You’ve trained for your half-marathon or marathon, and it’s only days or maybe even hours to the race day. Anxiety may set in, but don’t be afraid; it’s okay to be anxious even when you’re an expert. While that may be the case, there is not much you can do in terms of training to help you feel more confident.
Nevertheless, here is what you can do to prevent all the hard work from being undone by last-minute mishaps:
1. Be positive
One of the main secrets to winning in anything you do is having a positive mindset. Be sure to think and see positivity in whatever you’re trying to do. No doubt you may feel like doubting yourself, but when such thoughts come, you may want to relax and try to “see” yourself achieving your goal. You can get more info here about the relaxation techniques that do really work.
2. Stay hydrated
Being hydrated has a load of benefits in the sports world, as you already know. Keeping your body hydrated as the race day nears can do wonders to your body, helping you get ready for the task.
Just be sure not to overhydrate your body, as overhydration is as bad as dehydration.
3. Prepare everything you need
Preparation is one of the best ways to fight anxiety in anything you do. As such, be sure to get everything ready for the race day. This means anything from grooming your nails to double-checking that your whatever you will wear feels comfortable.
4. Carb load
As you near the race day, see to it that 85 to 95 percent of your total calories come from carbs. This is to help ensure that you have enough energy to last through the entire race. Even though most runners prefer rice, you have other options such as oatmeal, waffles, yogurt, bagels, tortillas, and pancakes. Just keep in mind that carb-loading is not the same as overloading. 4 grams of carbs per body weight every day should be enough.
If you have a map (you should get one after registering), be sure to make a good plan for the entire race.
You have to prepare for different terrain, as that will help you determine how to use your energy throughout the race. It’s important to know when to use your energy and when to reserve it.
There you go,
The tips discussed in this article should go a long way in helping you stay focused on the marathon and feeling at ease despite the anxiety that comes with such events. Just be sure to have a good plan and stick to it from the beginning to the end.