Friday, April 13, 2007

Passionate Runner: Race Day - Final Prep

One in a series of podcasts on running, this one focusing on some things to consider the last couple of days before the big race.

Time: 5 minutes, 15 seconds

Here are the notes used to create this podcast:

You've picked your race
You've picked your plan to train for the race
You've executed against this plan, now it is a couple of days before the race

Have you checked out the course?
Read what other runners may have said.
Reviewed the map, driven the course... any number of ways to prepare

Worse case on race day, check with some of the runners warming upsee if they ran the course before and what they have to say about it

The Race day check list

  • shoes
  • shorts
  • shirt
  • number
  • whatever you need

if you are traveling to the race, make a list for the trip

make a race day checklist

coordinate logistics with those also coming to the race with you

where are you going to meet after the race?

what is a back up plan in case the weather or something else interrupts this rendezvous

as part of your rest, the night before the night before is the most important day for sleep

not that you should party all week and then make it all up on what night

stay as normal as possible, go to bed earlier on the night before the night before

human nature being what it is, you will be nervous before the race

if you have traveled, you're not in your own bed, whether in a hotel or with a friend

you may not get a good night's sleep. hence, the importance of the night before the night before

if that is a good one, you should be okay for race day

finally, run negative splits.

start slowly, let the crowd work its way out to get some running room.

don't go crazy weaving around this one or that one, especially early on

you'll need that energy later

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