Day-Before-Race Preparations, Part Two

It’s time for another Austin Sports Medicine 101 class! Last blog, we discussed a few pointers for getting yourself ready for a big race – the day BEFORE your race. Here are some additional tips:

5. Go For a Short Run, If You Need It – You’re not going to lose any fitness by resting the day before your half or full marathon. But if you typically get pre-race anxiety, or you feel like you need to stay loose, it might be beneficial to do a slow, 20-minute run the day before. If you do run, keep your thoughts positive and keep telling yourself that you’re ready for your race. Whatever you do, make sure that you don’t do a significant workout that’s going to leave you feeling tired or sore the next day.

6. Make Sure Your Toenails are Trimmed – Check your toenails and clip any that are too long. Keeping your toenails neat and short will prevent them from hitting the front of your shoes, which can lead to bloody or black toenails.

7. Get Your Clothing and Gear Ready – Lay out all your clothing and gear for the race the night before. Essential items include:

  • Race bib (number) and safety pins
  • Race timing chip (if it’s not part of your race bib)
  • Running outfit, hat, shoes and socks
  • Wristwatch
  • Your race fuels, such as energy gels
  • A product to prevent chafing, such as petroleum jelly or Body Glide
  • Sunscreen

8. Stay Relaxed – Use visualization techniques while you’re relaxing during the day. Envision yourself on the course. Think positively about all the work you’ve put into your training.

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