I am officially 3 days away from my 4th half marathon. My last half marathon was in May (recap here), so it’s been a while since I’ve had to prep for a big race like this.
I obsessively start checking the weather as soon as I’m able to (usually 10 day forecast) then every other day after that. Currently with 3 days to go, the weather looks like this:
I don’t think I’ve ever started a half marathon this late (it starts at 9am) so I’m hoping it will keep a nice chill for the entire race & with only 61% humidity, it shouldn’t be too bad.
Once I get a general idea of what the weather is going to be like, I start thinking about my outfit. Number 1 rule for a race is never wear anything you’ve never run in before. It’s important to “practice” what you’re going to wear to make sure nothing chafes, slides, or rolls. Nothing is more annoying than being uncomfortable for 13.1 miles. This time, I think I’m going with capris, a singlet, & a throw away long sleeve on top. I get warm so fast & with it being sunny, I’m thinking I’m going to want to run in a singlet once I get warmed up. I also pick my socks (Feetures) & I have long known what pair of shoes I’ll be running in (Brooks Glycerin 14).
Next, I make sure I have all of my fuel/pre-race food stocked up. My body doesn’t really agree with much on race day, so I stick to solid food instead of gels or gummies. Before I leave the house, I’ll usually have a bowl of cereal with almond milk. This time, since the race is about an hour away, I’ll make sure I keep something like a banana or granola bar to have on my way out there. I have used Glukos gels during a race before & they usually work pretty well but if you’ve ever seen them, they’re huge. I normally only drink half then I hold onto it until the next mile & then I drink another 1/4 of it & I throw it out. I like to have Honey Stinger waffles for mid-race fuel as well.
Lastly, I make sure I have a killer playlist. This is the only time I run with music. I run with one earbud in to make sure I get little boosts of energy when I really need them. For this race, I asked my closest friends & my family to choose 1 or 2 songs to put on my playlist so that when I hear it, I can think of them during that song. It’s like I can imagine them running next to me cheering me on. Here’s a sneak peek of what a few of them picked:
As you can tell, it’s going to be a fun & interesting race music wise. I’m hoping this alone will get me through the tough parts of my half marathon.
How do you prep for a big race? Do you have any pre-race rituals that you stick to for every race? I love hearing other people’s routines!