Hello divas! I hope that your week is going well. Mine is thankfully a little short as I am getting ready for a 3 day weekend for my first half marathon of the year.
Getting ready for a race isn’t as easy as setting your clothes out the night before most of the time. When you are doing a distance race such as a half or full marathon, there are preparations that need to be made during the week to make the race a success. So today I am sharing some of my race week tips to help make sure your next race is as good as you hope it to be.
Take it easy – or not. Personally, I don’t really taper. I am not a fast runner. I typically spend a lot of my half marathons walking to be honest (though I am hoping to reduce the walking time over the course the year). So I am spending the week doing short, speed type runs and doing some dancing or stretching. I plan on not working out after Friday so my body can prepare for the 13.1 miles. However, if you are going for a specific time, you might want to take it easy during race week or stop workouts earlier in the week than I am.
Make a playlist. If you run with music, make sure you have your race playlist ready to go. I always like to include a little of everything – from country to rock to some R&B. The songs make me smile and (hopefully) keep me moving along.
Pack early. If I am traveling to a race, I start packing a few days before I am set to leave. This allows me to be able to see what I have and what still needs to go. I have a packing list to make sure all clothing, shoes, gear, hydration and protein powders, gels and anything else I need for the race makes it to the suitcase. Luckily this race is local so I am pretty much good to go.
Maintain good nutrition. Nutritionally, I am trying to keep eating well (the 21 Day fix nutrition plan helps a lot). I am not a huge cargo-loader since I know that I have what I like to call race stomach on race day. I am trying to eat balanced meals of both carbs and protein and my biggest meal will be lunch the day before the race. After that, it’s all easily digestible foods that will help keep my energy up or digest before the race starts.
Relax and enjoy the ride. Lastly, it’s important to remember that you have trained for this race and are ready. Just take a breath, relax and enjoy the experience. The most important thing is that you have trained for this race and that you enjoy your time on the course.
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