It was March, and I was revisiting my new years resolution, which I didn't have. I secretly pined to do a half marathon by the end of the year. I told no one, let no one breath out my zest from it. But I guess the silent screams are the loudest and the universe answered. A random soul pinged me, to join the Half marathon training that his training club was conducting, I joined without much hesitation.
Training meant disciple. And I have never done anything disciplined, ever!
This isn't about my journey. Before every race I forget what makes it a perfect preparation, this is so that I can keep referring to it. maybe modify as I rediscover things on my journey.
36 hours prior race: Eat a carbo heavy dinner, sleep really late. So that the next day it's easier to sleep early.
24 hours prior race: Don't step out of the house. Don't go anywhere. Stay indoors. Laze on the terrace, read a book, do whatever, but do not step out!
Eat carbo & antioxidant rich foods. Low on fat and protein. Avoid cheese and all dairy.
Get your next day kit ready - Bib, pins, water belt, dry fruits, wet tissues, hand sanitizer, dark chocolate, a change of clothes, slippers, gatorade, stand-up&pee kit, cap, wrist bands, a small microtowel (light to carry, dries easy), deodorant. Decide where you would go for breakfast post run. Carry protein powder.
If it's winter layer up. 1 sweater that you take off after warm up and can hand it over to your race guardian, and another thin full sleeve pseudo sweater that serves more as a layer than anything else, gloves, hair wrap, a full sleeve shirt to wear under your regular run top.
Race day: Wake up to your silent alarm. Do a mini shower, use the deodorant balm. Clip your hair. Have a banana, 1 tsp nutella, 1 tsp peanut butter and 100ml milk. Pin your bib to your leg, not to your shirt. stretch warm up, regular stretches. After run, do 15 minutes of cool down streches, preferrably after the run provided physio and protein powder. Eat a carbo and protein heavy breakfast. Drink lots of water and gatorade to rehydrate yourself which will in turn minimize your cravings and muscle cramps, headaches, fatigue, pretty much everything. Avoid alcohol at all costs. Have acold shower (preferable). If it's a 10k you can indulge in a post-run massage, not if it's a half marathon as muscles will be too sore and it will only seem like more exercise to your muscles.
Have a fun run!