13 Tips for the Skyway Bridge Run March 2, 2018 20:52
Here is some advice for those running the Skyway 10k over the Skyway Bridge in St. Petersburg, Florida.
1. Be on time. With the logistics of this race being more complex than most, it's important to make sure you get there with more than adequate time. In short: Get there WAY EARLY.
2. Wear what you know. By now you should have a good idea for what's comfortable. Wear your tried & proven running shoes & shorts and if applicable, sports bra. Don't buy new shoes at the pre-race expo and then wear those for the race. Wear the best running socks you own. Running downhill causes friction so good socks are important.
3. Double-knot your shoes but don't tie them tighter than you normally do. Your foot has 33 joints and more than 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments. Don't restrict them.
4. Eat Breakfast. Even if you don't normally eat before a run or race, it's a good idea to top off your glycogen levels with some carbohydrates 2-3 hours before your race. Especially if you can't take a gel with you on-course. Try toast with honey & a sports drink, or some oatmeal. Keep it simple. Avoid fat and a lot of protein before the race.
5. Relax! Don't expend your emotional energy before the race. Get to the Trop, get comfortable and just chill out. Save your energy for the running!
6. Divide the 10k into 2 parts. The first part is to the top of the bridge and the 2nd part is to the finish line. The 2nd part should be faster than the 1st part.
7. At all cost, find a good rhythm early. Don't change speeds too much. Don't get caught up racing people the first 10-15 minutes.
8. When you run uphill, lower your arms and swing them harder than normal. Take shorter & quicker steps. Look up.
9. If you're taking a selfie or picture at the top, make sure you get out of people's way and tell them you're stopping. Don't just hit the brakes in front of other runners who may have different ambitions than you.
10. Running downhil: Turn the legs over FAST and don't lean back. Let Gravity do the work.
11. Enjoy the view! Don't forget to look around and enjoy the scenery. Not many people get to RUN over this thing. For many of us this could be a once in a lifetime thing! Soak it up!
12. Encourage yourself and others. Realistically there is going to be a point in this race where you'll be struggling. Try verbally offering encouragement to yourself and those nearby. Something like "We got this!" or "Nice job" will help you and the people near you!
13. Use your foam roller after it's over. Especially on your quads! The eccentric loading associated with running downhill will put some stress on your quads. Take care of them.
*Bring your Race bib or medal to our store by March 5th for a special discount of $10 off any purchase $25 or more!