Last minute tips

I thought I’d use my last blog post before the HHR to wish everyone a great race and pass along a few thoughts on pre-race day prep.

For some of you, this is all going to be Mr. Obvious stuff. It wasn’t to me as little as 3 years ago though, so here’s my personal pre-race prep.

Starting the Friday morning before a Saturday morning race, I shift over to a low residue diet aka low fiber diet. If I’m not making myself clear, there’s always Google. As with any of this stuff, if you haven’t tried something new before race day, don’t. Try it in training first. I have a marathon ritual that’s more extreme than my half-marathon prep. For the half, I’ll emphasize carbs in the last 24 hours, but I’ve never experienced a glycogen depletion wall under 20 miles. I figure if my glycogen stores are near normal, I’ll be fine.

If you’re like me and you’ve ever forgotten to charge your Garmin etc. before a long run, maybe a checklist is a good idea. I’m not exactly a morning person so I lay out all my gear the night before. No new gear! You don’t want to discover that your new shirt feels like sandpaper at mile 8. Try to get a good night’s sleep.

On race morning, I get up a couple of hours before the race and have my usual double espresso along with some sports drink to get hydrated and top off the glycogen stores. The last thing I want to do is find myself in a porta-potty 5 minutes before the race starts (or worse…) I follow the advice of getting any eating (not me, liquids only) and carb-intake out of the way at least an hour before the race starts.

Pump yourself up with some music in the car! Arrive early enough that you don’t stress out about parking, that last-minute bathroom stop, and getting to your corral on time. I like to do a little active stretching in the corral just before the national anthem – squats, lunges if there’s room.

Have fun out there!

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