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Upper Hutt Leader - - CONVERSATIONS - RACHEL GRUNWELL

Please pat your­self on the back. You’ve com­mit­ted to do­ing Cigna Round the Bays, trained hard and you should feel proud of tack­ling this awe­some health jour­ney.

Here are some tips to pre­pare the night be­fore Sun­day’s event:

Feel­ing ner­vous is nor­mal. Even very ex­pe­ri­enced run­ners get ner­vous. This is good thing be­cause you care about your goal.

You may not sleep well the night be­fore the event. So, try to get a good sleep two nights out from the event.

Rest! Or some peo­ple like to go for a short walk or light jog to get the legs mov­ing. Your choice.

Do not eat ex­tra spicy food or any­thing you are not fa­mil­iar with – in case it up­sets your stom­ach.

Pre­pare well. I have ev­ery­thing I need for race day placed on a ta­ble in­clud­ing clothes, shoes, race pack, bib with pins, fuel, sun­glasses, hair tie, hat, sun­block etc.

There’s noth­ing worse than search­ing for some­thing at the last minute.

Also, pack a bag with a change of clothes and snack for af­ter the fin­ish. You should aim to eat within about 30-min­utes af­ter your event to re­fuel and aid re­cov­ery.

Con­sider pack­ing ex­tra fuel in case you drop it ac­ci­den­tally on the course or feel like you need more.

Know what you will have for break­fast and have this ready as much as pos­si­ble as well as cut­lery, bowl or plate, etc.

Suss your race plan in­clud­ing when you will have wa­ter or re­fuel. I al­ways walk through the drink stops so I don’t choke on my wa­ter or spill it all down me. How­ever, if you are an elite run­ner then keep run­ning!

Know your race day lo­gis­tics i.e. how you will get home.

See you at the fin­ish line!

Col­umn by Rachel Grunwell, Cigna Health and Well­be­ing Am­bas­sador - a mum, ex­pe­ri­enced run­ner, qual­i­fied yoga teacher and di­rec­tor of life­style web­site In­spiredHealth.co.nz. Fol­low her per­sonal jour­ney to get race-ready with her fam­ily on Face­book: In­spiredHealthNZ and In­sta­gram: @In­spired­healthand­fit­ness.

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