So it’s the week of the Prime Four Beast race. If this is the first time you’ve done something like this you’re probably going through a mix of emotions…
- Why did I let my friends convince me to sign up?
- Have I done enough training?
- Will said friends above pull my ass out the mud if I get stuck?
- OMG I’M SO EXCITED!
- OMG I’M SO SCARED!
Yep, we’ve all been there. Even if it’s not your first running event, the pre-race brain chatter always starts to kick in.
I’m quite lucky in that I tend to verge more to the excited chatter than scared chatter. Maybe I have a weird obsession with mud?
Over the past couple of years I’ve managed to get my pre-race prep down to a pretty good routine. I’m lucky to train with some pretty awesome people and have learnt a lot of things along the way. At the end of the day it’s working out what works best for you, but here are some of my top tips to get you started.
- One massive, hard, long run is not going to do a smidge of a difference now if you haven’t managed to get all your training in. All it will actually do is knacker you out. It’s always tempting to squeeze in one last session, but trust me your legs won’t thank you for it when you trying to haul your ass over a wall at mile 5. A couple of gentle runs or light exercise are best for race week.
- Don’t make any last minute drastic changes! This counts for basically everything, including kit, food and training. New trainers could equal blisters, different food could equal unhappy tummy, new training could equal sore muscle. You get the idea…this isn’t the week for discovering you are a tightrope walking raw meat lover. Soz.
- Now I love cake (gluten free obvs) as much as the next guy, but if you can, try and avoid sugary foods on the run up to the event. This helps to avoid massive sugar crashes where you question the meaning of life (we’ve all been there).
- Hooray for carbs! People to tend have varying opinions of whether ‘carb loading’ the night before a race actually works. For me I find it does, even if it’s just psychological. Try and pick a carby meal that your stomach is used to though! Tuna pasta works a dream for me. Also remember, what goes in must come out. If you eat enough carbs for a small army you’ll be making full use of the onsite event toilets.
- Be prepared. Likelihood is you’re going to be a whole mix of emotions on race day. The last thing you want to worry about is directions or forgetting your favourite pre-run snack. Make sure you’ve checked all event details, packed your bag and planned your breakfast.
- HAVE FUN! It’s easy to forget we sign up to these things to have fun! Leave your inhibitions at home and make sure you take it all in. It’s a pretty special feeling completing something like the Beast Race.
Good luck and see you on the start line! I’ll be the one jumping around having far too much fun.
Currently: Wondering if I might get stuck in the mud at the weekend.
Training today: Probably a rest day, got to get those legs ready for Saturday!
Adventure so far this week: Surviving my Monday morning alarm