I hope you all did wonderfully this week as per or maybe not even as per the plan. Either way, the last 48 hours are important – as they carry a bag of emotions – excited, scared, happy, anxious, energetic, tired – we feel all at the same time! Don’t we?
The mantra here is – take special care of yourself!!
- A marathon is like a mathematics examination. Just as you need to relax and stop studying a few hours before a Maths exam, the same applies to a run. You don’t need to indulge in any heavy exercise in the last 48 hours; relax, focus, and don’t let any doubts about your training bother you. You practiced well, and you will do your best. Go for a slow 20-minute run, if at all required.
- Be cautious of the diet you consume. Avoid heavy, high-fat foods or an excessive protein diet. Try eating just the right – neither overloading nor fasting helps. Choose the right diet and nutrition for yourself.
- Keep yourself hydrated and drink a lot of water. The recommendation is 13 glasses of water per day for male athletes and 9 glasses for females. Again, overhydration is as bad as dehydration; you know what I mean. Also, avoid caffeine and alcoholic drinks.
- Prepare yourself – which would mean prepping your body and packing your bags. Fingernails and toenails should be such that they don’t irritate you while running. The same goes for your hair and the clothes you wear. As we discussed earlier – ‘nothing new on race day’ should be our ground rule.
- Sit back and calmly go through the marathon route. This will help you visualize your running pattern. And since we are picturing the course, why not imagine ourselves at the destination point, the crowd cheering us, and we proudly posing for a photograph with our certificate.
- Sleep well two days before your half-marathon. It will relax your muscles and compensate for the loss of sleep due to anxiety the night before the race.
- Check the weather conditions two days before the race and also one day prior to the race. This will be a guiding point for the choice of your wardrobe and things to carry along.
- If you will be traveling to the venue by your vehicle, I am sure the same will be ready. However, it wouldn’t hurt to do some last-minute checks – check the fuel, tires, and other basics. Keep your car (vehicle) keys handy at a place you can quickly pick on race day.
- Alright now, we’ve done enough – it’s time to unwind. Let’s read a book, solve Sudoku, listen to music, or watch a movie and go for a good night’s sleep. ☺
Morning morning! It’s Sunday – the day is here!
- Wake up on time.
- Eat a healthy and light breakfast.
- Drink water.
- Your clothes and shoes are ready – wear them.
- Take your bag and other required staff.
- Use the restroom before leaving.
Try and keep moving till the time race begins – it will break the body’s inertia and bring it to motion.
You are ready! On your mark, get set, go!
Avani Raj Arora