Race day will be here before you know it. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
- Drink plenty of water the day before the race, during the race, and after the race. As previously mentioned, hydration is important. Visit the aid stations during the race and drink the sports drink or water that is offered. Keep chugging the fluids.
- Make sure to get plenty of carbs during dinner the night before the race.
- Eat your usual breakfast the morning of the race. Race day is not the day to alter nutrition habits.
- Pack food fuel to eat during the race. Again, eat foods that you consumed during training and do not experiment with new foods. Your digestive tract will thank you for the consistency.
- Wear clothes that wick away sweat.
- Wear the shoes you trained in. Race day is not the day to put on those new cross-trainers you bought last week, no matter how cute they look with your running outfit.
- Remember to use the potty before the race starts, even if you think you don’t need to go. In the pre-race excitement, you’ll be glad you did. Trust me on this one!
- Once the race is over, you may be tempted to sit down. Don’t do it. Keep walking around for at least 10 minutes after the race. This is a good time to stretch out your muscles.
- It’s a good idea to eat a snack after the race, too. (See “Race Day Nutrition” blog)
Here’s the most important thing to remember: have fun! You’ve trained, you’re ready, now all you have to do is. . .GO!