7 Bridges Marathon

Chattanooga's Marathon - October 18, 2015

The 7 Bridges Marathon will begin in Coolidge Park on the North Shore of Chattanooga. Crossing the Market Street Bridge, the race will lead runners on a scenic tour of downtown Chattanooga’s bridges and riverside neighborhoods.

The half marathon course (13.1 miles) will accompany the full marathon (26.2 miles) over three bridges, splitting off at the Chattanooga Food Bank on the Tennessee Riverwalk. While the half will return over the Walnut Street Bridge and finish in Coolidge Park, the full marathon will continue over three more bridges (the C.B. Robinson, Thrasher, and Riverpark Bridges, respectively) before returning downtown to cross Walnut for the Coolidge Park finish. Come on and race!

ENERGY SUPPLEMENTS

From Trainer Will: energy supplements

Each of those items (gels, gummies, beans) are designed for the same purpose: quick, easily digestible energy. The different forms are only to cater to various individuals' personal preferences. Some don't like the texture of gel (like Gu), some don't like gummy-type stuff (like Shot Bloks), and some don't really like chewing on jelly beans in the middle of a race. These provide energy through caffeine and simple carbohydrates.
When to use them is also a personal preference situation. Most of these products say to take one serving 15 minutes before you start, and then one every half hour of exertion. There's nothing wrong with that strategy, however, because these supplements all use caffeine (they have non-caffeine options, but...let's be real here: why use it if not for the caffeine, which can cause a significant performance boost), you don't really want to stop consistently taking them until your exercise is finished. Also, sometimes you can only ingest so much caffeine before you start feeling "off.” Because of that, some people like to settle for a good breakfast before the race and then wait a period of time (maybe 60-75 minutes into the race) before starting to use energy supplements. 
Whatever race day strategy you decide upon, you should be careful to test it in training. Use your long runs as you lead up to the race to practice and test various strategies and see which works best for you, so that you have no questions or indecision on race day.
Good luck with your training!

  • Trainer Will

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