Whether you have been training with the YMCA 10k training team or training yourself, the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k is finally here. During race week, take it easy and that means taking care of yourself and your body. The last thing you want to happen is to get sick or injure yourself. You do not work out vigorously, eliminate cross training, and do not worry about logging additional miles. Get mentally and physically prepared.
The day before the event, take a rest day. That means take a day off from working out, staying off your feet more than usual and remember to go to the Expo and pick up your bib, time chip, and all that good swag. Make smart decisions for dinner, do not go wild over the garlic bread and pasta, but have a good helping. Try to avoid beans, deep fried, and sugary foods. You do not want to feel “bloaty” and like a Goodyear blimp during the race. Always remember to stay hydrated pre – during – and post race.
The night before, try to have your running gear laid out. It saves a lot of time from scrambling race day morning. Get your time chip tied to your shoe, sunglasses, cap, sunscreen, watch, and iPod charged and ready to go. Check the weather forecast too. What you may think will be 70 degrees, may really be 50 out.
Race morning comes and it’s time to shower and get your gear on. Snack on light cereal, toast, or a banana. If necessary, do not forget to take your daily vitamins. Remember to hydrate. Drink some tomato juice for its potassium and sodium, which helps to keep your water content up. Watermelon is a lower sodium source of potassium to keep your heart healthy (source running-world.net).
Once you are ready to go, find the race site early and stake your start. Feel free to stretch and get the legs and feet ready. You have trained so hard and prepared yourself, it’s finally time to give it all you got. With over 37,000 participants, there is no reason to not finish and enjoy the 10k! Great luck and happy trails!
Jason Yu is Partner and Director of Marketing for The Hardwicke Group in Richmond, VA. His company specializes in new media, PR and influence with an emphasis on digital marketing strategy and reputation management. Jason enjoys keeping active by biking, running and working out on a daily basis. Jason has ran in over twenty running races including the Marine Corps Marathon, Tough Mudder, Richmond Marathon, and Xterra races. Interesting facts about Jason is that he is a music fanatic, in search fro the best macaroni and cheese, and aspiring “mixologist.”