Councils Every Runner Should Do Before A Race
Shout with us: Go to the bathroom before the race starts!
You are a runner and you know how hard is training every day. You have logged the miles and put in the work and you could prove it with your toenails, calluses, and chafe scars. Today is the race day. Here is what you have to do —and what not— to ensure you make it to your start and finish lines sweating and with a big smile. Here you have some councils before start running.
Councils Before Start Running
Lay all your stuff out the night before
The last thing you want to have to do the morning of the race is scrambling looking for a clean pair of socks or the trusty hand-held water can. Prepare everything the night before, from the headphones and hair elastics to your running shoes, shorts, and socks. Make sure all your electronics are fully charged (don’t let that smartwatch with GPS give out trying to find a satellite at the start line) and everything down to your pre-race breakfast is prepared. Make your list. Check all twice and then check it a third time.
Wake up early
Wake up extra early. Give yourself time to get ready in a relaxed state so you’re not rushing to make it to the race on time. Allow for ample bathroom time, plan for traffic if you’re driving to the race, and then plan for even more bathroom time.
Do Not Forget Going to the bathroom
Go as many times as you need, and then try to go once more. It is better to go at your home so you can avoid the potentially long porta-potty lines at the race. Remember, those lines do not move very fast, so plan your wakeup and arrival times accordingly. You will not want to have to pull to the side of the course and make an emergency bathroom stop during the race, so get it all out beforehand.
Blast some pump-up jams while you get ready
Set the mood that will get your head in the right place for the race. Get your mind amped, be meditative or do whatever that works for you. Practice some visualization technique, see yourself crossing the finish line first and feel victorious.
Keep to your habitual pre-run plan
“Nothing new on race day”, maybe you have heard this sentence. The race day is not the right time to swing by that new breakfast café on the way to the race and it is not time to start drinking coffee if you have never been a coffee drinker. Do not opt for new breakfast foods and do not experiment with fancy sports drinks. Not today. Keep to what was tried and you know is true throughout your training days.
Pin your bib to your shirt
The bib has to go on the front of your shirt or shorts, where it is fully visible. That is how people will be able to identify you in the post-race photografies.
Know how to arrive to the start line
If you have ti drive to the race, you need multiple routes on hand in case of traffic problems. Knowing what are the best parking options is crucial. If someone drops you off, look into where they can drop you off that is closest to the start line. Then, if you need to check a bag at the race, be sure you know where bag check is and how long it will take to walk from there to the start. You do not want to be late and you do not want to be rushed. Make everything the easiest possible on yourself by being hyper-prepared.
Double-knot your shoes
This is a very important point. Do not too loose, do not too tight and knotted like a pro.
Go to the bathroom again
Trust us. Try it, even though you think do not need to go to the bathroom, go.
Line up in the proper corral
If you are at a big race, your bib number might determine where you have to start. If not, try to gauge the people around you and do not be afraid to ask someone if you are in the right place. The fastest runners should start at the front and slower runners, or walkers, should start at the back of the pack. It is very important for you and your fellow racers to line up appropriately. If you line up too close to the start, you have the risk of getting trampled. If you are too far back, you will spend the first miles weaving around people slower than you.
Respect Any National Anthem
Most races play rendition of the National Anthem before starting the race. Sometimes you will be treated to a live singer and other times you will get a prerecorded, barely audible version. Whatever the variation, be polite. If you are blasting music on your headphones, pause it. If you are wearing a hat, take it off. If you are mid-Snapchat, save the Snap until the post-race.
Keep to your pace plan
This is your reason. There is someone next to you sprinting off the start line? You will catch him later on. Run your race, keep to your race plan. Maybe, you need a plan for the next race. Take in consideration contracting a running coach.
You got this.
We are sure these councils before start running wwill be very useful for beginners and for all runners in general.
Do you have any councils before start running to share with us, please leave a comment.