Can you believe we are less than a week away from Race Day?
Are you excited? I sure am!! And little nervous too!
It's going to be my 36th half marathon, and I am still nervous. So, I thought I might share some race day tips prepared for race day.
1. RELAX and FOCUS
Before you start the race - no matter your pace - take some deep breaths. Focus on your breathing. If you start to feel nervousness build while running, think about your rhythm. Or sing along to whatever is on your iPod. It will help calm you down. Channel your nervous energy for good. I find that being nervous can be a good thing. Remember: You are fabulous.Stay strong, stay focussed and get 'er done! I find I often compare myself to other runners. And in a negative way. Negative self-talk leads to anxiety. When I get anxious, I like to practice positive affirmation. I HAVE. I CAN. I WILL. I AM READY! High-5, ladies. Let's do this!! You have no control over anybody else out there. Run your best race -- pay attention to yourself. Don't say, "OMG what have I done?" Tell yourself: "Hooray! I’m excited to be here. I can’t wait to start!"
2. HAVE FUN
Are you meeting friends? Great! If you are going solo, smile and within no time others will be chatting along with you. The atmosphere out here is awesome. Come early, walk around the expo, there are a lot of runners out here who feel just like you. You will no doubt have a lot of fun, checking out the merchandise, cheering other runners on and laughing with your new and old pals.
3. ROCK YOUR RUN
If you run with music, make sure you have some music that makes you wanna MOVE. There are always tracks that motivate. Load up that iPod with all your favourite tracks that keep you moving and put pep in your step! And yes...dance on the route if you want to! Or sing out loud. I have.
Rewarding yourself is important. Whether its with purchasing a little something at the expo, or going for a drink or lunch afterwards, it is important to celebrate your achievement. Pat yourself on the back for a job well done and treat yourself!
5. PUSH ON
When you want to stop, keep moving. Remember, even walking is moving. It's all good. If your mind starts to say, "I can't", tell yourself you CAN. Push on and you will get over that hump. Repeat, if necessary, until you hit the finish! There are so many runners and walkers and cheer squads out there, so you know there they can raise your spirits and give you inspiration out there if you need that too.
The number one thing I tell myself before every race is: You Got This. Your pre-race routine should include nutrition (eat a nice healthy meal - nothing out of the ordinary) the night before race day. Remember that a warm-up (whatever works for you), positive self-talk, some deep breaths and pre-race port-a-potty visits are important. Get there early and soak up the amazing atmosphere. And the bathroom line-ups are shorter then too. (haha).
See you out there this weekend! I can't wait!