Get Ready for your Best Half Marathon Race Day!
You’ve run your longest runs. Your legs are ready to tackle the half marathon. It’s your first one and the longest race you’ve ever run. The day before you head to the expo to pick up your race bib and check out the latest running gear. The buzz and excitement coming from the other runners makes you excited but also starts a little nervous buzz of adrenaline. Before you head to bed be sure that you are well fueled and hydrated, a small snack of protein and carbohydrates before bed should do the trick. You won’t sleep well and that’s ok because the few nights leading up to race weekend you were responsible and went to bed early and slept like gold. Tossing and turning is ok as you will want to wake up early anyways and you will get some sleep.
In addition to taking care of these night before the Half Marathon must-do’s you should also be sure to lay out your race day clothes the night before and if you are an instagram addict then you will want to take and post your Flat-Runner picture. Laying out your clothes ahead of time will ensure that you are not doing the crazy scramble the morning of the race. This is also a great time to prep your race day fuel and any post-race clothing that you may need.
Now you are ready for race day! Your alarm went off with plenty of time to eat a light breakfast before heading to the race venue. Then you will be ready to rock and roll!
The best tips for half marathon race day
- You have done the work! The miles are in the bank! Now trust your training and you will rock your race!
- Eat your breakfast about 2 hours before the race so you have time to digest. You will have practiced nutrition prior to the race so you will know what to eat. You will want some easily digestible carbs. Think bland food and some water and electrolytes to hydrate. Half hour prior to the race is a good time to snack on part of a banana and a GU or some type of energy chew ( I like Skratch Labs)
- Stick to your race plan and your race goals. It is easy to get caught up in the energy before the race starts or to get “tricked” into racing a pace that wasn’t a part of your plan. I like to find somewhere quiet to sit to do a little pre-race visualization!
- Visit the port-pottys leaving yourself plenty of time if lines are long. You will want to be comfortable once the race gets going.
- If it is a colder day, wait until the last moment to shed your layers or bring a throwaway layer and throwaway gloves if you are worried about being chilled!
- Warm-up! This should include some dynamic stretching. Head on over to Fuel your Future with Tina Muir (elite runner) to learn more about how to do a proper dynamic warm-up.
- Get to the starting line in time to find your pace group (if the race is big enough to have one). You don’t want to start with a group that is either too slow or too fast as this can really kick the nerves into high gear!
- This is a long distance race which means the first couple of miles are a great time to find your pace and to settle in.
- Run this half marathon like you own it! If you stick to your plan you will feel like you can push the pace for the final miles!
- Finish 13.1 Miles with a smile and celebrate your half marathon finish! You did it!
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Now you are ready!!! What are some of your best tips for race day or running a half marathon race?