Here’s what to do the day before your marathon to release tension, calm race day nerves and leave you relaxed and ready for the big day.
Whilst the last few days leading up to your race day are all about building up energy reserves and resting your body this can make you feel a bit fidgety. You have been building to this peak of physical fitness and can become a bit “hyper” which can lead to feeling a bit nervous about your race day. Whilst lots of energy reserves are good for your race they need to be controlled and if you are bursting with energy you will benefit from releasing a little bit.
You don’t want to spoil all your hard work and sucumb to race day nerves, so here’s what to do.
The day before the race go out for a 2 to 3 mile really easy run. Don’t get carried away and fall into the trap of going out too hard for too long as you don’t want to deplete your reserves at this stage, and also you could easily pick up an injury.
This run should feel so easy as not to be worth putting your kit on, but it will have a big benefit by calming you down and releasing the tension which has built up.
This easy run should help to calm race day nerves and leave you ready for the big day.
Good luck with your race.
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