We’re just over a week out and I can’t believe how fast time has gone! I’m so not ready for this to be over, but SO ready to celebrate all of your accomplishments.
The crowds. The cheering. The happy tears. Race Weekend – I can’t wait!
As a mentor I have had the pleasure to watch so many incredible people giv’er this spring. It gives me chills to think about our first run – firstly because it was freezing – but also because that bunch of strangers who gaggled along on the run that day had no idea what they could do, and know they know.
Those self-doubt moments have turned into self-assuring hill-climbs and mileage milestones as we have watched ambassadors blow past what they thought they were capable of, and set sights on race day with excitement.
The training is the accomplishment. Race day is the celebration! Last year I posted this list of tips to help you prepare for race day. As we head into our LAST LONG RUN (omg!!) this week, I thought I would share it again:
1. Test out your race day outfit. Literally everything you plan on wearing. Pants, shirt, underwear, headphones, socks, bra, even your hair tie should be tested. There is NOTHING worse than having something bug or chafe you during a race. Pants falling down is probably the worst. You want focus on running and not wardrobe malfunctions. This is your week to test out your race day attire!
Also to add to that, figure out whether you will run with your phone / iPod / etc. and where you will store this on you, trial it as well.
2. Don’t eat anything weird between now and race day! Stay away from the stuff you know doesn’t agree with you. In the week leading into the race, up the healthy starchy carbs, like sweet potato, banana, quinoa, and eat lean meats like chicken and fish if you can. In the last 3 days before the race be extra cognizant of this & try to up the portion size a bit. Eat what you would normally eat before a run on the morning of the race. Aint nobody wants an emergency porto-potty stop during the race!
3. HYDRATE.Drink as much water as you can between now and race day. Try to reduce coffee and alcohol (…who am I kidding though really) because these dehydrate you. We can celebrate after the race!
4. Be cognizant of your bathroom habits starting today. Try to time your #2’s so you might be able to achieve a pre-race poo the morning of the race. You’re welcome.
5. Cut your toe nails, but not the night before the race. Long toe nails cause problems but also newly cut ones do too. I cut mine 2 days out. Getting real personal here.
6. Take it easy. This is called a “taper”. Leanne will likely touch on this. It might be hard to resist but just try to do little, easy runs 1-2 days of the week leading in and don’t lift any weights or do anything that could give you muscle soreness. Relax, take a bath, stretch. You’re not going to gain much more fitness by givin’er after this last training week, and you risk hurting yourself or being tired on race day.
7. Sleep! As much as you can. Race day jitters can be real – if you think you’re going to lose sleep, figure out ways set yourself up for sleepy success. You know yourself best. Get your Z’s!
8. MOST OF ALL: Take a sec to check in with yourself. Think about those freezing cold runs this winter/spring, and remember how far you have come. You’ve put in the work. You’ve ran when you didn’t feel like it. You pushed yourself until you made it up that pesky Citadel hill. You accomplished things you didn’t think you could, and enjoyed a few brunches along the way. Take it all in, listen to the spectators that see TEAM MYLES across your chest and cheer for you because they know what you’ve been through (you’re so hali-famous now!). Smile the whole way and enjoy every single step of this race!
I’m crying happy tears just thinking about race day. I honestly can’t wait to see all of your hard work come to fruition. Feels all round!