Tomorrow I am running my first 5k. It's not a normal 5k, it's a themed one. Themed 5k's seem to be all the rage and I'm really excited that my first 5k is a bit on the crazy side. Here's what I'll be doing tomorrow:
Other than turning yourself into a runner and engaging in upper and lower body physical training (the obvious!) here are some tips to help you run your best race and have the best time:
*Don't try a new breakfast the day of the race. Stick with what you usually have, but try to add a bit more protein to it. I've read a lot of sites that recommend a greek yogurt and fruit smoothie.
*Don't eat within 2 hours of the race. Digesting and running = cramping.
*Don't wear anything new. This is not the time to be breaking in new shoes, trying a new sports bra or new socks. Go with what you have been training in.
*Don't workout the night before. If you must, go for a bit of a walk, but take it easy the night before and even the few days before a race. Any soreness will really be amplified the day of the race.
*I've seen the myth that marathon runners eat a giant bowl of pasta the night before the race. Well, that's not necessarily recommended but eating a decent amount of carbs the night before is important. Just have it in regular portion sizes, and not giant ones.
*Don't drink too much before the race. Nothing sucks as bad as having to pee in the middle of a race.
*Bring garbage bags. In the case of my race I will need garbage bags to put my muddied up clothing in and to possibly sit on in the car on the way home.
*For a themed race, dress up and get into it! My friends and I should've gotten shirts made, but instead we are wearing the same colors and the same bandanas. Make it fun!
*Set some goals for yourself. This being my first 5k and having a lot of obstacles in it, my only goal is to finish with participating in every obstacle. Let's see how it goes!!
Any pre-race tips for a 5k? Based on how I feel tomorrow night and Sunday, I plan on participating in more!