About Holly Hammersmith

Holly Hammersmith is an independent writer and editor. She blogs about how to keep a healthy home and lifestyle. Topics include wellness, household, saving money, gardening and more. Holly lives in Cleveland, Ohio, with her husband, daughter and rescue dog Lulu.


  1. Danielle says

    I have my first 6 mile relay on Sunday. Thanks for the tips. I am mostly concerned about what to eat beforehand. I was told maybe an egg and toast were best but no dairy!

  2. Julie @ Am I There Yet says

    I make sure i get up in time to eat a good pre-run breakfast. But before I do that, I always take an Imodium. Sounds so crazy, but if its a really long one, it helps me avoid crapping and other running unmentionables. Make sure you get good sleep, drink plenty of water, and like you said, take a positive outlook!

  3. Faith @ For the Health of It says

    I haven’t done a long run in a while, but my golden tip was go to the bathroom beforehand! Kind of a “duh” idea, but there have been several instances where I was all…screw this, I have to pee…but no place to stop!

    • Holly says

      Oh yes! I get especially paranoid about restroom breaks. Of course drinking all that water to hydrate exasperates the problem!

  4. Jessica B. says

    Drinking water the day before is key. I notice a huge difference if I drink water the night before or not. Or if I go out drinking the night before. I think a lot about my long run and get myself pumped up. I plan a fun route that passes my favorite places. Or I pass places twice so 2 hours later people can go “that girl is still running, crazy”.

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