Whether it is your first Parkrun or your first half marathon, preparation is your key to success.
Every time you go out on a training run, check the temperature. Once you have warmed up and are running along, notice how many layers you remove or add and see what feels most comfortable for you. Then on race day, when you check the temperature, you know what clothes will work best for you, meaning you don’t run the risk of too many layers, or cold hands!
Another key focus is your food and drink. Everyone is different, so notice what works best for you in terms of how long to leave between eating and running, and if any particular food causes you problems. If you are preparing for a long race (90 minutes or more), then you might want to consider trying out different gels and drinks during your training runs.
Two nights before:
Aim to get a good night’s sleep. The night directly before a race you might be too excited to sleep properly! However, by getting a good sleep in two nights previously, your body (and race day adrenaline) will be able to cope with a poor night’s sleep.
The night before:
Don’t try anything new! Wear the clothes and trainers that you have worn before and know are comfortable. Don’t be tempted to try the latest ‘super food’ that you have just seen tweeted about. Stick to the food that you know works for you. Double check the weather forecast and grab your pre-prepared bag. Now, go out, embrace the race day nerves and enjoy your race experience!
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