If you’re getting ready to run your first long distance race, there are a few things you should know. Maybe you’re a pro and already prepped, but for my first half marathon, I hadn’t run a registered 5K, 10K or 15K in over five years! True story.
So if you’re a newbie like we all once were once, it’s helpful to have a friend or seasoned veteran (can I consider myself that now? How cool!) give you some insider tips on making it the best run you can. Here is my pre-race checklist:
1. Don’t do any strenuous workouts two to three days prior to the race.
Let your body rest. The hard work is already done!
2. Carb load the night before.
This is the BEST part of the run! Live it up the night before, you earned it. My friends and I love to find a good Italian restaurant and go for chicken parm with spaghetti. Protein and carbs for days!
3. Get sleep.
Sometimes it’s hard to sleep the night before a race, but try to turn in early—at the very least, turn the phone off and read a book or magazine.
4. Don’t rush in the AM
Be sure to get up a little early and leave enough time to prep for the race.
5. Lay out your clothes.
By now you will know what you love to run in, so have your outfit ready to go so you’re not scrambling with one-eye open in the am.
6. Have your morning coffee!
You want to “clean out your system” before you hit the race—trust me!