Well, this is it. It’s time for that big run you’ve been preparing for. Don’t panic! You’ve trained. Your body is ready. Here are some last minute tips to prepare your mind.
Photo by Kristian Thøgersen.
Hopefully you got in a progression run last week, and reassured yourself that you can run fast, and you kind of like it. Today, it’s fine to take the day off if you’re planning on doing your run this weekend, but if you’d like to go for a run, pick your favourite trail or scenic road — whatever makes you happy.
Don’t run hard today; you don’t want to be sore or tired for your big run. Do take a minute to plan out what you’ll do on race day, whether you’re competing in an organised race or just challenging yourself on your neighbourhood streets. What will you wear? What time will you leave? What will you eat for breakfast?
You’ve already figured out your best gear, so use that knowledge. We have some ideas for race day breakfasts: If you don’t have a go-to, try a banana with or without a side of peanut butter toast. Go through our checklists for race day prep, and finalise your plans.
Plan to get to the race early enough that you can jog a nice slow kilometre as a warmup — or at least take a brisk walk. A warmup literally keeps you warm, but it also makes the start of the race feel easier.
Whatever happens on race day, make sure to have fun!
This post is part of the Lifehacker Fitness Challenge, a series of mini challenges to spark (or reignite) your love of running.