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:
If you look on social media the day before a race, you will see a huge number of photos of people laying all their equipment on the floor. Not only does it lead to a great Instagram picture, but it’s a great way to visually check you’ve got everything.
You won’t forget your clothes but make sure you have already pinned your race number on your top, put a timing chip on your footwear (if applicable), have all your race nutrition ready, bags packed, and everything charged (phone, GPS watch, wireless headphones, etc). You don’t want to be rushing around in the morning, so get it done the day before!
On race day, there will always be participants supporting brand new gear, 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! Practice everything 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, cycling or trekking 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 race course 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 fly by. For vents where you can’t see them, or meet them, then it’s really worth getting them to write you notes, record you messages, or personalise your clothing/equipment. Small boosts in motivation is super important when things get tough!
You’ve done the hard work, now enjoy the day. Weeks & months of training are done, so just relax (easier said than done, I know). Trust your preparations, race your own race, and visualise how good you’ll feel when you cross the finish line and they place a medal around your neck.