We’re just 5 days away from the 2022 Eugene Marathon and Half-Marathon.
Here are some useful tips to use in the week before any race to help prepare you for your best race day. To those new to racing, it's a learning experience and this can help speed that process up. To the experienced racer, some of these may be routine for you- but you're still likely to find 1-2 tips useful.
Race/Course knowledge and logistics:
-parking (consider road closures before and after finishing)
-time of packet pick up, expo, race start
-course profile: elevation changes, running surface changes, water/aid/bathroom station placement
-knowing your outfit/gear (having tested it in similar conditions previously). Backup plan for last minute weather changes
-the same breakfast (and a day or two of eating pre-race) that’s worked for you
-knowing your pace, hydration, and fueling strategies
-having race goals (sometimes A/B/C time goals, sometimes effort or execution based goals)
-mental imagery: go through the course (having run the course, if local, is hugely helpful)
-try to imagine where you’ll be feeling highs and lows, and how you’ll respond to each.
-minimize brain chatter: the less debating you do in your head, the more mental battery you have to push yourself (this is why you plan your race strategy ahead of time)
-mileage taper (see previous Instagram and blog post)
-using that extra energy to perform rehab and exercises to mend last minute soreness and physical taper tantrums
-don’t over-taper or over-rest either. Your body is used to it’s routine, keep frequency of running (and even strength training) but dial down the overall amount (miles, weight, reps/sets) so you don’t feel stiff or stale
-really dialing in hydration and nutrition, definitely avoid any foods you're allergic to reactive to (probably good advice 24/7) and also try to avoid foods that take extra work to digest (red meats, dairy, spicy foods).
-extra sleep? Yea- do that if able!
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