Real Life Runners with Angie and Kevin Brown

303: 10 Tips for Race Day Success

April 13, 2023 Angie and Kevin Brown
Real Life Runners with Angie and Kevin Brown
303: 10 Tips for Race Day Success
Show Notes

RACE MORNING CHECKLIST - 10 points to get you from the alarm clock to the starting gun


  1. Have something to eat depending on your stomach tolerances. 
    • Last night’s dinner is still fueling you. 
    • Aim for 200-300 easily digestible calories about 2 hours before the race.  
    • Fats and proteins take longer to digest and can lead to stomach issues later. 
    • If you normally skip breakfast, try some sports drink to get in some fuel. 
  1.   Have something to drink. 
    • If you normally drink coffee, now is not the time to change that program.  
    • Take in some water to top off your hydration.  This should be at least 12 oz.  You may not want it, but just drink it.  
  1.   Protect your body. 
    •  Sunscreen and BodyGlide are often best applied before you get to the race in the privacy of your home. 
    •   If you have ever had chafing issues and do not know BodyGlide, please get some. 
  2.   Get dressed and grab your running bag that you packed the night before.  
    •  Put on: shorts, shirt with race number attached, socks, shoes, watch
    •   Cold outside?  Add old sweatshirt or long sleeve shirt, sweatpants, hat and gloves that you are comfortable with tossing mid-race
  3. Get to the race. 
    • Aim to arrive, parked and actually at the race 60 minutes ahead of the gun.  
    • If this is a full or half marathon, add 15-30 minutes.
  1. Warm up 45-60 minutes before the race.  Large races always need extra time. 
    • Go for a very easy 5-10 minute run - the shorter

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