Hello runners, walkers, and general aquarium lovers!
The Penguin Walk/Run is this weekend!! To all of you who are participating I can’t wait to see you there. If this is your first race, congrats! You’ve made it! The best advice I can give those training is to run one mile the day before so that you warm up your legs.
Running a race is tons of fun. Usually, I won’t wear headphones because people are generally talkative and it’s fun to hear the crowds cheering. In my last race, I met very interesting people and had some great conversations. The Penguin Walk/Run is filled with friendly participants and volunteers. Many aquarium staff members are also there too cheering on the runners. Make sure to stay hydrated and to “carb up” the night before. Many runners eat a bowl of pasta the night before a race or a bagel a few hours before. The race will have plenty of water stops, but if you want to bring your own water bottle that’s fine as well. Most runners will tell you to not break out at full speed during the beginning of the race and to make sure you pace yourself. I say that’s baloney! I love sprinting in the beginning of a race and feeling the adrenaline pump through my body. Granted, I will usually tire out a little quicker, but I think it’s more fun, especially if I’m not trying to set any personal records. Also make sure you get a good night sleep the night before. Last thing you want to be is tired on your big day.
Remember to wear your favorite running outfit and bring your can do attitude!
You all got this! See you Saturday!