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Lace up for the 2015 Marathon Bahamas!

Posted by: Nassau Paradise Island on October 15, 2014

Is running a marathon on your bucket list? Maybe you’d like to take part in a 5K fun run for a good cause, or perhaps you’re just looking for an opportunity to start 2015 on a more active note. Whatever your fitness goal, you’ll be able to achieve it during the 2015 Marathon Bahamas. This is the perfect chance to lace up your running shoes and experience one of the most beautiful race courses on earth: Nassau Paradise Island!

Finish line, Marathon BahamasThis will be the sixth annual Marathon Bahamas, and it’s expected to be our biggest and best race weekend yet. The weekend kicks off on Saturday, January 17 with a health and fitness expo and the 5K Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. On Sunday, January 18, the full and half marathon races will take place, as well as the marathon relay, in which the full marathon distance is split up amongst a team of four.

Described as “fast and flat”, the marathon courses have been designed to show off the best sights in Nassau Paradise Island. The route takes runners through downtown Nassau with its historic and charming architecture, on to stunning Paradise Island, and finishes oceanside at Arawak Cay, also known as Fish Fry. You won’t run a more beautiful race anywhere else!

In addition to a gorgeous course, participants will enjoy ideal running weather – the average temperatures in Nassau Paradise Island in January are morning lows in the 60s rising to the mid-70s in the afternoon. Combined with low humidity, conditions are ideal for running a winter race comfortably.

Have we convinced you to give Marathon Bahamas a try? Here are six helpful tips for running your best race, whether you’re a seasoned marathoner or this is your first 5K.

Follow a good training plan. A quick Google search will bring up lots of training plans you can follow. Two training resources we like a lot are Jeff Galloway and Hal Higdon. Generally, a marathon training plan consists of a couple of short-to-medium-distance runs during the week to work on speed and technique, a day of cross-training (cycling, weight lifting, swimming, or some other activity you enjoy), and one long run each week, which typically falls on the weekend. Be sure to incorporate rest days into your routine to help prevent overuse injuries and don’t forget to taper during the week before your race to give your body a chance to recover and prepare.

Get fitted for proper running shoes. Wearing the right shoes not only means a more comfortable run for you, but can also prevent injury – worth it, considering all the miles you’ll be logging during training! Consider bringing a well-worn pair of running shoes with you when you get fitted so the sporting goods store staff can see how your shoes tend to wear and make a good recommendation. Marathon Bahamas

Fuel your body properly. Race day isn’t the time to experiment with a different type of breakfast or energy gels – instead, stick with a simple meal that works for you! A good breakfast option is toast with peanut butter and a banana, which gives you a mix blend of carbs and protein to fuel your run. During Marathon Bahamas full and half marathons, water stations will be located every mile of the course beginning at mile 2 and GU energy gel will be available during the race as well.

Bring the right gear. The marathon and half marathon start before sunrise, so consider some light-reflecting tape for safety. Dress with the appropriate layers for the temperature, and don’t forget sunglasses and sun protection – it is The Bahamas, after all!

Arrive early. The starting area can become congested, and you don’t want to risk missing the starting gun or feeling rushed at the beginning of your race. Shuttle service is available from several resorts in Nassau Paradise Island for runners beginning at 4:45 a.m. (check the Marathon Bahamas website for transportation details).

Start slowly. One of the biggest racing mistakes for both newbies and experienced runners is starting too quickly at the beginning of a race. It’s easy to do: you feel rested and strong, other runners are speeding out of the gate, and all the excitement and energy at the starting line can prompt you to take off too fast. To avoid starting too quickly (and burning out quickly as a result), consider wearing a running watch that enables you to time your splits and stay within your comfort zone.

Get ready, get set, go: register for Marathon Bahamas now! Check out the Marathon Bahamas website for all the details you’ll need to know to prepare for your race, and see what past runners have to say about the event. Check out places to stay and things to do while you’re here. We can’t wait to see you in January, and we’re sure you’ll agree that marathons are better in The Bahamas!

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