How To Prepare For Your First Race Of The Year

Although you’ve been resting the week before, you don’t want to rest too much. It’s rare for people to find success by taking off the day before their race. Johnson recommends a short, easy jog, with four or five stride efforts and plenty of recovery jogging in between.

Then, make sure you’re ready for the next morning. That means making a checklist, says McMillan, and dressing yourself mentally from the inside out: shoes, socks, shorts, top, warmups, bib number and accessories. Pick up your packet and check in the day before if possible. Have it all set aside and ready to go. And make a plan for what you’re going to eat, where to park and when you’ll need to leave to get there on time.

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