Do you hear that? It’s Europe’s “Final Countdown” slowly amping up in the background. Maybe it’s just in my head, but we are in the final countdown to the 39th annual BolderBOULDER, America’s premier 10k road race and by far the best Memorial Day celebration I’ve ever attended. Monday morning, 50,000 or so runners, walkers, wheelchair athletes, and thrill seeking crazies will hit the streets of Boulder, CO, creating one of the most exciting, fun spectacles you’ll ever be a part of.
I don’t get asked a ton of questions about my running (other than “why”), and yet one of the most common questions I do get asked is around equipment. “What do you need to get ready for and complete a race like the BolderBOULDER?” One of the most beautiful things about running is that you don’t need much. Clothes to fit the elements, a couple of good pair of running shoes, and fuel for your body and you’re set.
Clothes are easy. If it’s cold, nice running pants (I like the Skechers Podium Jogging Pant), a light weight long sleeve shirt, and running hat and gloves if you need them. I mentioned you’ll want a couple of good pair of running shoes. Due to the pounding that shoes take, I like to have multiple pairs to allow them to regain their shape and cushioning, and I like having different pairs for different types of runs. I use the Skechers Go MEB Razors for my speed days and races, and those are what I’ll be wearing at the BB10k. I have another pair I use for longer runs or easy days, and a third pair I use for trail running. You don’t have to spend a ton of money, and you don’t want to go too cheap so you end up with an injury or buying shoes more often because they break down.
Fueling your body is the hardest part of running for me. I like chocolate. Of all kinds. All the time. 4 years ago I was 212 pounds and unable to complete a 3 mile run. Poor eating will do that to you. My wife discovered a book called “Eat to Live” that lays out the value of plant based proteins, and that has really helped our diet. It’s not like eating fruit and veggies is a new secret, and I had no idea how much of those you could eat and how beneficial that can be. For your everyday diet, a little common sense goes a long way. I still think that after long runs or hard runs, a little extra help isn’t a bad idea. If I’m doing a run longer than 70min or so, I bring a couple of Clif Bloks with me, and I enjoy having a Clif Bar after any strenuous workout. Nothing replaces healthy eating and tons of water, but having a little extra boost from time to time is nice!
In 3 days I’ll be joining tens of thousands of others to enjoy the BolderBOULDER and the Memorial Day Celebration that follows. If all goes to plan, I’ll be one of the few over 40yrs old that runs under 40min, a far cry from what I thought possible 4 years ago. Maybe I’ll see you there?!