Saturday, October 15, 2011

The Day Before a Big Race

In honor of my walking the Columbus Marathon Half tomorrow, this blog post will feature hints for what to do the day before a big race.
  1. Get plenty of rest. If you are like me, you will not sleep well the night before the race. Because of that, I went to bed early last night and I feel pretty good!
  2. Try not to be on your feet too much. After picking up your bib at the expo, find a place to sit down.
  3. Don't eat anything unusual today. It is so tempting when you are traveling to try foods you've never had before. Save that for after the race.
  4. Check the most up-to-date weather for tomorrow. By today, the forecast should be fairly accurate.
  5. Plan what you will wear and make sure it is ready. Is your favorite shirt clean? Do you have your socks selected? Will you take a "throwaway" shirt? If it is raining, will you take a garbage bag? (Remember, don't wear anything new and untested.)
  6. Put your race number on your shirt or racing belt. If you have a timing chip, put it on your shoe.
  7. Plan what you will eat in the morning. I eat a peanut butter sandwich on whole wheat bread before every race. I will make the sandwich tonight.
  8. Do you carry gels or an MP3 player? Pack your Spibelt with your necessities.
  9. Finally, go to bed at a reasonable time.
Races in my home town feel different from races that require travel. I like being in a hotel right across the street from the start line. I also like having planned what I'm going to wear a couple of days in advance.

At the same time, I sleep better in my own bed and I like being able to change my mind regarding clothes if necessary. (I took the totally wrong clothes to the Big Sur Marathon and I froze!)

Regardless, there is always a lot of excitement before a big race and the morning will go much smoother if you plan early.

Good luck to everyone doing a fall race!

(If I left anything out, please let me know!)


Laurie said...

That sounds about right to me too! All things I did today! We'll have to meet sometime!

Cindi said...
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Cindi said...

Hey Laurie,

Isn't it funny that we nearly met Sunday morning? You should come out to walk with the Buckeye Striders some Saturday morning. We have several members who are your pace. Trying to keep up with you might help my speed, too.