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5 Key Things to Remember for Race Day

By LSE Health and ... - Posted on 09 April 2018

You've prepared for the big day for months and now... it's finally here!
On the couple days before the big race, you may be wondering; Should I carbo-load? What should I eat before the race? Do I need to drink more?
There's excitment in the air and you just want to make sure you don't forget anything important-- we got you covered.
Here are the top 5 things you simply don't want to forget for race day:
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.
Do increase your water in the day or two before the race-- most people don't drink enough water. Sip your water consistently over the course of the day and try not to guzzle it. You want to make sure you can absorb your water in-take properly.
Eat complex carbohydrates the day before.
Eat whole wheat pasta and other whole grains like oatmeal and barley. Think easily digestible, high-energy foods that will keep you fueled throughout the race. You don't need to over do it, eat your nomal portion size. Try to avoid heavy foods that might leave you feeling weighed down or tired, such as high fat and sugar foods or desserts that are fried or prepared with a lot of cream.
Have your gear ready to go.
Know what you are wearing on race day and have it ready to go. Make sure it's something you have run in before and you feel good wearing it over the course of your run. You don't want to be stuck wearing something that is uncomfortable on race day. Absolutely have your lucky shorts clean and ready so that you're not up late doing laundry the night before.
Sleep the amount that makes you feel great.
We all have different sleep needs! The standard recommendation is 7-8 hours but you know what works best for you at this point in your training regimen, so alot for your sleep time accordingly. Avoid staying out late pre-partying the night before, save the celebration for after your race and you will be glad you prepared properly!
Do a test run.
If possible do a test run of the race or at least look at the course. This could seem like too much but knowing where you are going to park, what the course looks like (most races will let you know ahead of time) and getting a feel for the territory before hand will make you feel super confident. Confidence will put your nerves at ease and help you feel successful before you arrive at the starting line.
Good luck on your race and remember to have fun!
What are some other ideas that help you feel ready for the big 5k, 10k or more race? Comment and let us know!


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