Friday, October 3, 2014
Day 84 of 100 Days of Good Karma.
On Saturday, October 4, 2014 I’ll be walking with a team of really great people in the Susan G. Komen breast cancer awareness walk. Even though I’m walking and not running for this event, I try and follow a few basic rules to get ready for a race.
1. Enjoy a day or two off before the race
This is called a taper. It can be a little unnerving to not run after you’ve been so focused on running during your training. Rest days during training serve two functions: they help your body recover and they teach you how to mentally handle days you don’t run. Go easy on yourself. You want to be fresh and rested for race day, so don’t replace the day or two before a race with some crazy new cross training adventure. You can do that after your race.
2. Eat right and Hydrate
Drink mostly water and don’t go on a Sonic binge with jalapeno cheeseburgers, onion rings and milkshakes (I’m as guilty of this as anyone). Not only will you feel like crap after eating that way, but what you eat the day before a race will impact how you feel during the race.
3. Pick out your clothes
I always pick out my clothes the day before a race. I pick my favorite running clothes, no matter what they look like. The ones I look forward to having for regular runs.
Do yourself a favor and don’t wear anything to the race you haven’t trained in. No new shoes on race day. No new shirts. No new shorts. You want to go into the race knowing how your clothes are going to feel from mile one to the very end.
Don’t overdress. You’re going to get hot and sweaty during the race anyway. If you think you’re going to be cold, bring a long sleeved shirt you don’t care about so you can throw it to the side of the road when you get hot.
It helps, too, to pin the bib onto whatever shirt you’re going to wear. That way you don’t have to do it in the morning.
4. Try to sleep
The night before a race can be a little nerve wracking. The day you’ve been training for is finally here, and now you’re supposed to sleep? Try, of course, but don’t sweat it if you don’t sleep much. If you get enough sleep on a regular basis, one night isn’t going to impact your race. You’ll be so nervy in the morning it won’t matter anyway.
5. Remember why you’re there
You did the work. You trained. You’re here.
Have fun with it!
Take too many pictures at the starting line. High five other runners. And squash that pesky voice of doubt that says you can’t do this, because, just by showing up, you’ve already proven you can.
Trust your training. Trust yourself. You are going to rock this thing!
Today’s silver lining: I’m looking forward to a fun day with friends tomorrow!
What’s your silver lining today? I love comments!