It’s time for another Austin Sports Medicine 101 class! In our last two blogs, we talked about several ways to prepare yourself mentally and physically for your race the following day. Here’s the third and final set of tips:
9. Plan Breakfast – Make sure you have everything you need for breakfast. Don’t assume that you’ll be able to get certain foods at the race start – it’s better to be prepared and know you already have your food with you. Eat foods that you’ve previously tried before your long training runs.
10. Get Inspired – Watch a movie or read a book that you find inspiring.
11. Don’t Stress About Lack of Sleep – Don’t worry if you can’t sleep the night before your half or full marathon; many people don’t sleep well the night before. One sleepless night is very unlikely to hurt your performance. The excitement and adrenaline rush from race day will give you enough energy for your race.
12. Plan to Get Up Early – Set your alarm clock and double check it. Give yourself plenty of time to get ready, eat breakfast, and get to the race start early. If you’re staying in a hotel, request a wake-up call, just to be safe.