8 Tips for Race Day

Here are 8 tips to ease your pre-race jitters and get you on track for that shiny medal.

Don’t Over Eat

You don’t need more calories than normal in the days leading up to the race – just make sure the majority of those calories come from carbs, especially at lunch and dinner the day before race day. This will give your body time to digest, absorb, and store the nutrients, and you’ll be able to rely on those fuel stores on the next day’s run.

It’s a good idea to wake up early and eat a good breakfast two or three hours before the race.


To perform your best in a half-marathon, you will need to be properly hydrated, so drink lots of water in the days leading up to the race. You don’t want to have to take in excess fluids on the day of the race, so it’s crucial to maintain your hydration levels beforehand.

Stick With What You Know

Wear what you have been training in race day isn’t the time to try a new outfit! To avoid rushing in the morning, lay out your clothes the day before, including pinning on your race bib.

Bring a Bin Bag

Wokingham can be wet and cold! Take a big refuse sack to wear while you’re waiting. Once you start running, you’ll warm up. A good rule is to dress as if the weather is 15 degrees warmer than it actually is. That’s how much you will warm up once you start running.


Take 3 energy gels with you; have one 15 mins before the race starts, one at mile 5 and another at mile 10. However, if you’ve never had a gel before and don’t know how your body will respond to them, eat something you’re used to, like raisins or an energy bar.  Don’t try anything new!

Know Your Pace

The start of a race is when your energy is highest. You’ll want to pass all the people just to get out of the crowd. Try to avoid this because you’ll be more likely to burn out later on. Don’t get carried away, have a race plan and stick to it.

Time Goal

For your first half marathon, don’t worry about setting a time goal. Make that first experience a chance to tackle the distance without an ambitious expectation.

Have Fun!

You’ve trained for months, and you can do it! Celebrate all of the hard work you’ve put in. After all, what’s the point of races if you don’t enjoy yourself?

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