The Twin Cities Marathon weekend is coming up and a lot of our Flyers are running! Whether your 1st or 49th race, 5k or Marathon, our team wants to share our top 5 race day tips.
Don’t do anything different than you’ve done during your training runs! Same clothes, same food, same shoes. You don’t want to end up “chafing” the dream!
Bottoms, tops, bib and pins, socks, any fuel, etc… The last thing you need is to run around in the morning forgetting something to throw you off. If it is chilly the morning of the race dig up an old long sleeve, pants, socks, that you can wear over your clothes until the race starts. The Twin Cities marathon donates all the clothes that are stripped down along the race. If you don't have anything you want to part with, the Fly Feet lost and found has some gems!
Set multiple goals and be flexible with how you’re feeling that day. One that you know you can do, another that is challenging that you think you can do, and the last is an aggressive goal that you might be able to do on your best day ever. Start between the first and second goal and adjust depending on how the first half goes. You can set other goals too that aren’t related to time such as working on cadence, running the tangent, or staying positive.
This doesn't mean kill yourself in the first couple of minutes, but simply find a pace faster than your goal pace for the first mile. You have so much adrenaline at the start of a race... take advantage of it! You miss that opportunity if you don't go out fast. The absolute worst feeling is to finish a race with anything left in the tank... if you start slow, this is a risk you are taking.
Don’t worry about the miles you’re not running at that moment. Listen to where your body is at the current moment, trust yourself and your training! Who knows how many times you’ll be able to do this, so find ways to enjoy it! Throw a smile or a cheer to other athletes, ham it up for the spectators, wear something silly - whatever floats your boat! Pretty soon you will be crossing the finish line with all the peeps and remembering why it was all worth it!
Pre-race jitters are completely normal. If you have any other questions ask our coaches!