A Guide To Being An Awesome Second

  • Wake up with the athlete on the morning, usually around 4:15, to take them to the start, offering words of reassurance.
  • Make sure they have all they need and go over the route – again – and the spots where you will be waiting.
  • Be at designated spots way in advance, foregoing any breakfast or coffee stops, it’s all about the runner.
  • Make sure all pre-packed items are ready i.e. lip ice, sun cream and hat, boiled potato cut into pieces, raisins, and cooked chicken legs.
  • If runner is unable to stop (for fear of not being able to start again), don’t feel shy to walk with them, telling them that they look great (girls need to hear these things, even if they are a lie)
  • Be sure to peel any fruit, break into segments and wait while runner sucks the juice out and hands back what’s left.
  • Wait at the end standing with arms wide open to give them a congratulatory hug (any comments on smell or their sweaty bodies is NOT recommended).
  • Pay to have them go for a massage at one of the massage tents
  • Carry all their paraphernalia and shoes, back to the car and then drive around and fetch them from the entrance so they don’t have to walk to where you parked, usually around 3km’s away because you couldn’t get there earlier.
  • Tell the runner that you would do it again in a heartbeat!!


  1. Justine says:

    chicken is a source of protein therefore protein gives prolonged energy! fruit is a source of carbohydrates, it provides quick energy for the runner to carry on! sucking on the juice helps the runner not feel full!
    Great blog and i’ll be using this advise when i come and support yourself and your mom! love you girlie!

  2. Trish says:

    Your dad is certainly well-trained and definitely an awesome second!

  3. Bridget says:

    I’m not so sure about the sucked fruit either…

  4. Bridget says:

    Cooked chicken legs?! I was with you up till then, but come on! You’re running your heart out and you want chicken?
    Now, ice lollies I would understand…

  5. Werner says:

    I think I am going to use this as a “not so subtle hint” for the friends that “support” me in my running…

    PS: It is good for guys to hear that they look good too!

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