|It's race week!|
Here's my "race week strategy" for Shamrock Marathon Weekend- which is just two days away!
Eating, Sleeping, & Drinking- Race week nutrition means lots of good stuff, less bad stuff. Generally, I stick to lean proteins and lots of fruits and veggies. I also try to increase my daily water intake by at least 25%. To be properly hydrated for race weekend, you've got to start ahead of race day. Sleep is also vital to feeling my best on race day- I try to be in bed by 10 pm each night. I also save the beer (and any other alcohol) for post-race :-)
Transportation & Lodging- Virginia Beach is about five hours from where I live, without traffic! I've mapped out a route that will hopefully avoid all the DC and Fredericksburg craziness. I've also printed out the hotel confirmation and double-checked check-in/check-out time. And I've packed a bunch of healthy road-trip snacks!
Course Routes- This weekend I'm running the 8k and the half marathon- aka the dolphin challenge! I love looking at course maps ahead of time so I can figure out where the food and water stops will be- this helps me bring the correct amount of fuel with me for the weekend. You can find all the Shamrock course maps here.
Expo Schedule & Vendors- In addition to awesome races, J&A Racing also puts on a fantastic expo. Some of my absolute favorite vendors will be there: BeeCause Charms, Flipbelt, One More Mile, York Sign Shop, Raw Threads- just to name a few! I like to check out the list during race week so I can map out which vendors I don't want to miss in the hustle and bustle of expo chaos. And the speaker series is simply phenomenal- you won't want to miss the legend himself, Bart Yasso, speaking at 5 pm on Friday and 4 pm Saturday. Planning out my expo time ensures that I will see and do all the things I want to without feeling rushed or hurried.
Runner Tracking- Sign up your family and friends for text/email/social media alerts so they can track your progress! I also like to sign up to track my friends- it makes it easier to find folks after the race if I have an idea of when they are going to finish. And I can send them some encouragement for wherever they are on the course. PS- If you want to track me, my bib numbers are 27101 (8k) and 18236 (half).
Weather- It just wouldn't be race week if I didn't obsessively check the weather! It will snow in PA on Friday but it's just supposed to rain in VA Beach. Checking out the weather is important because it dictates what I pack and could impact travel. I usually wait until a week out from the race before I start to worry about the weather- farther out from a month, it's too hard to predict.
Packing- I'm an early packer. I've got all my clothes/running gear/fuel already laid out and will be packed long before the early Friday morning travel. By starting to pack a week in advance, I have plenty of time to think about what laundry needs to be done, what still needs to be purchased, etc.
Training- I'll be honest, this week I have not been training nearly as much as I do when it's not race week. At this point, there's too much of a risk of injury for me. I am resting my feet and enjoying a nice short break before the races this weekend.
Being prepared by planning a "race week strategy" has really helped me to lessen my race day anxiety and still enjoy the build-up of excitement that comes with a big race weekend.
What would you add to this list? What's part of your race week strategy?