5 Common Mistakes Made on Race Day
When it comes to race day, competitors often forget their training routine and make the following mistakes:
Not having breakfast
There are various reasons why people don’t have breakfast on race day for example not allowing time for breakfast or race day nerves getting the better of them. Having a good breakfast is important as it’s the last chance you get to have a solid meal until after the race. Check what time your wave starts at and give yourself time to have breakfast.
Using new gear
Never use new gear such as runners, t-shirts for the first time on race day as it may cause blisters, chafing and discomfort. Don’t forget your mandatory kit. If you don’t have one then fear not, they’ll be available to purchase when collecting your pack.
The most common mistake competitors make is trying new and unfamiliar food and gels on race day. You don’t want to be on the side of a mountain with an upset stomach. Always have a food plan for race day which you have tried and tested during training.
Failing to drink fluids during the race can lead to muscles cramping, headache and feeling faint. A combination of water and some sport drink like Lucozade sport is a good idea on race day. If you have to go to the loo once or twice during the race you know you are keeping hydrated.
Not stretching after race
Competitors are so excited and exhausted to cross the finish line that they forget to stretch or do any post-race recovery. Even 10-15 mins doing your normal stretch routine after the race can help the body recovery faster.