Tips for Relaxing on Race Day
Relaxing on racing day? That’s an oxymoron if we ever heard one. But, believe it or not, it is possible. In fact, pre-race relaxation encompasses the mental, as well as the physical, so you are holistically prepared to do your best.
This article shares relaxation tips, and mental strategies, to help you prepare before running that 5k, half marathon or marathon that’s had you stressing for months.
Scale back. It may seem counter productive, but every running coach knows you need to scale back your miles in the weeks preceding your big race. Even though you might feel restless, don’t be tempted to do any surprise workouts. You could compromise your results and the hard work you’ve put in up to this point.
Focus on what works. Finish the last 400-yards of your last workout mile as fast as you possibly can. Then evaluate what you focused on to accomplish that. Is it your form? Did you use a power word? Do you envision pulling yourself along the runners you pass? Use this same mental strategy on race day.
Visualize. Harness your antsy energy into powerful visualizations. Picture sailing through the course challenges, how you will navigate your walls, or your perfect form.
Plan. Start making your plan for race day so when the time comes, it doesn’t feel as stressful. What time will you get up? What will you have for breakfast? What is your race day attire? Lay it out the night before along with your racing bib, pins, and anythign else you may need. Preparing beforehand will help you get the sleep you need! And remember, the most important nights sleep is the night-before-the-night-before. So regardless, get rest the week leading up to the race and don’t overdo it.
Still looking for that race to make you feel accomplished, have fun, and give you race day jitters that you crave? Check out the 2014 Oyster Racing Series and begin planning your team!
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