This may be just another week for most, but for any runners who are participating in the Portland Marathon this Sunday, October 6th, its one of relief and nerves. Relief because the amount of running needed to be done is reduced tremendously. Nerves because, well, they’ll be running 26.2 miles. There’s no way to know how you’ll feel the morning before a race, the obstacles you’ll face, and the what the weather will be like.
There are things that you can do to help you prepare for the big day. Here are some tips from your Portland personal trainer to help you be your best come race day.
1. Get plenty of sleep. Your nerves and anxiety levels might be on high, but getting adequate sleep is essential for your body to be alert. Try out some yoga stretches before bed to put your body and mind in a calm state.
2. Drink a moderate amount of water. This doesn’t mean drinking gallons of water a day, which can deplete your electrolytes. Drink at least 8 glasses a day, and about 8-20 ounces two hours before start time.
3. Don’t over do it on carbs. Many of us think that filling our body with as much carbs as possible will give us more energy on race day. While consuming carbs is important, eating too much of them can give us digestive problems. Something we don’t want to be dealing with while running a marathon.