Race season is already upon is so we’ve put together our top tips to get the most out of race day.
1. Fuel your body
Running a half marathon is a big deal for your body so it’s essential that you feed it well in preparation for the race. Running on a full stomach can be uncomfortable, so, around two to four hours before running, eat a meal that is high in carbs, moderate in protein and relatively low in fat.
2. Drum up support
As well as having friends and family cheering you on from the side-lines, you can also get total strangers to help too. Get your name put on your top for race day – you’ll be amazed how many people will cheer for you and it really does help when you need it!
3. Pace yourself
Try to maintain a steady pace throughout the race. Set yourself a target time based on your pace during your training runs. Most marathons have pace runners (look out for somebody with a big flag and time on it) – if you follow them, they’ll be aiming to bring you in just under the target time.
4. Stay hydrated
You should aim to drink every 20 minutes throughout the race – don’t wait until you feel thirsty. Being just 25% dehydrated could result in a 3% performance loss. That’s almost 5 minutes for a 2-hour half marathoner.
You’ve worked so hard for this so make sure you enjoy it. Take in the atmosphere, high five strangers, eat the jelly babies people offer you and don’t put too much pressure on yourself, just have fun!