Running in a race is an exciting experience. It can generate a certain amount of adrenaline that, when kept under control, can benefit your energy level. Here are our top 10 tips from the running experts at ASICS to help manage the panic and excitement so you can do your best.
1. Get There Early
Be informed about the race – know where it starts and finishes and give yourself at least an hour to warm up and get comfortable with the surroundings.
2. Eat No Later Than an Hour Before the Start
You can't run without fuel but eating too close to starting time will only cause cramps. Not sure what to have for your pre-race meal?
See our tips on what to eat before a marathon race.
3. Have a Hydration Plan for Long Distance Races
For races with distances of 10km or over, it’s important to stay hydrated as you run. Decide if you prefer to run with a bottle or take drinks at the water stations ahead of time and incorporate that method into your training so you’re ready for race day.
4. Decide Your Race Strategy
It is impossible to know how any race will go but that doesn't mean you don't need a plan. If you’re a beginner, try pacing yourself at the start – passing those over-enthusiastic people in the second half will make you feel much better!
5. Dress for the Climate
Check out the weather forecast for the day and dress appropriately. Wear your tried and trusted gear - not something new. Need to add to your training gear?
Shop ASICS running clothes well before race day to break them in.
6. Find Energy in the Pack
When you're feeling tired it helps to use the pace of other runners around you to keep going. Another useful tactic is to pick out someone not too far ahead of you and try to catch them.
7. Divide the Course
In a longer race, it can be useful to mentally divide up the course in manageable sections. This also works by running to points within view like lamp posts or street corners.
Try to do a mental check-over every now and then during the race. Make an effort to relax your hands and shoulders and your breathing.
Curious to learn how the pros keep their composure?
Read more about how athletes mentally prepare for competition.
9. Bring Support
Run the race with a buddy or try to have some friends or family support you. It can really give you a boost when you're tiring.
10. Enjoy It!
No matter if this is race 1 or 101, remember to enjoy the experience. If you’re disappointed by your performance, allow yourself to be annoyed about it for a while but then log it in your training plan and move on. Reading the log later on might help you avoid a similar experience. But keep in mind that everyone has bad days, and the memory will fade quickly when you have another good run!
There are many ways to approach preparation for a race. From setting SMART running goals to as you train to focusing on new targets to hit, keep these tips in mind as you approach your event. With the proper mindset, you can use your race day jitters to your advantage. And most of all, remember to have fun and enjoy the day!
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