Crossing the finish line of any marathon for the first time requires physical and mental conditioning. There's physical fatigue, the mental highs of pushing past psychological limitations, and the sheer excitement of feeding off competitors and a crowd. It is just this sort of physical and mental prep that are also required to be an accomplished salsa dancer.
Whether you?re an expert or beginner cyclist, it's part of the fun and challenge to take your participation in your sport to the next level.
If you are about to run in the Chicago Marathon (or any marathon for that matter) and are wondering, "What race day items do I need for a marathon?", keep reading. All of the following long-distance running items should make your pack and prep list. These are Marathon Must-Haves:
1) Body Glide - the single most important product for a happy race.
I've played with Bikram's famous quote in the title.
Athletic-Minded Traveler subscriber, H. Scott Sarran, can no longer say he's never won anything. Be careful what you wish for Scott...Ironman just released its lottery winners and Scott is on the list. Congrats! Be sure to tell your wife and kids that they'll likely never see you this summer!
Congratulations to all the other lottery winners as well.
Our Athletic-Minded Traveler video crew had a blast interviewing cyclists, mechanics, fans, and even the podium ladies at the Tour of California's final stage in San Diego. Everyone was happy to talk to us, even the time-crunched and focused riders.
Another marathon...another death. This past weekend's Little Rock Marathon is the latest event to have a participant expire after crossing the finish line. 27-year-old Adam Nickel of Madison, Wisconsin, completed the race, then died from cardiac arrest. According to early reports, emergency personnel attempted mouth-to-mouth resuscitation until an ambulance arrived with a defibrillator. If true, this fact raises a red flag in my mind!
One of the great experiences provided by the Tour of California is the amazingly up-close access that spectators receive. Not only can cycling fans get autographs from and take pictures with the top cyclists in the world, but you also gain insights into the overlooked minutae of race preparation and post-race responsibilities.
We're just back from the Tour of California's final stage in Pasadena. Congrats to Georgie for a much deserved stage victory and to Levi for another Tour win.
You can go to Velonews or other cycling sites for a race report, but if you're like us, nothing is more arousing than seeing up close the bikes and equipment being used by top pros.