We are getting so close folks!
In just three weeks it will be time for the big race! I don’t know about you all, but I am getting very excited, a little nervous, and ready to test my training. I will be the first to admit that I am not as prepared as I was the last time I ran a marathon three years ago, but I do feel prepared enough to complete it.
Besides running long distances to train my brain, legs and lungs, there are other preparations that must be made as race day approaches.
- Shoes. If you are thinking that your shoes might be wearing out, now is the time to switch them up. If you get new shoes this week you still have about three weeks to wear them in. It is definitely not a good idea to get new shoes the week of the big race. Nothing is harder to run through than miles upon miles of bleeding blisters. This goes for new running clothes too. Make sure you test those new running shorts or tank tops out before the race- the pain of chaffing ranks right up there with bleeding blisters in my opinion!
- Accommodations. Call and confirm your hotel room. Des Moines is a busy place the weekend of the race and if for some reason your hotel room reservation didn’t get kept, it will be stressful trying to find another one last minute.
- Gear. Start planning what you will need for race day. Nutrition supplements? Hydration bottles, belts or backpacks? New music or an audiobook? New headphones or a phone band for your arm? Take care of these concerns now rather than waiting until a few days before the race. It will save you worry later.
- Planning. Check out the race map. I hear the routes are a little different this year, so be ready for that. It is also important to know where medical, hydration and bathroom stations are along the route.
- Social Media. Follow the IMT DMM (or any race you are planning to run) on Facebook and Twitter so that you can get important updates regarding registration, packet pick-up, route changes, parking, vendors, and anything else you might need information on for race day.
Ya know, I didn’t think I was that nervous until I started typing some of this out! Maybe it’s just adrenalin pumping through my veins but this post makes me want to get out there and go for a run!
If you have other tips or ideas that we runners can use, please comment them below. There are so many things that I love about races, but one of the biggest is how runners are a community of people ready and willing to help out others. So if you have advice, please give it!