On Monday I ran my last long run before my half marathon (almost 16km) and that was such an important and good thing – because I learned lots of things that I have to remember NOT to do during my race next Sunday. Or any race! And as we all learn from our mistakes, I’m going to share them with you guys now. I hope you won’t be as stupid as I am. 😉
Don’t wear too much. I hadn’t checked the temperature and wore my usual long tights, sports bra, long shirt, jacket, gloves and headband. After two kilometers I took of the gloves and headband. After three I opened the jacket. After 6km I took the jacket off and put it around my waist. Super annoying and time-consuming!
Double-knot your shoes. I lost a lot of time when my laces constantly opened before I was smart enough to double-knot them.
Put your phone on airplane-mode or silent without vibration. My grandpa called me three times to ask when I’d be home. I never answered, because I wanted to keep up my pace, but it was so distracting!
Charge your sports watch. You have no idea how annoying it was when my sports watch suddenly stopped measuring my distance because the battery was too low. Thank god I had a running app on too 😉
Know your route. This won’t happen during a race but I wasn’t quite sure about my route and lost quite some time when I tried to figure out where I was. Checking the route before the race might be a good idea too.
Don’t wear new socks or do anything unusual. I figured it would be a good idea to wear double socks in my quite spacy shoes. What happened? I got BLISTERS after just 5km! Couldn’t be worse!
Eat enough. I know this is a tricky one because you might be afraid of over-eating and feeling sick. At least that’s what I was afraid of, so I hadn’t eaten in hours. In the end I got hungry and weak though! I will make sure to get some dextrose to take on my race and have some good carb-loaded breakfast before.
Know your knees (or other weak spots). Yep – I had totally forgotten about them. My sad sad knees that always get painful during long runs on asphalt. Thank god I did this pre-race run and was reminded of it. As sad as it sounds, now I remember to take a painkiller before the half marathon on Sunday.
Okay, I guess now I finally got aaaaall the mistakes that one can do during a race – all of which I did on Monday (face-palm!). I hope you guys are smarter than I was and I wish you all lots and lots of fun running!