On your marks, get set ... run
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.