Now that the fall racing season is upon us, many runners are worried about doing everything necessary in order to make sure that we’re ready for the start line. Aside from putting forth your best effort with your training, what else can you do to be ready on race day and reduce pre-race stress?
The Day Prior to the Race:
- If the race has a pre-race packet pickup option, such as at an expo, take advantage of this. This will be one less line you have to wait in on race day.
- Drink plenty of water throughout the day. You want to be well hydrated for the big race.
- Try to stay off your feet as much as possible.
- Check the weather forecast and plan your race day outfit accordingly.
- Lay out your race clothes, as well as any running gear you might need for the race (including but not limited to socks, body glide, hair tie(s), headband(s), sunglasses, hydration belt or handheld water bottle, gels and/or chews, and watch).
- Make sure that any electronics that you need on race day are charged (GPS watch, iPod, camera, etc).
- Pack your gear check bag, if you plan to check one.
- Eat a dinner that you’ve previously had. The last thing you want is an upset stomach the night before a big race.
- Go to bed early.
On Race Day:
- Eat a pre-run breakfast that you’ve tested out previously. Race day is not the time to test out new foods.
- Put your bib and/or racing chip on before you leave. The last thing you want to do is leave these behind!
- Leave with plenty of time to make it to the race without being stressed. Be sure to leave enough time to check your gear bag and to use the bathroom, and plan for there to be lines. There are always lines, especially for the porta potties.
Following these 12 tips should make race day a bit less stressful, and allow you to focus on running your best possible race!
QOTD: What tips do you have for runners to ensure that they’re race day ready?