The inaugural Zooma half marathon is less than 48 hours away! Want to know how you can prepare for the best race day experience possible?
First of all, have you picked up your race packet? If not, make sure you do that today or tomorrow. There is no packet pick-up on Saturday.
Next, check the weather forecast — it’s going to be a scorcher– and plan what you are going to wear for the race. Make sure you have worn it all before– no need to invite first-wear chafing to your big race– and are comfortable in it. Then pin your bib number to your shorts or shirt. After choosing which pair of shoes will give you the fleetest of feet, tie the timing chip to your shoe as directed in your packet.
Then think about what you like to eat and drink during the race. Whatever your chosen flavor of goo, gel, bar, or nugget, make sure you have tried it in a training run and then pack it with you for the race. If you have a certain flavor of energy drink that you love, take it with you. The extra weight of carrying it is worth having something that makes you feel comfortable and confident that your body is going to respond positively.
Pack a post-race bag: this bag will be dropped near the start line and be accessible to you after the race. It should, therefore, have things like a full change of clothes (don’t forget dry undies, whatever type of bra you prefer, and clean socks!) and a small toiletry kit with facial wipes, deodorant, hairbrush, and feminine hygeine products if necessary. You can also pack things like a hat and sunglasses if you didn’t wear them during the race. If you have a favorite post-race snack, pack it with you. Although there will undoubtedly be food at the finish, you’ll be glad you have something you know you like.
You should also be giving plenty of attention to what you eat today and tomorrow. Don’t try anything new, especially if it’s spicy. By eating as cleanly as possible today and tomorrow, you’re doing your body the favor of spending less time processing food and more time keeping muscles healthy. Also, drink plenty of water starting today to make sure your body is well hydrated.
Most importantly, rest. There are no more workouts that will help with race day. Maximize your energy stores by staying off of your feet as much as possible. I also suggest going to go to bed early, not just tomorrow night before the race but tonight as well. Tonight’s sleep is key for fresh muscles Saturday morning, especially because of race logistics that dictate being on-site so early.
See you at the starting line!