baseball hat with me.
- Running in a little rain is actually not that bad after the first 5-10 minutes. Turns out, running with lots of people in the rain is fun.
- Don’t throw out a pair of sneakers you think you might have ruined during a rainy/muddy race. I thought I ruined a pair during the Chicago Urbanathlon, but ended up wearing them in NYC and avoided ruining yet another pair. I think I’ll hold on to these for rainy races permanently.
- A headband under a baseball hat is a good idea for chilly rain. Crawling under fences with bars while wearing a baseball hat is a bad idea. Yes, I hit my head. Hard. It still hurts to shampoo on one spot.
- Obstacle races make longer distances go by so quick! Even if you’re cold and wet. But don’t sweat the obstacles. People are willing and ready to help you.
- I would move to Chicago. I’d need to land a dream job to move to NYC.
- Eat after a long race. Don’t wait for a big brunch or you will feel nauseous. I had some fruit, yogurt and granola but felt sick about an hour later. I needed more!
- I’m good at obstacle races! I have never done a half marathon but the 10-mile course has me convinced to sign up for one in the Spring. I did realize though that I do not like mud. So this might be only obstacle course to conquer.
- Sliding on your butt across the hoods of cars is fun!