Imagine it’s race week, and you’re super pumped, nervous, and you are finally ready to put your efforts of practicing and training to the test. You are filled with all this pent-up energy and adrenaline from training and want to give your race its best shot. There is a huge turmoil, thought on what you need to do before you begin running. Some people say don’t do anything and simply warm up. Some say that runners should have a regular training day and while it can be confusing, it’s good to remember to avoid these simple things beforehand.
Experimenting New Edibles
Sticking to the general food products you have already experienced can help you in several ways, as your body might not be able to comprehend the new foods you ingested beforehand. So, staying with your regular food goals and habits two days before can fuel your body for your race. If you do want to try to mix up your food intake experimenting the food a couple of weeks before to see what happens to your health while practicing. Finding out on the middle of the field or track that your diet hasn’t set correctly and is making you sick can be embarrassing and rude to other folks witnessing the situation, also remember only to line your stomach with food as you don’t want any extra weight holding you back or making you sick.
Never wear New Wearables
Wearing brand new clothes and accessories can harm or affect your finishing results during a race. During your hours of training, it is generally advised that you assign your running gear and clothes, so you’re more comfortable and convenient in them the next morning. The best way to pick your outfits for races is to look for the types of clothing that are breathable, won’t chafe, perfect fit and won’t ride up during your run. Things like shoes are not that much of a concern for some runners, as they usually adapt to new and unused shoes. However, clothing is often not an option as you will want to be in appropriate and cozy circumstances.
Alcohol is Not Your Friend
Alcohol is known for its ability to quench your thirst and at the same make you severely dehydrated. If you have consumed alcohol, you will either lose your sense of direction and balance, pass out during the race or get disqualified for intoxication while running the race. Keep that in mind before you go out the night before a race. It is advised to keep drinking water throughout the night along with alcohol. Also, try to get excessive sleep as your chances of being hungover the next day are not slim.
Never Be Overconfident
Doing things like trying to overtake the runner in front of you just because they are ahead of you or because they look like they may win, is the perfect way to burn your energy out before you even try to finish the race. The key is to be patient and go with the flow until you reach somewhere close to the finish line. Closer to the finish is where you must give it your best. Trusting your training efforts can also help you in races. Keep your breathing in check and make sure you don’t let your head get ahead of you.