We Ask, You Answer: What Should You Do to Make Sure You’re in Top Shape on Race Day?

“We Ask, You Answer” is our new blog series featuring your training tips and race day advice. The concept is simple: We’ll ask the questions, and you’ll answer. Then, we’ll compile and share your advice. Be sure to follow along on Facebook and Twitter!

Photo 2As the 2013 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon gets closer, it’s time to start thinking about how to make this year’s race your best yet. You’ve got 24 days left to get ready, so for today’s “We Ask, You Answer” post, we asked our athletes to share their tips for how they stay in top shape on (and leading up to!) race day. Based on their feedback, here are four things you should be doing over the next few weeks:

FUEL UP
Heidi De Benedictis offered this tip: “Make sure you’re fueling your body with good, healthy and nutritious foods and lots of water.” Another important reminder from Kim Lambert: “Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate!”

TRUST YOUR TRAINING
Here’s another helpful tip from Heidi: “Don’t stress out, trust the training. You’re probably better prepared than you think!” Andrew Halinen added: “Don’t forget to stretch, and don’t over train,” and Amy Miele said: “Relax your mind and visualize the finish line! No judgment on race day.”

FOCUS ON YOUR FEELINGS
A good tip from Breanna Hoxworth: “You should be more focused on making sure your mental muscles are in top shape on race day. Your body is most likely trained enough to finish, but is your mind?” Erin Young added: “I’m sure not to stick to my training plan too rigidly, and instead focus on how I feel. I always make sure my long run is the same length as the long run on the training plan, and I general try to make my total weekly mileage within 1-2 miles of the mileage on the plan while allowing myself to run longer on days that I’m really feeling it.”

GET SOME R&R
“Take time to relax your mind to get mentally prepared for the race,” said Mishelle LynchKelly Hollis added: “Taper appropriately and do a 20 minute easy run the day before the race.” added: “Listen to your body and remember rest days are important too!,” said Erica Ridley. And, one final tip from Jason Allen: “Eat well, sleep well and take it easy in the days leading up to the race.”

And last but not least, one final reminder from Michelle Worrellia: “Be strong and know you can do it.”

Click here for additional tips from our runners. Have more race day advice to share? Let us know in the comments, or share on Facebook or Twitter!

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