DO get a good night’s sleep!
Make sure you are getting enough sleep the week leading up the your race.
If you expect to have pre-race jitters the night before, try to log an extra hour or two of sleep two nights before the big day.
DON’T break in a new pair of shoes!
Wear the same shoes that you trained with. Trying a new pair so late in training could result in injury.
If you think a pair may not last until the race, then incorporate a new pair in your rotation at least two months leading up to the race.
Also, don’t try any new gear on race day. Don’t experiment with a new pair of socks or even a running pack.
Be sure to at least give at least a test run to avoid any issues on the big day.
DO lay your gear out the night before!
Lay out all your gear and clothes before the morning of the race. Allow yourself ample time in the morning to eat breakfast and make your way to the starting line.
The last thing you need is panic and stress from scrambling and searching for that favorite running pair of running shorts.
DON’T introduce new foods or race fuel.
Only eat what you’re familiar with. Eat for breakfast what you would normally eat before a training run…but don’t skip breakfast either.
DO have a game plan.
Have an idea of what time you’d like to finish. Make your goals realistic. Start with a pace that is familiar to you- the pace you trained with.
Have a backup plan and imagine various issues you may encounter as well as your solutions for them.
DON’T try new training techniques.
While adding a speed workout to your routine may benefit training, it will do quite the opposite if you add it the week of your race.
DO have a mantra.
Something short and simple to tell yourself in case you’re having a tough time.
DON’T Overdue the carboload
It is traditional to eat a pasta dinner the night before a marathon or half marathon.
However, keep in mind that whatever you eat that night will still be with you 12 hours later.
It is okay to load up on carbs the nights before race day eve, or possibly for lunch the day prior.
Eat something nutritious and simple for dinner, such as grilled chicken breast, sweet potato, and sauteed spinach (and maybe some dessert!)
DO have fun!
Make friends. Enjoy the scenery. Remember, it’s okay to enjoy a race.
If things get tough, force yourself into a smile- it’s amazing how such a simple act can turn it all around!
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