Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all had a great week, this one seemed to fly by! Thanks so much for all of your support yesterday on my #REALCHAMPION post, I greatly appreciate it! I’m linking up with Courtney, Mar and Cynthia again this week for the Friday Five.
Oh and I want to give a shout out to Mar who is running the Pittsburgh Half Marathon this weekend as one of their featured bloggers!! Have a great race Mar. Hopefully you can use these tips 😉 Today’s topic is 5 Things about race day, but I’ve customized it a bit.
Racing can be stressful for some people. It shouldn’t be, but it most definitely can be. Excitement and competition can get the best of us. Butterflies, frequent potty stops, rumbly tummy’s can all be signs of stress before a race. Most runners put a lot of pressure on themselves, let’s face it, most of us are Type A. We want to do our best and strive to be better. So how can we make race day easier?
5 Ways to ensure a successful race day
1. Prepare your gear the night before. Lay out your entire outfit including all of the essentials. I like to call it my flat mama, and if you’re not a mama, then your flat person. It can help you visualize everything you need. Did you forget your watch? Your socks? Your bib number? Get it all together so there is nothing to worry about in the morning. The last thing you want to be doing is scrambling around in the dark trying to find things that you forgot and then waking up the entire house at zero dark thirty. (Trust me, been there done that.) If you are new to racing, make a checklist to make sure you have everything.
2. Have a balanced breakfast of carbs and protein. Eat what you have eaten during your training cycle. Don’t decide to change it up the morning of. That can lead to bad bad things. Make sure you time it correctly on WHEN to actually eat. Will you be taking a bus or shuttle to the start and not start the race for 2 hours or will you be racing quickly? You need to give your body time to digest and also make sure that too much time hasn’t gone by and that you won’t be hungry when the race is about to start!
3. Get an early start! Better to be early than late. Plan accordingly for a drive and allow for traffic. It will also give you time to warm up and get some good dynamic stretching in! And the early bird gets the worm when it comes to porta potty’s!! You won’t have to worry about toilet paper being gone or them being stinky already…or the lines being a mile long!
4. Don’t get caught up in the race day excitement. It is really easy to do this, but it could hurt you in the long run if you go out to fast. You don’t want to crash and burn after mile 1 or 2 because you thought you could win the race as you were high on race day endorphins, leave that to the elites.
5. HAVE FUN. Racing is supposed to be fun. Yes, we are competitive people by nature, but likely most races will not be PR’s. Pick and choose the races that you want to run for a PR and some that you just want to enjoy the racing atmosphere and stick with it on race day. It will make a huge difference in your attitude on race day. It sure worked for me in Paris!5 Ways to Ensure a Successful Race Day @suzy399 #fridayfive #running #fitfluential #sweatpink #feetures Click To Tweet
Do you stress out on race morning?
How to you relieve the anxiety on race day?