Friday, January 20, 2012

Race Night Do's and Don'ts

This week's lesson: Sometimes things don't come together until the last minute.

Case in point: One of my teammates for tomorrow's Indoor Marathon Relay Race had to drop out early last week. The remaining members of Team Fatties were left scrambling to find a replacement who could run around our pace. It was either that, or have the remaining three of us each run an extra 2-3 miles - an idea none of us were very excited about.

Enter fellow fatty and run nerd Sara B. and her amazing Daily Mile connections. She hooked us up with her friend Brittani and early this week we were able to add a new team member. Brittani is faster than Anna, Tierney and I, and we're all really excited she is able to join Team Fatties.

Race Night Rules
Since that issue is taken care of, I'm now focusing on the actual race. While I'm by no means an expert, here are a few race night do's and don'ts that work for me:

Do eat a simple dinner with foods you already know work for your body.
Don't eat anything new, overly spicy, fried or extra cheesy.

A great pre-race dinner

Do drink plenty of water throughout the evening.
Don't drink alcohol, soda or caffeinated beverages.

Do pack your race bag, including race bib, gloves, Body Glide, etc.
Don't over pack.

Do take 5-10 minutes to think about your goals for the race.
Don't obsess and think about the race all evening.

Do go to bed early.
Don't worry if you can't fall asleep. As long as you've had enough sleep during the past few days, you'll be fine.

What are your do's and don'ts for the night before a race?

- ST

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