Race to Robie Creek Half Marathon

Race to Robie Creek Sail Toad

Robie Tips, Tricks and Traps

As you complete your BOISE RunWalk half marathon training program after your longest workout of the season, taper into race day and spend the final two weeks preparing. Here's a list of suggestions from seasoned Robie veterans to help you totally enjoy your Robie experience.

1. Have a plan.

2. Treat the dress rehearsal (longest workout of the season) as if it were the real deal, as if it started at noon just like Robie Creek. Wear what you plan to wear, carry what you plan to carry, eat what you plan to eat on race day.

3. Taper into Robie. After the longest workout (dress rehearsal), there is very little you can do to catch-up on lost training opportunities, but in the last couple weeks and especially race week, there are things you can do that really help.

4. Monitor the weather forecast. It's common for race-day temperatures to be 30-40 degrees warmer than what you trained in and knowing the forecast helps you adjust your plan.

5. Send a "care package" on the Toad Mobile. Pack your race-day bag for whatever you want delivered to the finish line, and place it on the Toad Mobile at the start-line. What to pack in your care package?

6. Something to eat while you wait in the food line? A beach towel for a dip in the creek? Change of socks? Camera? Car keys?

7. Start slow. A too-fast race start inevitably results in poor performance the last two miles. Plus, road kill tastes much better when consumed between miles 5 and 8 than miles 1 and 2. As you approach the top of the hill at mile 8, that's when road kill is the most yummy.

8. Run/walk intervals. Start your intervals at the beginning of the race and adjust the intervals based on your knowledge of the course. Always let gravity be your friend on the downside or the less-steep portions of the course.

9. Carry water, carbohydrate and electrolyte. Most years, the race course has little more than water and booze.

10. Run the tangents. The shortest distance between two corners is a straight line. If you always round into the outside corners, over the 13.1 mile Robie course you might actually do an extra  2/10ths or 3/10ths of a mile…  who wants to run an 3 extra football fields?

11. Walk backward. Between mile 7 and 8 you might find this really helps at the steepest sections.

12.  Talk to other people around you. "good job!" Double your fun and run with someone. Encouraging others delivers empowering energy to all.

13. Enjoy yourself and celebrate!


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