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Philadelphia Marathon tips from local experts: Dave Welsh

The runners behind Philadelphia's ODDyssey Half Marathon consulted with some of our best local running authorities and asked each of them to provide their top two tips on how to prepare for the GORE-TEX Philadelphia Marathon on November 17.

Philadelphia Marathon tips from local experts: Dave Welsh

Kenichiro Maemura, of Novi, Michigan at the 2012 Philly Marathon finish line: "Adrian!! I did it!" (Ning Shao/Philly.com)
Kenichiro Maemura, of Novi, Michigan at the 2012 Philly Marathon finish line: "Adrian!! I did it!" (Ning Shao/Philly.com)

The runners behind Philadelphia's ODDyssey Half Marathon consulted with some of our best local running authorities and asked each of them to provide their top two tips on how to prepare for the GORE-TEX Philadelphia Marathon on November 17.

Hopefully these tips will be helpful to all runners, especially those new to the sport, reminding them of the importance of a good training regimen in order to perform at peak level.

Sports Doc will offer tips from a local running expert daily leading up to the event. Today’s advice comes from Dave Welsh, owner of South Jersey's Haddonfield Running Company and its leading running community advisor,  runningco.com.

  • "If you are going to run in a costume make sure it is something light or a short distance. I ran the ODDyssey Half Marathon in basically a heavy red solo cup dress. I sweat about 5 pounds into it and had to carry it around with me the entire race. NEVER AGAIN! You don't need to make 13.1 or 26.2 miles any harder than it already is... unless you are like me and clearly have something wrong with you."
  • "Eating the product Gu during the race Is an absolute life saver. (If anyone reading this article knows someone who works for Gu and wants to give me money for saying that about their product I'd appreciate it.)"

More coverage
 
Marathon tips from last year's winner Michael McKeeman
 
Philadelphia Marathon tips from local experts: Karen Gibble
 
Philadelphia Marathon tips from local experts: Ross Martinson
 
Philly Marathon: Tips from a Top Competitor
 
Philly Marathon: More Tips from a Top Competitor

Stay tuned for more 2013 Philadelphia Marathon coverage at philly.com/phillymarathon.


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