Five Tips for Race Day
In the excitement of the weeks leading up to the big day, it's easy to be so focused on training, that you forget to sort out the little things.
Aside from being both mentally and physically prepared, it’s important to make sure you have everything else organised too. From batteries and bananas to supporters and shoes – we don’t want anything to throw you off the morning of Race Day.
Here’s five top tips to make sure you’re ready to race and help you get over the finish line:
On the morning of the big day, it’s really easy to be a little anxious and excitable, which is why it’s so important to get your equipment ready the night before. By doing this, you can wake up feeling focused and know that you’re good to go.
If you take to social media the day before, you’ll see lots of photos from runners, all (stylishly) laying their equipment out on the floor. As well as leading to a great Insta post, this is also a great way to visually check you’ve got everything. We hope you won’t forget your clothes, but make sure you already pin your race number on your running vest, put your timing chip on your trainers (if you’ve got one), prepare all your race nutrition and have everything charged! You’ll have plenty of running around to do the following day, so let’s make life easier by being organised.
On race day, there will always be runners supporting brand new trainers, wearing freshly de-tagged clothes and eating & drinking brands they’ve never tried before. This can be a recipe for disaster. Never introduce anything new on race day! Try out those fresh trainers or exciting new drinks during your longer training sessions to figure out what works best for you.
It’s natural to get swept up in the adrenaline and atmosphere on the day and running alongside many other people can sometimes disrupt your flow. It’s easy to subconsciously start too quickly or increase in pace. Remember you’re only racing yourself, so stick with what you’re used to and don’t allow other runners to dictate your game plan. This is your race!
Having friends and family on the side-line is really important. Their whoops and cheers of encouragement will be a great boost in motivation, especially when you’re feeling the fatigue. Make sure you arrange with them beforehand where they will be, so you don’t miss them as you whizz past. It’s a good idea to get your name printed on the front of your running vest too. Having strangers call out your name really helps to get you around the course!
You’re ready for this! You’ve done the hard work, so enjoy the day. You’ve put in weeks and months of training and you’ve got it covered. Just relax…or try to! Remind yourself that you’re prepared, race your own race and think about how great you’ll feel when you step across that finish line and they place a well-deserved medal around your neck.