Thursday, May 4, 2017

Race Week Do's and Don'ts

It's race week! I can't even begin to wrap my brain around this. Hopefully you are relaxing and getting everything in order. There are a few basics that you need to know about any race week. Let me help you figure some things out!


- Drink all the water/nuun/gatorade. Especially if your race day might be a little warm. 

- Scope out parking for race day. If you are local take a drive to the suggested parking areas from the race. Get a feel for how long it will take you to get there even a plan in some road closures. Also, figure out your post race meeting points and where your support might be along the course.

- Plan your expo visit. You need to figure out if you're going to spend a lot of time at the expo or just get in and out and moving along with your weekend.

- Lay out your flat runner. This is not just for the Internet this is to make sure you have everything you possibly could need for race day. I use mine as a checklist so I know everything that I have will be there when I leave the house. 

After the picture everything goes it a pile for the next day!

- Take it easy. Even if you cut out or run from your usual schedule this week it will not hurt you. Your body might just want a little more rest. Go with it go with the flow don't stress out. You are ready I promise.


- Try anything new. I don't care if you've been running in the same exact shoe for six years. Do not wear a new pair shoes this week. You were stuck with the shoes that you've been training in if you've made it this far. This goes for food too. That can wait until after the race.

- Stay out late. I know the excitement that surrounds a race weekend. Your friends and family are in town and you just want to spend time with them. This isn't the time to do that. You need to focus on rest and getting yourself mentally ready for the race weekend. Everyone should understand.

- Panic. Please don't panic. You've put in the work. You know you can do this. This is your victory lap. You cannot be second-guessing yourself this is happening whether you like it or not. You are ready! You want to be calm and have a great night sleep.

- Forget to charge. Charge all of your gadgets! The worst thing ever is to wake up to a dead Garmin. Throw everything on the charger, even if it might not need it. 

If there is any last piece of advice I can give, it's truly enjoy the experience. Every race is different. Your first and 100th race will be different. Enjoy the company, respect the distance and above all make yourself proud. You've got this!

What is your big do and don't for race week?