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________________Race Day Tips______
Day before the Race
Rest, at most walk to stretch the legs
Hydrate well throughout the day
Go to bed early
Set out all your clothes & gear
Eat a high carb meals, do not try anything new
Pack bag with dry clothes for after the race
Visualize the event and you doing well, smiling!
Do not berate yourself.
Remind self over and over it is ok to walk
Accept nervousness, this is a natural part of racing
Make sure you know your location, parking should be figured out
Find out how many water stops
Day of the Race
Set alarm to wake up with plenty of time, no rushing
Eat breakfast 2 hours prior to start, nothing new (for our purposes, eat whatever you have had before Saturday runs. If it has been nothing, don't change that now!)
Hydrate well, @ 16oz. 1 hr. prior to start, not all at once, taper
Arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the start
Do not try anything new this day!
Warm-up should consist of 5-10 minutes of walking
Make sure to stand in line for the bathrooms early, even if you do not have to go
Line up at the correct place
Do not go out too fast
Positive mindset always!
Enjoy the exhilaration & rewards
During the Race
Make sure to stop at all water stops
Grab the water and walk past the tables, get over to the side to drink so you are
out of the way
To adequately get fluid in you need to stop and walk and drink, pinch the top of
If you need to walk at any point, move over the side to walk, do not stop abruptly
Keep moving when cross the finish line
You WILL get cut off. Deal with it. This is common in big races.
Do not hotdog it to the finish line. If you have that much left you did not run a
smart race. Finish strong and relaxed.
After the Race
Make sure to walk around, do not stop until your heart rate has returned to
Remember to have your chip cut off your shoelaces
Refuel with water, Gatorade, and good sources of carbs & protein
Once feeling good, sit down for a good, relaxed stretch before you head home
Take the next day off from running, cross training (swim, bike) would be ok.
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