Tips for Rocking Your Next Race!


How the heck are you on this beautiful Friday?

I am fantastic and am ready to drop some knowledge on you.

You are welcome.

Since I am a Half Marathon pro…

I mean, I have run 11 of them…

So I am officially a professional now.

 I have gathered a LOT of useful tips and tricks to being successful in this 13.1 mile journey we call a Half Marathon.

And I want to share it with you!

You might already know some of these tricks…

But, maybe you will learn something new!

(Fingers crossed)

So here we goooooooo!!!!!

The Week of the Race:

1. Double check the race start time.

2. Study out the elevation chart and water stop/bathroom map for the race (if the website has one).

3. Check out the race day weather conditions and plan accordingly.

4. Taper (if you training plan calls for it).

5. Stretch and foam roll like a mother.

6. If you are really nervous about the race, it is okay to do 1 day of speedwork  to help calm your nerves… but give yourself enough time to recover.

7. Know where the Race Expo/Packet Pick-Up is and what time it starts/ends.


Two Days Before the Race

1. Start your hydration/carb loading plan now to make sure your Glycogen and water levels are topped off by Race Day.

2. Get a good nights sleep, because you probably won’t sleep very well the night before the race.

3. If you are traveling, wear compression socks on the plane/in the car to keep your legs feeling fresh.

4. Don’t be afraid to do a shakeout run today, but take it easy.

5. Stretch and foam roll like a mother.

6. Visualize the entire race- imagine yourself starting and finishing strong.

The Day Before the Race

1. Eat your high carb meal for lunch, not dinner. It is a common misconception to carb-load the night before your race.

2. Make sure your are hydrated!

3. Don’t overeat during dinner. You want to wake up feeling light- not weighed down.

4. Lay out your clothes, race bib (with safety pins), and the things you will need on Race Day (GU, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, earbuds, etc.) before you go to sleep.

5. Pack an “After the Race” bag with a change of clothes, flip flops, body wipes, deodorant, compression socks, a hat, and some water.

6. Map out the time it will take to get to the starting line in the morning.

7. Go to bed early! Most races start at the crack of dawn, so it is in your best interest to try an get some sleep (although you probably won’t).

 8. Stretch and foam roll like a mother (are you sensing a pattern here?).

9. If you can drive the course, DO IT! It will help you immensely during the run.

10. Keep the sight-seeing/walking to a minimum. You should be resting as much as possible today.

11. Bring your Driver’s License and your race registration to the Race Expo when you pick-up your packet.

The Morning of the Race

1. Have the exact same thing for breakfast that you have had during your training runs- don’t deviate.

2. Keep your coffee consumption to a 1-2 cup maximum.

3. Leave 30 minutes earlier for the race than you think you should- it’s better to be safe than sorry.

4. If you have spectators meeting your at the finish line- pre-plan a spot for them to meet you.

5. Make sure you eat enough beforehand. There is nothing worse than having your stomach growl during a race.

6. Relax! You have trained for this. You are going to do great!

Did I forget anything? Do you have any special tips or tricks to share? Did you learn anything new?



9 thoughts on “Tips for Rocking Your Next Race!

  1. fionajarrett says:

    Great post and really useful to have a checklist as I always worry about forgetting something! Also, if you don’t usually have coffee before a long run, really not a good idea to experiment on the morning of the race.


  2. Jane Likes to Run says:

    I think that you covered them all. Great list! I have to admit, I don’t really do anything special even 2 days before a race.


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