You prepare for months, behind you are training hours and hundreds of miles. But there are still some things you need to keep in your mind for all to go well. So, here are five basic rules from professionals about running (half)marathons.
1. Don’t change your rituals, food, and equipment to something new
This is the alpha and omega of every race, and especially in the long run: Do not put anything new on the equipment on you. Run in sneakers and wardrobes in which you have already run at least a few long training sessions and feel comfortable. Sunglasses, caps, sweatpants etc. go with you only if they have been part of your equipment so far. The same goes for food. Day and surely before the race you do not eat anything that you have not tried before in training.
In the end, but not least, do not change your rituals, the evening before the race and the day itself. If, during the preparation, you regularly went to bed early, do not stumble up until 2 am, but plan a quiet evening in your pajamas. Get up in the morning at the same time, and as soon as you get used to it, there’s no need to get up early. If you need coffee before training, you must drink it on the day of the race. Rituals are important, among other things, because they hold nervousness before the race under control and leave us the feeling that we know what we are doing.
2. Prepare your things for a race day before
Attach a beginner’s shirt number, find your favorite socks, charge the clock/phone battery, if you run with music check your playlist. If the sunny weather is expected, do not forget the sunscreen.
3. Focus on psychic preparation
If you have not already done this, and you are in the right place, go to the path you are running. Getting to know the track allows you to feel better during the race because you know what awaits you. Pay particular attention to the end of the course. Even if you do not have time to go through the track and if you are very familiar with it, it’s not a surprise to spend some time over the map of the marathon track that the organizer gives in the starter pack. Walk in the mind of the entire path, visualize the race.
4. Make a race plan
During the preparation, you run faster and slower training, but now it’s important to make a plan to run your first race in the long run. If you have previously run a short run, enter that time or time for which you run a certain distance into one of the many online calculators. Based on the expected time, set your pace and keep it up from the beginning. After all, it does not matter who is ahead, or behind you, this is your race, and you need to win yourself, that is it.