Where did the time go? It’s hard to believe that a few months ago, we were talking about registering for the AJC Peachtree Road Race lottery, and now the race is only two days away.
Which begs raises the question — what are you doing over the next couple of days to make sure you’re in prime racing condition? I’m not talking about training — if you haven’t been training, well, good luck to you. Maybe it’ll be a 4th of July miracle and you’ll actually cross the finish line intact.
No, I’m talking about the things you do in two or three days leading up to the race to ensure success in crossing the finish line.
There are various schools of thought on what to do before a race, but most people agree on things not to do, many of them regarding what you eat and drink. For instance, contrary to popular belief, it’s actually not a good idea to consume a truckload of pasta the night before a run. Instead, eat moderate amounts of carbohydrates in the days leading up to the run.
Also, don’t go crazy on the water the night before. Drink what you would normally drink to stay hydrated. The morning of the race, drink 16 oz. of water about three hours before the race, and then one or two cups right before the race starts.
The thing most everyone agrees on — don’t try to get all fancy and switch things up in the couple of days before the race. If you don’t normally drink coffee, don’t do it the morning of the race. If you normally eat a piece of chocolate cake the night before a run, well, maybe you should re-think your eating habits, but in the spirit of keeping things the same, eat a piece the night before.
As for running the day before the race — it all depends on what works for you. Some runners swear by it, but others say they feel refreshed for race day if they didn’t run the night before.
What are your go-to meals for the night before a race? Any other pre-race day or race day tips for newbies or other runners?