Hi Friends! Hope you’re having a lovely Saturday 😉 What are your weekend plans?
Tomorrow I’m doing the Rock n Roll half marathon in Phoenix http://runrocknroll.competitor.com/arizonahttp://runrocknroll.competitor.com/arizona. I’m spending time today resting & prepping for it. Even though I’ve done several of these, it always feels like the first time. Nerves! Yes, I get nervous. It’s actually normal & it won’t stop until I cross the start tomorrow. I usually don’t sleep much the night before either. Good thing I have a checklist to help me remember everything.
- Layout race clothes
- Pin race bib to shirt
- Hook tracker to running shoe (for race timing)
- Groom nails – I know, weird but very important!
- Make a new playlist
- Charge Garmin & Ipod
- Plan for parking & check road closures
- Check weather
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
- Set alarm
Week before the race
The week before the race I workout like I normally do, but with less intensity. I do limit my walks & runs to 1 or 2 though as I want to give them a break before the big day. I watch my food carefully. I drink a ton of water with lemon & eat whole, fiber-rich foods, fresh fruits & veggies. I also try to minimize sodium in my diet.
Day before the race
I do a light workout. I workout everyday so not working out would cause mean sleepy muscles i.e. tense muscles race day = no bueno. Some light elliptical or biking pre-race day helps keep my muscles flexible & agile. As for food, I eat the way I always do. I DO NOT carb load pre race day. Too many carbs make me bloated & lethargic and would slow me down race day. If I were doing a full marathon, I would eat more carbs. For half marathons, I eat a well-balanced dinner of protein, carbs & fat. Tonight’s dinner is going to be grilled salmon, brown rice & asparagus. Sleep is important too. I will be in bed early tonight.
My best advice to anyone doing a race is to NOT make changes to their diet or exercise right before a race. It’s not the time to load up on carbs if you’re not used to eating them. And it’s not the time to try new fitness because you may risk getting hurt. I’m not a physician. These are my opinions based on my experience. Check with your doctor if you’re not sure what’s right for you.
Are you thinking about doing a race & not sure where to start? Couch to 5k is actually very popular & gives you a plan to get started.
Did you know you can donate your old running shoes? This is something I learned recently & wish I had known a long time ago. I have thrown out tons of running shoes (every 2 months or so). I hate being wasteful especially if it could improve someone else’s life. In Phoenix, Sole Sports Running collects old shoes & you get a discount on your next purchase too! http://www.solesportsrunning.com/content/donate-your-shoes-10.html
These organizations also collect running shoes. http://www.runnersworld.com/running-shoes/runners-world-shoe-donation
Not sure what’s available in your area? Check this location map to find one near you. http://www.recycledrunners.com/drop-off-locations-map/
Question – what do you do to calm your nerves?
Talk to you tomorrow after the race!