Tomorrow is the big day! I can’t wait! There are many different philosophies and theories to what you should or shouldn’t do before a race. Should I carb up? Should I not workout? I have to drink a gallon of water! Do I skip breakfast?
The simplest answer is that everyone is different. You will have to discover your pre-race ritual by trial and error. Things will vary depending on the season, course, and more. I don’t claim to be an expert on the topic, but based on my experience these are my tips.
- Workout before the race, but nothing overly intense.
- Don’t over do the carbs.
- Drink plenty of water throughout the day and only about 2-3 cups before the race.
- Get a good night sleep.
- Eat a light breakfast.
- Get your race packet as soon as possible. (Something I need to get better at)
- Relax. You already won the race because you got off the couch. I don’t run races for the time or acknowledgement. I run the race for fun and my personal happiness.