A quick shakeout run
No matter what the distance, I have to go for a shakeout run the day before the race. Mentally and physically, I need to get out and clear my head, and get myself ready to run.
Study the course map
I always like to look at the course map, although it makes absolutely no difference. It’s not as if I need to know where I am going - I’ll just follow the people in front of me regardless. Even so, I like to know where the course takes me – where to expect water, gels, etc.
Pack clothes you have ran in before
Do not wear anything new on race day. Even though you really want to wear that cute new top, or that awesome pair of shorts you got the day before at the race expo, pack it away for when you get home. You would not want months of training to be affected by a shirt seam that is rubbing you the wrong way, just because it is your favorite color
Don’t forget the Sunblock
It is hard to think about a sunburn when you start running in darkness, but it is a real concern. When you are out on hot pavement for hours on end, you don’t want your biggest post race concern to be a sweet racerback tan you got while running 13.1! Lather up with the same sunblock you use on your training runs – you wouldn’t want it running in your eyes now, would you?!
Remember your shoes
Make sure that you have your favorite pair of shoes with you on race day. You don’t want to have to worry about buying a new pair at the expo! They may or may not have your right shoe and size, which could be a recipe for race day disaster!
Mary Baum is a runner and healthy living blogger over at Food and Fun on the Run. She is a marathoner (x7), dog lover, and Florida native that likes to be having fun outdoors than sitting inside any day! Her love for running and fitness fuels her life every day and believes if she can influence just one person by spreading her love for the sport, then all of the hard work is worth it. Her mantra is simple: “Attitude is Everything”, as she believes that your outlook determines your future. She is on the pursuit of getting her personal trainer’s certification and can’t wait to share her knowledge with all of her readers!