Got a marathon or fun run coming up? Expert runner and lululemon Chapel Street store ambassador, Bianca Drieberg, has all the hot tips on what to expect come race day. Read on for juicy details on combatting nerves, the importance of hydration and a pep talk that will really get those butterflies going.
The lead up to event day is always scary. Whether running five kilometres or the full distance, no matter how much preparation I have done, I never think it's enough — I always get nervous! I've got a few running tips with a twist (that is, things I've learned the hard way). These are the things I wish someone had shared with me. . .
Preparing Your Body
Hopefully by now you know what type of food or drink to have in your belly that won't cause you discomfort during the run. Drink up and make sure you have enough water in your system in the few days before the event — so much so that you need to pee constantly! This not only helps your body stay hydrated for the run, but (for me) it prepares the bladder for "holding on" during a run.
Trust me, I’ve stood in line at the start of a marathon before having decided not to make the trip to the toilet and held it for all four and a half hours of that run!
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How to Combat Nerves
There are thousands of people at these events — hardcore looking runners and heaps of spectators. Add that to your existing nerves about whether you’ll finish and how well you’ll do, and the brain can do silly things. My reoccurring mistake that I now plan for is losing stuff. Everyone needs to have a running bib with a number and a timing chip in order to be able to run on the day, and I lose it every single time. I leave it at home, leave it in a different state, never pick it up — the list goes on.
Tell someone to double check that you have everything — bib, your good luck charm, directions to the event, any food supplements, emergency contact number, iPod and five dollars for a drink or treat afterwards. Then leave the bib out the night before and try to have a good night’s sleep. I usually can’t sleep well before an event but somehow wake up with heaps of energy and adrenaline.
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What to Expect on Race-Day
As soon as you arrive, there will be signs and ushers or announcements to tell you what to do. Give that control away so you can get on with the experience. Enjoy the line-up, chat to people, listen to tunes, the emcee sharing encouraging words or inspiring interviews with other runners.
When the race starts, notice who you become and be entertained by what you learn. Allow yourself to get emotional. Spectators have come up to me right when I was hitting struggle town on the run and told me I was their idol, or that I look strong or simply called my name printed on my bib. People are beautiful and want to see you succeed. That makes me tear up just thinking about it.
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Favourite Running Gear
Lululemon Run: Swiftly Tech Short Sleeve Top ($75). It comes in some hot colours and doubles nicely as both a workout top — that I can rely on to not make me chafe — and an easy top to wear with casual pants that I don’t need to iron or worry about becoming sweaty or stinky after a long day exploring. Apparently it’s the magic silver stuff on the inside — whatever it is, it works.
Due to the distances I run, I wear the
Lululemon Run: Inspire Crops II ($119) — anti-chafe is important to me and they absorb sweat well without getting stinky.
Head to Lululemon.com.au for all the gear to live #thesweatlife
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