With our Race Date fast approaching, it’s important to consider what you want to eat, wear and bring with you. You definitely don’t want to try anything new on race day so the weeks leading up to it are your chances to see what works best for you. It’s important to treat some of your runs like dress rehearsals for the big day, that way you can see what works and what doesn’t so disaster doesn’t happen at the start line!
You want to wear something that will be best suited to the weather but also your style of running. Some people run with packs, others stuff gels in pockets. Some prefer tights whereas others prefer shorts. Try a few different outfit configurations and pack a layer just in case the weather isn’t so great when you wake up on race day.
Generally you should be looking at eating at least 1-3 hours before you race and the exact time will be different for everyone. Some people work really well with a smoothie before racing (particularly if they have carb loaded correctly the day before) and an actual big breakfast post-race, whereas others need more fuel. Find combinations and timing that works best for you for your distance.
3. Pack? Hydration belt? Pockets? Gear check?
Where will you stash your on-course fuel? Will you carry water with you or wait for aid stations (we suggest to carry water)? These are all things to consider for race day. Some people love hydration belts while others can’t stand them. Find what works for you ahead of race day. It’s also important to consider whether or not you’ll check a bag in on race day or have a friend take care of it for you. Within your bag, make sure to pack flip flops or extra socks and snacks – anything you’ll need to make you feel better after you’re done.
4. On-course fuel
This is important because you don’t want to hit a wall out there! Ideally you start fuelling 30 minutes into the race to keep you going from start to finish but you need to find what works for you. Some prefer gels, other prefer gummies. With a whole range of different fuelling options, try a few different ones then narrow it down.
5. A smile! And post-race fuelling…
We all encourage a big smile post-race but also to make sure you eat! While we’ll offer food when you’re done, it’s important to think about where you might want to eat later to refuel your muscle glycogen stores and repair your muscles. You’ll need a ratio of 4:1 carbs to protein post-race for proper recovery (more carbs, the better!) so think about where you’d like to eat once you’re done!
Most of all, have fun on race day but as we said… do not try anything new! Except our race course (if you haven’t run with us before!)