Hello divas! I hope that your week is going well. Mine has been pretty good so far though yesterday’s weather was a bit of a bummer. I am super excited about this weekend, though. It is take 2 of my first half marathon of the season since the Hilton Head Half did not happen thanks to stomach issues. I will be running the inaugural Chattanooga Half Marathon in my hometown (the hubby is tackling the full version) so I am stoked to say the least. So with that in mind, I thought that today would be a great time to share some of my race week tips to get you ready for your next race no matter what distance you are up for.
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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Do you have any race week rituals? What do you do to make sure you enjoy and are prepared to race?
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