Settling the Jitters

If you live around Murfreesboro (or Middle Tennessee for that matter) I’m sure you’re aware of the Murfreesboro Middle Half Marathon that is this Saturday, October 11.  Those not running the sold-out race are likely concerned with the annoying and inconvenient road closures, the rest of us are likely worried about sleep, food, and dreaded tapering!

While I don’t have many tips for those road closures (other than to take the opportunity to either sleep in or make for a weekend getaway), I DO have some for those of you preparing to lace up!

1. If you haven’t trained with it, don’t race with it!
It’s the cardinal rule of race day.  I would hope most of you know not to try any new Gu’s or brews in the days leading up to the race.  So if you’ve never had a big plate of pasta before a long run or gotten up early enough to have coffee before a run–DON’T do it.  Trust me (especially on the coffee)!

2. Body Glide
“But you just said not to try anything new!”  I know, I know.  But there’s a 60% chance of rain, and I know you’ll be desperate to try anything that might make a rainy run more appeasing.  So try Body Glide. This little buffer will save those precious thighs and armpits from chafing and getting blood on the new clothes you should not be trying out on race day.  So basically bathe in it.  Trust me on this one, too.

3. Put Down the Water
What?!  There’s no need to chug excess water days before the race.  Drink as you normally would, but no beer until post race!  Drink to your thirst (maybe a little extra), and come race day drink 16 or so ounces 2-3 hours before the race starts.  You don’t want to overload your already anxious bladder!

4. Forego the Fiber
Starting about 3 days before the big day, swap your Raisin Bran for Rice Krispies and your beans for a potato.  With the mention of beans, I think we’re all aware of the effects of fiber!  Porta-potties are limited, lines are long, and you’ve got a PR to chase!  Even I will be storing my beloved prunes in the back of the cupboard.  Out of sight, out of mind!

5. Relax
Get your Eye of the Tiger on, catch up on your favorite blogs or magazines, con a friend into driving you to the race, take a walk or light jog to warm up your muscles.  The list goes on and on.  Remember: this (hopefully) is not your first run.  You’ve done it before and it’s just another run.  Have fun!  Plus, I hear there’s going to be pizza and doughnut holes at the finish line!

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