Wow! All the hard work is done and race day is just about here - but it’s not over yet. What you do in the week before race day is key to having a great
run. Here are my final tips for this year’s race!
In the Week Leading up to Race Day
Get your race day essentials sorted out early
Buy any gels, pre-race snacks, etc, that you plan to use before and during the run. Wash & dry your race clothes and pick up your race pack if you
Race pack collection times can be viewed here.
Get your race gear organised
Lay out your race gear and check that you have everything. Pin all 4 corners of your race bib number to the front of your race shirt. Then pack everything
else you need in your race bag. Remember to include your race day drinks and food, as well as something warm to wear afterwards.
Bank some extra sleep
It’s common not to have a good night’s sleep the night before race day. Try to ‘bank’ some sleep earlier in the week to make up for this.
Run, at least a bit
This helps to avoid feeling sluggish on race day. However everyone is different when it comes to how much is enough in the last week. Listen to your body,
stick to your program and do what feels right for you.
Don’t change your nutritional and hydration practices
Try to maintain your usual nutrition plan leading up to race day and stick with the pre-race nutrition that you have practised before your long runs. You
may want to pay a bit more attention to your hydration in the 1-2 days leading up to race day but don’t change it too much from what you would normally
do. Sticking with what your body already knows and is used to is the key!