What do you do before a race? This week we’re covering what pre-race rituals people to do prepare for a race.
Whether it’s wearing a piece of lucky clothing, thinking about what you’re going to eat after the race, what you eat before a race, and if you have a pre-race massage. We’ll be covering what some of the professionals do, and what other quirky rituals help prepare people for the big race.
What factors should you consider for your race ritual?
1. Identify good healthy and filling food which is rich in basic carbohydrates. Pasta, rice and breakfast like Weetabix are good for you. But please bear in mind that these foods don’t work for everyone, so it’s worth working out a day or two before what gives you the slowest releasing energy. Food is fuel.
3. Catching up on sleep, if you’ve been lacking the usual 8 hour sleeps that your body and muscles need to recover, then make sure that you get your 8 hours a few days before the race. This will ensure maximum recovery for your muscles, to properly prepare you for the race.
4. Packing your bag and clothes for race day – the last thing you want to be doing is rushing around early on a Sunday morning worrying that you’ve got everything.
5. Drink plenty of water, slowly. This is to ensure that you’re well hydrated for the race, and that you’ve caught up on possible de-hydration from your training schedule, and normal weekly routines.
6. A massage, or a hot bubble bath – many of you will be feeling a little uptight and possibly stressed the day or two before the race. So now’s the time to relax and try to unwind for the big day. This will also help you physically, relaxing your muscles, helping recovery.
Other things that you might want to think about are:
- Imagery –imagine how you want to feel during, and the accomplishment of the race.
- Community – maybe talking and being with fellow runners and friends will help you relax before the race.
- Self-talk –helps with motivation and confidence for the day.
- Planning – be prepared for your travel, where you are going on the day, leaving bags, pick-up points etc.
Some of you may even have more quirky and different pre and during race rituals. Fitbie have identified some of the more professional runners that believe in running rituals. And is it just for the professionals? Well according to Usain Bolt, no. Whilst you’re probably thinking about nothing else except the run, Usain thinks about anything except the race.
So we put it to you, what do you do to prepare for a race, to get in the right mind-set, is it your favourite song? Play computer games? Have a hot bubble bath?
Share your thoughts and views with us.
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