Prevea on the Move: Marathon Medical Support

Marathon weekend is finally here! We hope you had an injury-free training season, but you may be wondering what happens if you need medical attention along the course on race day? In this week’s Prevea On the Move Tom Krahn, Medical Coordinator for Cellcom Green Bay Marathon, discusses the course, medical support and other race day details to help you be more prepared for race day.

Along the route: There will be nine medical stations along the half-marathon route and twenty medical stations along the full-marathon route coupled with water stations. They will be highlighted by large red medical flags with a white cross. The medical stations are staffed primarily by licensed athletic trainers, paramedics, emergency medical technicians and nurses providing general first aid needs. If a medical emergency arises, the local 911 system is activated.

Finish line medical tent: The main medical tent at the finish line is fully staffed with health care professionals with the capability to handle any general first aid needs or medical emergencies. Ambulances are also onsite to provide emergency transportation if needed.

Best of luck to all runners this race weekend!

All for one, and one for all

To me, teamwork is the beauty of our sport, where you have five acting as one.  You become selfless.

A quote from the great basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski is the perfect sentiment for my final pre-race guest blog.  I may not be writing about basketball here, but bring five people together for a marathon relay, and the spirit of that quote applies.

This is my eighth marathon relay, and each one has been a blast.  Take five people, throw in a chip timer, and you have yourself a party in my mind.  I’m lucky to have family and friends who don’t run screaming in the other direction when the question “Do you want to run a marathon relay?” comes up. They have been quick to sign up and train right along with me.  For this I am thankful, as through the years many folks have helped me do something I haven’t been able to do by myself, yet: Complete a marathon.

Helping me navigate the 26.2 miles for this race are four friends I met because of running, including one I met on the high school track team.  We also teamed up for the relay at the 2012 Cellcom Green Bay Marathon, and we know how Mother Nature treated us that day.  We decided 2014 was the year to give this relay another go.

They encouraged me to keep training through a tough Wisconsin winter, when most days it would have been easier to curl up under a blanket with my kiddos and watch kids’ shows on Netflix over and over again than hit the treadmill.  Or go to my classes at the YMCA.  We checked in with each other to see how training was going, talked about races we had run so far this year, and I know on more than occasion I complained to my teammates about how painful the winter was for running (Really, Mother Nature, more antics?  As I have learned, Mother Nature can be a runner’s best friend or worst enemy).

Now that brutal winter is a cold, distant memory, spring has sprung, and we are less than a week from race day!  I hope all our fellow Cellcom Green Bay Marathon participants are as excited as our relay team is to get to the starting line.  The training is done and the hard work is behind us.  Now is the time to lace up our shoes, pin on our numbers, and enjoy the race after all the miles we have put in to get to this point.  Best of luck to everyone May 18, and cherish every step of your journey to the finish line.

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(And to Heather, Aprill, Airon and Beth:  Thanks for not encouraging me to stay buried under a blanket for the winter!)

See you on the course!

Amy Behrendt

From the Race Director’s Desk: Change, Change, Change

There is only one constant in life: CHANGE.

After my first few years as the race director of the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon, I wrote a goal on a piece of paper.  The goal was four simple words — “Establish a consistent course.”  I threw that piece of paper away a long time ago.  With a 26.2 mile marathon course, a 13.1 mile half marathon course, and a 3.1 mile 5K course, there are 42.4 miles that the staff and I are responsible for planning around.  The odds of finding 42.4 miles of urban pavement where there is no road construction, no road realignment, no temporary closures, is a pipe dream.  Each year we face new challenges and 2014 is no exception.

At the outset of the year, we learned that the Miller Lite Gate at Lambeau Field, the main entrance and exit to the Atrium, would be closed during marathon weekend due to construction.  Shortly after that, we learned that we would need to move the finish line from our traditional location along Oneida Street to the west side of the stadium due to  due to a mandatory event for rookie Packers players.  Not even a week later, we found out that Oneida Street on the east side of the facility would be shut down in May for reconstruction, totally eliminating our ability to even enter the premises on foot or by car from Oneida Street on race weekend.  Yikes!

Faced with course design challenges, we opted to break from tradition and run our marathon and half marathon participants on almost entirely separate courses.  The half marathon course, which has always been popular, remains largely unchanged.  With the marathon course, however, we essentially started with a blank sheet of paper.  This allowed us to do some really creative things like spend more mileage in the quaint residential areas of De Pere and take the runners on a loop through historic City Stadium, the Packers original home.  The relocation of the finish line also offered up some great efficiencies and ultimately more space.  It is now easier for runners to get food and beverage before the race, get dropped off and picked up by bus from local hotels, and drop off and pick up gear bags.  For the first time, spectators may be able to realistically watch their friend or family member run through Lambeau Field and still have enough time to get back outside and watch them cross the finish line.

I’ve always like the saying, “When life deals you lemons, make lemonade!”  I think we’ve lived up to that slogan this year and I’m anxious to see if the runners, volunteers and spectators agree.  See you all soon!

Prevea on the Move: Taper – How should we do it?

Tapering is when runners slowly reduce their amount of training miles prior to race day. It is one the hardest aspects of marathon training, as many runners think they are not ready for race day and feel they need to continue to push themselves. However, their bodies are ready and they need this time to recover. Here are a few tips to help you properly taper:

  • Reduce your distance and intensity of your training runs leading up to the last two to three weeks prior to the marathon. This will help your body to recover physically and mentally to prepare for race day.
  • Reduce calorie intake. Since you are reducing miles, you are reducing the amount of calories you burn. Cut back a bit on the quantity of your servings during this phase.
  • Select foods that are nutritious and healthy rather than high fat products. Make sure you keep eating fruits and vegetables during these final weeks.
  • Hydration is key, especially in the last week of training. The combination between carbohydrates and water will help build your energy levels for race day.
  • Don’t try new things the week prior or during the race. This is not the time to experiment.
  • Rest. Try to get 8 hours of sleep per day during this phase. The rest will help the body recover and give you more energy for race day.

DO NOT RESIST THE TAPER!

From the Race Director’s Desk: Crunch Time!

Race day for the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon is less than three weeks away. Whether you’re on the participant side or the organizing side, you can feel the intensity of the approaching date.

This time of year always reminds me of the weeks in college leading up to final exams. Students feel a tense mixture of anticipation and apprehension. You’re excited for the day to arrive but you’re filled with all kinds of doubts and uncertainty. Your mind is constantly racing to remember final things that need to be done. I can recall being a freshman in college and pulling all-nighter’s, trying to “cram” ten weeks of lessons into a 8 hour window at the eleventh hour. This sometimes yielded disastrous results. I remember oversleeping for the first half of a History exam and ending up with a “C” in the class.

Part of becoming a better student, a better runner or a better event organizer involves planning ahead. If you’re trying to cram a bunch of reading, a bunch of mileage or a bunch of site planning and materials ordering into the final two weeks, you can expect disastrous results. Better to stay loyal to a reasonable schedule and arrive at the classroom or the starting line well rested and fully prepared for what lies ahead.

The best piece of advice I–and probably most veteran runners–would offer to you first time distance runners out there at this point in the season is this: TRUST YOUR PREPARATION. As a student, you probably knew before going into the exam room how you would do on the test. The same holds true in distance running. Don’t try to cram at the eleventh hour. Rather, go into race day well rested and confident in your ability to make it to the finish line.

Prevea on the Move: The Final Prep

Prevea Pints & Pointers – The Final Prep

You have put in the physical training, now your mental training is put to the test. Join us to learn from our panel of experts how to prepare for the last couple of weeks to get you across the finish line. Tricia Adams, certified running coach; Sean Ryan, Race Director of the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon; Larry Lueck, First Timer Director for the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon; and the evenings moderator, Jason Helgeson, an experienced marathon and triathlon athlete, will discuss how to taper properly, last minute fuel strategies, what to expect on race day and much more. Come with your questions to get answers from the ones who have raced the streets of Green Bay.

Wednesday, May 7 from 7 to 8 p.m.
Green Bay Distillery
835 Potts Ave., Green Bay

Prevea Pints & Pointers is a free educational series with expert speakers offering tips and answering questions about running and preparing for the marathon.

 

Nearing the end, on three wheels

My jogging stroller: One of the favorite accessories in my running collection. The Christmas I received it changed my running life for the better (and my kids’ lives for that matter!)

The stroller has logged many training miles, raced at events from Green Bay to Milwaukee, and all points in between. The stroller has been rained on, had food crushed into it, liquids spilled on it, and a potty accident or two leaked onto it. The stroller also has been a comfy place for a napping child when a training run tired him out. I feel you kids…I wish I could have napped during a training run or two as well!

My two beautiful boys have explored their worlds with me through many miles, through many years, during many beautiful spring, summer and autumn days (it’s too bad the winters around here park the stroller in the garage for a few months). I was excited when my older son was old enough to ride, and then heartbroken when he outgrew it. A few years later, I was excited again when his little brother was big enough to ride comfortably.

My boys have cheered me on during races when my legs were tired, my lungs were burning, the sweat was pouring down my face, and my hands were sore from gripping the stroller’s handle. On those days, they were just the inspiration I needed to cross the finish line. There is nothing more motivating than a little voice yelling “Go mom!”
My jogging stroller has been a crucial part in building some beautiful memories with my kids. One of my most favorite, and stressful, was a fall 2013 race in which I did not secure the front wheel properly, and realized this before I finished the first mile. Needless to say, there is a race photo out there somewhere of me pushing my younger son, wheelie style. I could have stopped mid-race, but we pulled together a Plan B (and still finished that 5K well under 30 minutes despite my user error).

Why all the reflections on my stroller? This very well may be the last year I run pushing one. Once my younger son outgrows it, the stroller era of my running days is over, and I’m sad even thinking about it. After six years, the running memories I have built with each of my kids are precious, all because of a stroller. I recently pushed my younger son for the first time this year during a training run for the Cellcom Green Bay Relay Marathon, and it was wonderful (even if he fell asleep). I look forward to many more training runs with him this year, cherishing each moment as he grows before my eyes, while reflecting on how fast his older brother has grown up.

See you on the course!
Amy Behrendt


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