You made the commitment, you dedicated yourself to train, now it is time to have fun.
Runcoach, the official training partner of Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Weekend offers these race-week tips for a great virtual race.
- Enjoy the last few days of training: Though the miles begin to drop off your motivation shouldn’t. Stay focused at the task at hand. Nourish your body with good food, protein, and hydrate with plenty of electrolytes. Race day isn’t just about cardo-loading the night before.
- Be confident and have fun: This is your race day. Get into your race kit, wear a bib, prepare your mind and body as if you were going to line up alongside thousands of other runners. Except this time, you are going to win! Flip back through your training log and remind yourself that you are ready.
- Pay attention to your hydration and fueling: Usually water stations are set up for you in a real race. For your virtual race you should plan to set out water or another electrolyte source ahead of time. Another option is to carry your drinks and gels/chews. Don’t try any fancy mixes or new products you haven’t used during training. GI distress is the last obstacle you want.
- Smart pacing is the key to a good race: On race day start 5-10 seconds slower than your goal pace (10-miler and full marathon), 5 seconds slower than goal pace for 5K/ 10K and work yourself to the effort and pace of your goal pace. You can also use pace features on your watch – Garmin has a pace program and so does Runcoach app.
If you have further questions or want to discuss your individual race day strategy send a message to Coach@runcoach.com.