You’ve trained hard, and race day is approaching. Here are a few tips to get you to the starting line with confidence.
The day before . . .
- Rest – get a good night’s sleep – skip the party or late night event.
- Hydrate well the week before the race. You will know you are hydrated if your urine is clear.
- Eat properly the day before (carbohydrates and light protein)
Lay out your clothes and bib out the night before.
- Dress like it is 20 degrees warmer than the actual weather because your body temperature will quickly warm up
Pack a bag with your bib number, safety pins and dry clothes for after the race.
Race Day . . .
- Eat something light the morning of (if possible 1 to 2 hours before)
- Get to the race at least 45 minutes early.
- Do a light warm up of a very easy jog and some short strides to warm up your muscles.
- If nature calls, get in line at the Port-O-Lets as soon as possible. Many of the races have plenty of restrooms but the lines can get lengthy so don’t wait until the last minute and have to scramble to the starting line.
- Pace – remember to go out easy and pace yourself. Ideally, you should try to have what is a called a negative split which means your last mile is faster than your first two if you are doing a 5k. The only person that you should be racing is yourself.