With race season just beginning, we thought it might be an opportune time to share some race preparation secrets with our favorite runners. Whether your gearing up for your first race or your 100th, a quick refresher in the basics is always helpful to ensure a stress-free race day. Here are some of our best suggestions to get you to the start line:
- Know the race course. Set your mind at ease by knowing the course you are running so that you can mentally prepare yourself for each hill, sharp turn or other challenge.
- Lay out your clothes and gear the night before the race. Take 5 minutes to lay out your clothing the night before, pin your race bib to your shirt, and prep your water bottles to eliminate scrounging around in the wee-hours of the morning.
- When it comes to food, stick to old faithful. Don’t aggravate the race morning butterflies in your belly. Be kind and give them a familiar meal, and they will be kind to you.
- Arrive to the race site early. Don’t jump start your heart rate by sprinting to the start line because you arrived just as the starting gun goes off.
- Relax and enjoy. If you’ve made it to the start line, you’ve done all you can do to prepare yourself for the race. Race morning isn’t the time to stress over what could have been. Take a deep breath and enjoy the journey.
These are some of the tips Women’s Running advocates to prepare for race day- what suggestions do you find most useful in getting to the starting line?